On this eve of CONvergence, I’m doing a couple of little last-minute costuming bits to play dress-up with some pals on Saturday.  I’ll also be on some interesting panels, holding a reading, and sitting at the autograph tables. Here’s my schedule:

Magic Realism a la China Mieville (Thurs. 12:30PM with J Boone Dryden, EP Beaumont) A discussion of contemporary storytelling using elements of magic realism. How do you write everyday magic and still keep it magical?

War for the Oaks’ Influence on Urban Fantasy (Friday 2:00PM with Elizabeth Bear, David Lenander, Scott Lynch) How has Emma Bull’s War for the Oaks influenced the Urban Fantasy genre?

Reading in the Literary Lounge – suite 2201 (Friday 3:30PM)

Signing at the autograph tables, second floor (Friday 5:00PM with Kelly McCullough)

Once Upon a Story: Exploring Fairy Tales in Popular Culture (Saturday. 11:00AM with Christine Norris, Emma Bull, Roy T Cook, Martha Wells) What do NBC’s Grimm, Willingham’s “Fables” and Disney have in common? They all propel fantastical stories of antiquity into modern times. Explore where we’ve come from and where we’re going in myth, fairytale, and folklore.

Strong Female Characters – It’s a Trap! (Saturday. 12:30PM with Elizabeth Bear, Lynne M. Thomas, Scott Lynch, Will Shetterly) Different people have different ideas for what a strong female character should be. As a writer, how do you navigate those expectations? How do you create a strong female character without pointing out that she’s “strong” and “female” – she just is?

Signing at the autograph tables, second floor (Sunday, 3:30PM all by my lonesome)

The full convention schedule is found here.