Suddenly realized I’m starting the penultimate chapter in AMERICAN DEMON with Rachel and Trent. The time piled up behind me on this looks massive in my rear view mirror. Every book is a miracle.
Audible is currently running a 3 for 2 sale, and INTO THE WOODS is being featured. This “sale” is available only to their members, but for those of you who are, it’s a great way to get most of the Hollows shorts that were published as premiums in some of the mass market releases that you might have missed. My favorite of which is Million Dollar Baby, which is the short where Trent and Jenks steal Lucy from Ellasbeth.
But that’s just one of them. It’s a full anthology with several new stories as well. (Even a glimpse of Grace!)
So if you’re a member, or want to be, check it out. It’s read by Ms. Gavin.
And all too fast, the interviews done at Dragoncon 2018 are coming in! Toni Stauffer and I had the chance to find a quiet corner and talk for a few minutes about what I’ve been up to lately as well as dip into my writing process. I even shared with her a picture of my office, a detached building in the middle of my garden. Check it out!
Someone asked me what my favorite moment of DragonCon 2018 was yesterday. Lucky me, I got it on video thanks to Tim. I swear, The best stuff goes on behind the black curtain.
We got together for a quick picture before the Best Selling Authors Tell All panel, and it sort of degraded into a happy mess.
But here’s the official picture: in order from left to right, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Faith Hunter, Kim Harrison, Laurell K. Hamilton, Kevin J. Anderson, Nancy Knight, Gordon Andrews, Ilona Andrews
The next day was my personal panel, and as was my wont, I sat on the table so I could see you better. With me is Carol, who runs the urban fantasy track. (Yay, Carol!) Everyone who came got a copy of THE OPERATOR to take home with them, and the Q&A was great, but my favorite part had to be getting the chance to read the first three pages of rough draft of AMERICAN DEMON, the next Rachel Morgan book I’m working on now–which you all apparently liked. (smile) I also got a fair idea of how an Al POV book set during the elf/demon war in the ever-after would go over.
There was a signing at the AmericasMart building at The Missing Volume, and if you’re in the area, I left signed books with them. While there, I ran into one of my long-time readers who I believe has gotten a book signed from me every year I go out all the way back to about 2005, if I’m thinking right.
My last panel was on Today, and I got the chance to sit on a panel with Richard Kadery. It was really nice to see him again, if only for a few minutes, and I wish I had had more than one panel with him. Happy meet!
And then it was time to head home and back to the final days of summer, because I don’t care what the calendar says, it’s still warm, and my garden is still green, and I need to be in my office, putting words on paper.
The car is packed, and Tim and I are on the road today, piecing the 10 hr drive into two parts so neither of us are exhausted when we get to Atlanta. Besides, we both like to drive, enjoying the time together. If Cincinnati were farther down the road, we’d probably stop there for the night, but I’ll just have to content myself with waving at the Carew Tower as we go by today. The puppies are safely with my mom, and I know she’ll take good care of them. Still, it’s hard to leave after the scare she gave us last week.
Most of the back end there is full of books to give away at my panel on Sunday, so I hope to see some of you. There’s a signing following, so bring all your books! I don’t mind signing the back list. My solo panel was great last year with a ton of Harrison-event newbies. There won’t be any shirts to give away this year, but I do have a little surprise for those who come. 🙂
For all you DragonCon goers, here’s my tentative schedule. I don’t know why it would change, but you never know. Baring a mishap, the first 300 or so people to my solo panel on Sunday will get a free hardcover. Hope to see you there! Bring your questions!
Title: Fantasy Gather
Description: Celebrate the start of the Con and meet the voices of Fantasy literature. Authors will be here to meet you and sign books. Who knows what surprises and treasures you will find?
Time: Friday 8:00 pm Location: Hanover C-E Hyatt (Length: 4 Hours)
Title: Bring your own Magical Creature
Description: How do you take a magical creature and make it your own? Let’s find out from the experts.
Time: Sat 1:00 pm Location: Embassy EF – Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)
(Tentative Panelists: Marc Alan Edelheit, Janny Wurts, Kim Harrison, Larry Correia, Peter S. Beagle, Kal Spriggs )
Title: NYT Bestselling Authors Tell All
Description: The most helpful information to boost your writing career – coming from the top writers in the market today .
