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Speaking about Digital at Cannes 2016

image_en_3_5577052152a64I’m headed down to the Cannes Film Festival and Marché. I’ll be speaking at Cannes Digital, a Festival du film Merveilleux event, about writing interactive stories and how it differs (or doesn’t!) from writing linear tales. I just looked at the list of other speakers, and they’re kind of amazing. Here they are:

Digital Landscape at Cannes
WHEN: 2-4pm, Saturday, May 14th
WHERE: Hotel Eden, 133 Rue d’Antibes, Cannes
WHO:
Liz Rosenthal / Power to the Pixel
CEO

Kristen Konvitz / Indiegogo
Director of Film & Creative

Charlotte Hurni / Cinando ( Marche du Film / Festival de Cannes
Communication Coordinator )

Carole Joly / Cinando ( Marché du Film / Festival de Cannes )
Project manager

Gotham Chandna / Cloud 21
Social Media digital strategist

Yelena Rachitsky / Oculus Story Studio
Creative Producer – Head of Education

Anne Toole / Write Toole
Writers Guild nominee

If you’ll be there, it’s free to attend the panel, so why not come on by? RSVP here.

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Worldbuilding at Dutch Comic-con!

I have modest ambitions this weekend. I’m going to teach how to build an entire world. A universe even. But I won’t be alone. I’ll be joined by several other writers with the equally modest goal of sharing how to create appealing worlds for the reader. If that’s not enough, I’ll also be speaking about the representation of women in games with several other writers of books, comics, and movies. If you’re interested in building worlds for your novel or game, or you’d like to hear about great representations of women in the media, come on down to Dutch Comic con this weekend!Dutch Comic-con

World Building
When: Saturday, March 26th, 3:45pm-4:45pm
Where: Jaarbeurs Utrecht, Speakers Corner, Hall 8 by the American Book Center
Who:
Brian McClellan
Chris Ryall (Editor-in-Chief, IDW)
Adrian Stone
Me!

Bechdel Test Anno 2016
When: Saturday, March 26th, 5-6pm
Where: Jaarbeurs Utrecht, Speakers Corner, Hall 8 by the American Book Center
Who:
Corinne Duyvis
Marieke Nijkamp
​​Tisa Pescar
Ann Vandermeer
Jeff Vandermeer
Me!

If you find yourself near Utrecht in the Netherlands this weekend, join all of us at Dutch Comic Con!

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Lizzie Bennet is seeing Starz!

Lizzie Bennet Diaries

Just in time for Vidcon, the LIZZIE BENNET DIARIES has gotten another boost with the announcement that Starz Digital Media will be repackaging that puppy on various platforms, including my personal favorite, XBox Video. This just goes to show you that everything I write ends up on XBox, one way or another.

The novelization has hit bookstores this week, as well.  If you’re not into actually venturing into bookstores, you can order THE SECRET DIARY OF LIZZIE BENNET online on Amazon, or wherever your heart takes you.

If you’re curious about which episodes I wrote, here’s a round-up I did mid-season.

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Science! Attending Launch Pad Astronomy Workshop

LaunchpadWriting science fiction is part of my job description, which also includes, apparently, coming up with 100 ways to say, “Good job!”  Unlike the latter, I will actually get help with the former from the Launch Pad Astronomy Workshop.  The week-long workshop educates writers in various media education so we can rush off and make our science fiction more science and less fiction.  I’ll be joining the best and brightest in the fields of novels and TV for the experience in Wyoming, which I can safely say is my favorite state I’ve never been to.

For a complete list of this year’s attendees, click here.  If you want to see any of the glorious alum from years past, including Ellen Datlow and Marc Laidlaw, check them out here.

Anyone else been to Wyoming?  Any recommendations?

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Write a book; watch a book

Ever wanted to write a book? Next month is your chance to do so! It’s Nanowrimo, aka National Novel Writing Month, where writers all over the world craft a 50,000-word bio. If this is your first time or your 8th (like me), I gave a few tips to the Book Goodies podcast on how to face down that word count like a pro.

But if you’re not in the mood to write a book, why not watch one? Lizzie Bennet Diaries aired two episodes this week written by this woman, Anne Toole — maybe you’ve heard of her. If you missed my previous episodes or my first post on it, LBD is a modern-day adaptation of Pride & Prejudice, delivered twice a week to Youtube.

Episode 57: Weirded Out: Lizzie thinks Darcy is acting strangely.

Episode 58: Care Packages: Fitz drops a disturbing truth bomb on Lizzie.

Can you guess where we are in the book?

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Got fantasy? “Red Bandit” short story is up!

If you’re feeling a little low in the fantasy department, fuel up with the Red Bandit, my short story published today from Hell Creek Sanitarium.  A librarian’s quiet night in the state library turns upside down when a man takes her captive, intent on stealing a magical tome, even if he has to burn down the entire library along with her.  If you enjoy fantasy, action, romance, and a lot of books, check it out at Drivethrufiction or Paizo.  Kindle and other versions will be available “soon.”

However, if you’re more of a fan of general speculative fiction, why not sponsor me or one of the writers for the Clarion West Write-a-thon.  Using PayPal, you can give as little or as much as you wish, and the money goes toward Clarion West, a non-profit dedicated to furthering speculative fiction.

Are you doing the write-a-thon this year?  Feel free to share your link, too!

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A media map of 2011

My 2011 Map

So, I’ve been playing around in multiple media in 2011, and not just transmedia.  There’s just one problem.  Something’s missing: you.  Let’s collaborate in 2012 to make an even bigger map for all of us.  If we all made maps and combined them at the center, just imagine what crazy fractal media art we’d make!

Ready to build your own map?  I used https://bubbl.us/.  Let’s connect ours and see what beautiful maps we can make!

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