DeeAnn has been acting as pre-con liaision for all the Guests of Honor (GoHs), including author Anne Bishop, artist Larry Elmore, editor Liz Gorinsky, and media GoH Matt Vancil. This seems to involve lots of e-mail, intermittent telephone calls, and making maps and gift baskets. I do my best to help where I can, and stay out of her way otherwise.
Myself, I'm running the Open Read and Critiques (ORCs) again, as I have since 2009. Here's this year's blurb:
An Open Read & Critique (ORC) is an opportunity to read the first 750 words of your short story or novel aloud to your peers and receive a Clarion-style critique of your work. Our theme is "How to Hook a Reader." All writers and genres are welcome! Look for sign-up sheets outside our meeting room starting Friday morning (first come, first served). Content should be rated PG-13 and contain no explicit sex, graphic violence, or excessive profanity. More info online at: http://35.orycon.org/activities-events/orc/Because I can't resist tinkering with the schedule, this time around the one-hour ORC sessions will happen:
- Friday at 2pm
- Friday at 8pm
- Saturday at 1pm
- Saturday at 2pm
So yeah, that second weekend in November is going to be pretty interesting.