After The Silence of Treeswas published, it was a treat to hear from readers by email and social media. More rare, but so wonderful, was art made in response to the novel.
Elis Alves is an artist currently residing in Curitiba, Southern Brazil, who tagged me on Instagram last week with her most recent project, “Visual 56” which combines photography and arts with her love of literature. Elis creates visual art in response to some of her favorite quotes. Each week she also writes about her creative process.
You can see the art Elis Alves created for The Silence of Trees and read her explanation in the link below. (Fun fact: The previous week’s image was inspired by a quote from Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere. 🙂 )
I love the ways that we continue to inspire one another, building on that creative continuum as one artist influences another: in reaction to, in response to, in imitation of, in communication with, and so on…
Summer is nearly over (and I have yet to write about the adventures and catch up on all the things), like the successful second annual Wyrd Words workshop:
While it was full and happy, I’m eager for the renewed routine that Autumn brings. I’m home from a trip overseas with the kids to visit friends (more on that hopefully soon), with enough time to do laundry, buy school supplies, and pack once more…this time for DragonCon (my first time)
The beautiful Gullfoss waterfall, Iceland.
Landscape outside Reykjavik, Iceland.
Hever Castle and Gardens, the childhood home of Anne Boleyn.
Now it’s time to try on things and decide what to pack for DragonCon 2016. (I may have picked up an accoutrement or two in recent travels.)
If you’re attending DragonCon, my co-author Stephen H. Segal and I will be talking about and reading from Geek Parenting on Sunday at 2:30pm; we’re also on a panel about “How Horror Fans Raise Kids” on Saturday at 11:30am.
In the meantime, if you’re looking for ideas for your own upcoming adventures, here’s a piece on travel that Stephen and I wrote for Quirk:
“Geeks seek to boldly go where no one has gone before, right? Sometimes that means studying artificial intelligence or genetics or astrophysics. Sometimes it means reading sci-fi and fantasy novels or playing mind-expanding videogames. And sometimes it means getting in the car, picking some quirky destination that connects somehow to all that beloved magical stuff, and driving across state lines to explore the strange new worlds that await out there among our fellow Americans.
Every nerdy family, after all, needs to get away sometimes…”
Looking for fish in the crater lake. (Kerið, a volcanic crater lake in Iceland.)
If you’re involved with publishing or books in some way or another, you likely know that BEA (BookExpo America) is in Chicago this year (May 11-13). What you may not know is that there’s another literary event overlapping as well. The Nebula Conference is in Chicago on May 12-15 and will feature seminars and panel discussions on the craft and business of writing.
There is no one path to being a writer (except for the work of writing and revising). Some of us have gone through MFA or PhD programs. Some of us come from backgrounds in journalism or advertising. We are lawyers, teachers, therapists, burlesque dancers, parents, doctors, baristas, puppeteers. We have varied experiences, perspectives, and skill sets. Conventions and conferences give us the opportunity to learn from one another, and the Nebula Conference has assembled an impressive array of topics that are timely and relevant.
Here’s a sampling of the programming options for writers who register for the Nebula Conference Weekend:
Best Practices for an Author Website
Commissioning, Working With, and Compensating Expert Readers
Fighting the Harassment Game
Podcasting for Writers
Language as Rebellion
Historical Research from the Margins
The Moral Responsibility of the Storyteller
Day Jobs for Writers
What Teens Are Looking for in YA Literature
The Future of Racism
BarCon and other Secret Handshakes
So you want an assistant…
Western Narratives, There is No Single Voice in The West, So Why Do Only Hear From One?
Defense Against The Dark Arts: Protecting Yourself and Others From Harassment Online
Literary EstatesPart I and II (pre-reg required)
How to Give an Effective Reading
Celebrating its 50th anniversary, the annual SFWA Nebula Conference will be held at the Palmer House and will include professional programming, receptions, and an awards banquet and ceremony with Toastmaster John Hodgman.
On May 13, a mass autographing session will also take place at the Palmer House that is FREE and open to the public. You can view the list of participants here. (I’ll be there with Stephen signing copies of Geek Parenting! Stop by and say hello!)
While the organization sponsoring the weekend, SFWA, is a professional organization for authors of science fiction, fantasy and related genres, the programming and speakers participating in the conference are pertinent to all manner of professional writers. From freelancing to social media, digital assets to agents—these topics transcend genre and will be presented by professional writers, editors, lawyers, and social media specialists.