So a quick summary of FenCon. The con went well, and as far as I can tell, with one exception came off very smoothly. I sat on 4 panels, of which I’ll sum up my thoughts below.
1) When Action Gets in the Way of the Story:
Basically, try to make sure that you’re not going overboard in any kind of action scene, whether it’s a sword fight, a car chase, or a sex scene. If there’s not some sort of character development or plot advancement going on in the action, then why is it there?
I don’t know that we had a major statement, but my thought was: Once you hit enter, it’s out there. Don’t count on ‘privacy settings’ or ‘forum honor systems’ to keep your words private. Those can always fail. Think before you type, please.
3) Babylon 5
We liked Babylon 5. What else is there to say?
4) Revision Indecision
Every writer has a different process, but the editors are trying to help your work be more marketable, and therefore are worth hearing out.
I had lunch with Michelle Muenzler after that last panel, and one of the things that we discussed is those writers who resist editing because they see their writing as their babies. I tend to think that people who want to be published in traditional markets really have to think of their works as products, not children.
It’s like a cake at a bakery. It’s a product. You finish it and you send it out into the world. You don’t keep refrosting the cake over and over and over, pull it off the shelf because the lettering isn’t quite right and redo all the lettering, take off all the frosting and try again. You put the cake on the shelf and go in the back and start baking another cake.
And I’ve started looking at my Con Schedule for next year. I’ll probably add ConDFW, but after talking to the person who was arranging a workshop for RT, I learned that we didn’t get picked up, so I’m not going there next year. (So $$$$ if I’m not presenting.)
So I plan to do: ConDFW, Conquest (maybe), ArmadilloCon, WorldCon, FenCon, and WFC. THat’s the most traveling I’ve ever done in one year. I hope I survive 2014!