Miscon Schedule 2016

It’s that time again! I’m heading out to Missoula, and I hope to get to say hello to some of you guys there. I’ll also have copies of WOLFSBANE available in the dealer’s room.

Take special note of my reading–I’ll be reading from a never-before-seen (or heard) short story!

Fri 5:00 – 5:50 PM, Beyond The Fangs, Ballroom B
Moderator: Diana Pharaoh Francis (Di); Panelists: Jim Butcher, Diana Pharaoh Francis (Di), Julie Frost, Rhiannon Held, Randy Henderson

Urban Fantasy encompasses more than just vampires and werewolves, yet it seems that the fanged creatures of the night have captured the limelight. What other creatures, dangerous and ghastly, lurk around dark city corners?

Sat 10:00 – 10:50 AM, Storytelling in Once Upon a Time, Jefferson
Moderator: Krista Wallace; Panelists: Rhiannon Held, C.L Norman (Candi), Krista Wallace

Let’s talk about storytelling techniques the writers of Once Upon a Time use to tell the characters’ stories, including the use of flashback. What do they do well? Where do they miss the mark?

Sat 11:00 – 11:50 AM, The Role of Stories, Gallatin
Panelists: Carol Berg, Rhiannon Held, Meradeth Houston

Every culture might interpret the same story in vastly different ways (Ex: Hamlet). Unique cultures can also independently create startlingly similar stories. What is it about stories that make them such an entrenched part of human culture? Why is the morality tale the preferred way to instruct youth in societal norms? Is it possible that stories are the key to understanding what it means to be human?

Sat 3:00 – 3:50 PM, Fiction Slam Readings, Tent By the Trees (1)
Moderator: Rhiannon Held; Panelists: Julie Frost, Rhiannon Held, Frog Jones

Come hear your favorite pro read a selection of their work.
1500: Rhiannon Held

1520: Julia Frost
1540: Frog Jones

Sat 4:00 – 4:50 PM, Crafting Unique Titles, Gallatin
Moderator: Rhiannon Held; Panelists: Brenda Carre, Diana Pharaoh Francis (Di), Rhiannon Held, Laurey Patten

How much work do I put into a title for my book or short story? How do I chose one? What titles worked for you? Are the titles themselves becoming tropes?

Sun 11:00 – 11:50 AM, Meet & Greet/Signing: Rhiannon Held/Guy Pace, Hotel Lobby of Doom
Panelists: Rhiannon Held, Guy Pace

Meet a few of our authors, get signatures, and see what they’re up to these days.

Sun 5:00 – 5:50 PM, Depicting Emotions in Fiction, Ballroom B
Moderator: Spencer G. Ellsworth; Panelists: Spencer G. Ellsworth, Rhiannon Held, Michael Hodges, Christopher Paolini

Do you remember the last time you cried during a really good book? Or how about that time you laughed out loud to the embarrassment of all? Have you ever wanted to capture that sort of emotion in your own writing? In this panel we’ll discuss how to write killer scenes that will have your readers so emotionally entangled, it’ll take a psychologist to get them out.

Mon 11:00 – 11:50 AM, What I Learned Along the Path of Failure, Ballroom B
Moderator: Rhiannon Held; Panelists: Jim Butcher, Rhiannon Held, Robin Hobb, J.A. Pitts

Writing basics that no one ever tells you. “I thought I could do this but everyone in the room looked at me like I had three heads.” Don’t apologize for something you haven’t learned yet. Learn from your mistakes. Join us for a discussion about giving and receiving critique the right way. Tips and tricks to turn that rejection into something positive.

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Kickstarter Anthology

I have another cool, shared project announcement for you guys! My story is going to be part of Untethered: A Magic iPhone Anthology! It’s part of a Kickstarter right now, so if you’re interested in reading my story and lots of cool others ones about the intersection of magic and technology, take a look!

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Wolfsbane Audiobook and Essay

Two exciting pieces of news today!

The first is that WOLFSBANE is now out in audiobook!

The second is that you can now preorder a copy of THE USUAL PATH TO PUBLICATION, a collection of essays about how writers got first published. I share the table of contents with very august company! It comes out in June.

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Norwescon 2016 Schedule

I will be at Norwescon, coming up March 25-27! I hope you will be too, and will come say hi! I will have print copies of WOLFSBANE along as well.

Fri 11:00 AM-12:00 PM – Cascade 3&4
So You’ve Finished a First Draft
Django Wexler (M), Rhiannon Held, Randy Henderson, Frances Pauli, Laura Anne Gilman

Fri 2:00 PM-3:00 PM – Cascade 9
Fighting Through the 20k Slump
Rhiannon Held (M), Django Wexler, Lawrence M. Schoen, John (J.A.) Pitts, Carol Berg

Sat 2:00 PM-3:00 PM – Grand 2
Autograph Session 1
Amber Bariaktari , Caroline M. Yoachim, Dave Bara, Dean Wells, Erik Scott de Bie, G. Willow Wilson, James C. Glass, Jennifer Brozek, John (J.A.) Pitts, Kristi Charish, Django Wexler, Frog Jones, Rhiannon Held, Sonia Orin Lyris, S. A. Bolich, Morgue Anne, Robert J. Sawyer, Spencer Ellsworth, Steven Barnes, Tori Centanni, Cat Rambo, Don Maitz, GregRobin Smith, Jeremy Zimmerman, Laura Anne Gilman

