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ConFusion Schedule

I’ll be at ConFusion this weekend, along with a ridiculously long list of cool people. When I’m not doing panels, I suspect I’ll be spending all my free time meeting and catching up with folks. (With occasional introvert breaks where I retreat to my hotel room to recover for a few minutes.)

My official schedule looks like so:

Saturday, 1/22

  • 11 a.m. So grim. Much serious. Wow. (Moderating)
    • Humor and light-hearted adventures have a storied history in science fiction and fantasy. Yet it seems modern work is focused on the darker elements of story telling. Is genre too po-faced outside the work of certain specifically ‘comedy’ writers? Why do so many writers steer clear of overt fun?
  • Noon. Novel Gazing.
    • The Male Gaze is often discussed in relation to how women are objectified in fiction. Less common is the Female Gaze, which is often confused as a direct opposite to its Male counterpart. What are the Male and Female Gaze? How are they different? And how is the Female Gaze changing fiction for the better?
  • 3 p.m. The Princess Problem.
    • Are princesses actually the problem? Does shaming the idea of princesses and the femininity they represent push girls out of the narrow marketing confines of the pink aisles, or does it harm them in other ways? What about girls of color who so rarely see themselves represented as princesses, or cis boys who want to be Elsa, or trans girls who want to see themselves, too? How do we combat the confining box that is “princess culture” without shaming kids who enjoy princesses and the positive traits they’ve come to represent?
  • 4 p.m. Autographing Session.
  • 6 p.m. Cover Art: The Good, The Bad, and the WTF.
    • No genre places more emphasis on stunning cover art than science fiction and fantasy. It often goes right, but not always. With powerful visual projection, the panelists will observe a series of good, bad, and WTF covers from science fiction and fantasy, provide commentary, both in praise and… not.

Sunday, 1/23

  • 10 a.m. Fanwriting in the 21st Century
    • Before there were SF conventions, there were fanzines. Fanzines are still around (one of our panelists won a Hugo for hers) but now there are blogs and podcasts and fanfic too. Our panelists talk about what fanwriting is and why it’s as important as ever in the 21st century.

This is one of my favorite conventions. I can’t wait to see everyone there!

Mirrored from Jim C. Hines.

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starcat_jewel
Jan. 18th, 2016 05:21 pm (UTC)
This is where I drop in an idea picked up from a Facebook post. Somebody posted about how, when she was a little girl and wanted to be a Princess, her father became her Royal Advisor. They'd have tea, and he'd talk about issues the Kingdom was facing -- things like immigration, the economy, and foreign policy -- and encourage her to find workable approaches to them. This struck me as a terrific way to subvert the Princess meme, and it's good parenting to boot! That girl will never forget how her father took time to play with her.
baker_kitty
Jan. 18th, 2016 09:19 pm (UTC)
That sounds so cool! What an awesome dad. :) (and a great intro to poli sci, too *g*)
paragraphs
Jan. 18th, 2016 06:50 pm (UTC)
This sounds like a fantastic con! I would love to attend those panels - afterward, will you do recaps of what went down, by any chance?
jimhines
Jan. 18th, 2016 07:03 pm (UTC)
Usually, I do more of an overall con summary and picture-spam post, but we'll see.

The con staff have done a lot of work to build it up over the years, and I think it's really paid off.
paragraphs
Jan. 18th, 2016 08:35 pm (UTC)
I would love to have a legitimately good reason to go to more cons (only caught Dragoncon last year). This looks like such a fun one. Con summaries are good too - sometimes, I wish panels were all videotaped. :)
deborahblakehps
Jan. 18th, 2016 07:01 pm (UTC)
Sounds like a blast! I wish I could be there!
jayene
Jan. 18th, 2016 09:42 pm (UTC)
I am counting down the days till Friday. My husband is bring our youngest and minding him for the weekend so that I can do all the things and have a real break.
ckd
Jan. 19th, 2016 07:27 am (UTC)
I can't wait to be there too!
dionysus1999
Jan. 19th, 2016 07:33 pm (UTC)
Was just ruminating on what it takes to be a writer who can do humor well. Will look forward to seeing you this Saturday.
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