Time: Sat 02:30 pm Location: Regency VI-VII – Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)
(Tentative Panelists: Sherrilyn Kenyon, Kevin J. Anderson, Kim Harrison, Faith Hunter, Gordon Andrews, Nancy Knight, Laurell K. Hamilton, Ilona Andrews)
Title: For Good or Ill
Description: Magic in Urban Fantasy serves many purposes, and has multiple uses and effects. Our authors will discuss the role magic plays in their work.
Time: Sat 5:30 pm Location: Chastain 1-2 – Westin (Length: 1 Hour)
(Tentative Panelists: Gordon Andrews, Kim Harrison, Myke Cole, James A. Hunter, Robert Jackson Bennett, Laura Anne Gilman)
Off-site signing at Americasmart Building 2
Description: The Missing Volume book store has a selection of many authors apearing at DragonCon. I’ll be there to sign whatever you buy!
Time: Sun 01:00 pm Location: Americasmart Building #2, booths 1201, 2103, 1300, 1302 (Length: 1 Hour)
Tentative Panelists: Kim Harrison, Melissa F. Olson
Title: An Hour with Kim Harrison
Description: Audience Q&A with the best-selling author of The Hollows series, the Peri Reed Chronicles, and the Madison Avery series for young adults.
Time: Sun 04:00 pm Location: Centennial I – Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)
(Tentative Panelists: Kim Harrison)
Title: Autograph Session Kim Harrison
Time: Sun 05:30 pm Location: International Hall, South 4-5 Marriott (Length: 1 Hour)
(Tentative Panelists: Kim Harrison)
Title: Saving her Corner of the World, A Lot: Female Protagonists in UF
Description: Urban Fantasy protagonists as as protectors on both large and smaller scales. Our panel will explain how their characters accomplish that goal, and how doing so defines them.
Time: Sun 10:00 pm Location: Chastain 1-2 – Westin (Length: 1 Hour)
(Tentative Panelists: Kim Harrison, Laura Anne Gilman, Nancy Holzner, Faith Hunter, Gordon Andrews, Jeanne C. Stein)
Title: Deals With The Devil: Consorting with the Dark Side in UF
Description: Urban Fantasy protagonists sometimes find themselves working with those they typically fight against. Our panel will discuss how this situation effects those characters and their worlds.
Time: Monday 11:30 am Location: Chastain 1-2 – Westin (Length: 1 Hour)
(Tentative Panelists: Gordon Andrews, Ilona Andrews, Faith Hunter, Kim Harrison, Laura Anne Gilman, Richard Kadrey)
Melody first, my dear, or so they say when you compose lyrics/music. I don’t know if that’s true or not, but it’s been my pattern to spend a day giving structure to a new chapter by writing the dialog out first, let it sit over night, and then turn it into text the next day. It’s a technique I’ve been using for years, and where there used to be a fairly reliable 1:2 ratio of dialog to text, page wise, it’s slowly evolved to more of a 2:3 ratio now.
I’ve noticed my chapters are getting longer, too, but that might be an artifact of having an increasing number of people interacting at one time, stretching myself. I like brevity, but sometimes, there’s a need for everyone to be there. The chapter I’m in now has Rachel, Trent, Quen, Llaze, Bis, and Jenks. Oh, and Buddy, the dog. Remember Buddy? Trent took him in after all. So it’s a full chapter, and they all need to be see/heard at least once a page or you forget about them. Writing dialog first lets me spin through the proposed chapter a couple of times in a short span to make sure I have everyone interacting, or at least, being seen doing their own thing. I shudder at trying to put all the fun stuff, like Llaze using his mouth to catch the Cheerios Jenks is throwing, in at text stage, but in dialog? It’s easier. Low stress.
Today I’m doing text, having spent the first few hours of my day shifting things around after a good think about it last night. For me, it’s a lot easier to change a chapter in this state then after I’ve put in all the physical movement. Not nearly the number of slips where a character is sitting down twice before standing up or needing six hands to hold everything.
I’ve also found that this technique of dialog first, text second has gotten me through more than a few instances of what could have developed into writer’s block. There’s a lot less performance stress if all you task yourself with when you sit down is dialog, and once that is solid, the rest sort of fills in on its own.
So if you’re stuck, give it a try!
Dialog first, my dear.