Sun 10:00 AM-11:00 AM – Cascade 10
Vampire Dystopias & Other Saturated Markets
Tori Centanni (M), Elizabeth Guizzetti, Rhiannon Held, Kristi Charish

Sun 11:00 AM-12:00 PM – Cascade 13
Worldbuilding: Standards of Beauty in Secondary Worlds
Alex C. Renwick (M), Rhiannon Held, Nathan Crowder, David J. Peterson, Sar Surmick

Sun 12:00 PM-1:00 PM – Cascade 9
Similar Tropes, Different Stories
Rhiannon Held (M), Leslie Howle, Raven Oak

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Eligibility Post

In the past, I’ve done one of these only rarely–I was, after all, concentrating on my novels, and I know how hard it is to get series books onto nomination lists if you’re not, you know, the Wheel of Time. That’s why now that I’m doing one, I’m throwing my weight behind something entirely new and entirely self-contained:

Thinking in Pieces is in the short story category. It’s short, sweet, and free to read!

I also thought, 2015 will be the year in which I read a ton of short fiction throughout the year to inform my own nominations. That, I am sad to say, did not happen. However, I did read a really cool book called Updraft by a really cool writer named Fran Wilde, and she happens to have recommended a ton of great 2015 speculation fiction that I intend to be working my way down as much as I can in the next few weeks. Check it out!

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Short Story Out

My new urban fantasy short story is now available online to read for free!

Thinking in Pieces, Urban Fantasy Magazine, December 2015

A taste:

When the woman built her mind from crows, she chose them for their cleverness, their puzzle-solving. She had not expected to find them so stubborn, so resistant to thinking together. But she’d had few good choices with no mind of her own, she supposed.

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Holiday Wolfsbane Sale!

Starting today (Friday, November 27) for one week only, the Wolfsbane ebook is on sale for $1.99! If you’ve been holding back, unsure, or if there’s someone among your family and friends who might like it as a present, grab it now!

Links: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Smashwords
Links to many other fine purveyors of the written word: Goodreads

(If any of these links don’t show the sale price yet, check back later in the day. Sometimes the systems take a while to refresh)

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Orycon 2015 Schedule

It’s that time again! Next weekend, come and stop by and see me at one of my panels at Orycon, in Portland. I’ll also have print copies of Wolfsbane with me!

My schedule:

Fri Nov 20 4:00:pm to 5:00:pm
Buy Your Unconscious Mind a Drink

How to get your creative mind to talk to you. How writing prompts, mind maps, creative dates with yourself, tarot and story telling cards can help you tap the muse.
Rhiannon Held, Jason Andrew, Bill Johnson, Kristin Landon, J. A. Pitts, Andrew S. Fuller

Sat Nov 21 10:00:am to 11:00:am
Mary Sue and why does everyone hate her?

Readers like a character they can connect with, so why not create the perfect character with everything going for him or her? Why do readers find that annoying? How can you tell if your character is a Mary Sue, and if it`s so bad to write a Mary Sue, what`s the alternative?
Rhiannon Held, Rob McMonigal, Alex C Renwick, (*)Barb Hendee, Richard A. Lovett

Sat Nov 21 12:00:pm to 1:00:pm
Backstory: Too Much, Too Little, Just Right

What to use, what to lose. Writing the details without having to explain every last one. How to earn the right for exposition in your fiction.
Judith R. Conly, James Patrick Kelly, SD Perry, (*)Rhiannon Held, Doug Odell

Sat Nov 21 3:00:pm to 4:00:pm
Fantasy Tropes and Cliches

The good, the bad, and the ugly. Which ones are overused, which ones are integral to the genre, and which ones are horrible, but we love them anyway.
Ann Gimpel, Alma Alexander, Rhiannon Held, (*)Amber D. Sistla, Barb Hendee

Sun Nov 22 12:00:pm to 1:00:pm
The Gender Talk

Is it really that hard to write someone of a different gender?
J. A. Pitts, (*)Sharon Joss, Rhiannon Held, Esther Jones, Dale Ivan Smith

Sun Nov 22 1:00:pm to 2:00:pm
The Paranormal as Metaphor

Is a vampire ever just a vampire?
(*)Jeff Davis, Laura Whitcomb, Stephen Couchman, Rhiannon Held, Kristi Charish

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Wolfsbane is Out!

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For all you fans of the Silver series, the wait is over! Wolfsbane, Book 4, is now out!

When an envoy arrives from the secretive Russian werewolf pack, Roanoke alphas Silver and Andrew Dare are instantly suspicious. Tatiana claims she has been sent to locate an heirloom, lost by immigrants centuries ago, but she and the alphas both suspect that Russia fears the strength of the newly-united, continent-spanning Roanoke pack.

What Tatiana doesn’t realize is that her pack is willing to sacrifice even their own trained spy for their goals. The drugged wine they’ve given her is too strong, and instead of rendering Silver and Andrew biddable, it nearly kills her and traps the alphas in dreams that could destroy them. The alphas must fight to wake and Tatiana must fight to help them—because with the furious Roanoke pack howling for her blood, her life could depend on it.

Print and ebook: Amazon and Barnes and Noble
Print: Powells
Ebook: Smashwords
Links to many other fine purveyors of the written word: Goodreads

And as always, if you like it, think about telling your friends or leaving a review!

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Central BC Photo Album

As is my wont when I go on vacation tours of historical sites, I have created a photo album with archaeological (well, archaeological in that they were written by an archaeologist) ramblings about history, scenery, and general silliness.

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