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Balticon here we come!

It’s that time of year for one of our favorite conventions – Balticon, hosted by the Baltimore Science Fiction and Fantasy Society. One of the largest literary conventions in the area, with almost 2,000 participants, it is usually a fun run of panels, catching up with other writer friends, and learning new things.  The Science Track in particular is always strong with the proximity of NASA and Johns Hopkins.

This year, I’m scheduled to present on several panels:

1012 Privilege, Privacy, and Civil Liberties in Science Fiction (Panel)  (Participant), Fri 19:00 – 19:50, Salon B (HVI)
2087 Writing Diverse Characters: Archetypes vs. Stereotypes (Panel)  (Participant), Sat 11:00 – 11:50, Derby (HVI)
2003 Working With Others’ Myths (Panel)  (Participant), Sat 19:00 – 19:50, Salon B (HVI)
3003 Diversity in Popular Culture – Fad or New Normal?  (Panel)  (Participant), Sat 22:00 – 22:50, Salon B (HVI)
4024 Being a Fan of Problematic Things- from HP (Lovecraft) to EL (James) to GRR (Martin) (Panel)  (Participant), Sun 21:00 – 21:50, Tack (HVI)
4063 Women in film/media  (Panel)  (Participant), Mon 09:00 – 10:00, Parlor 1026 (HVI)

I’m very excited about all of them, in particular the “Women in Film.” Having attended for the last couple of years as an author, it is quite different to attend, this year, as a filmmaker.

My first short film will be screening as part of the Film Festival on Sunday evening.  Touch of Love, a 7-minute short is loosely based on a story published at Daily Science Fiction.

African American Memorial Museum – Documentary Research

A quick picture collage from Julia and my research trip to the African American Civil War Museum to learn more about Washington DC during the summer of 1864 and about Fort Stevens in particular. We followed it up with a quick trip to the Washingtoniana room in the Martin Luther King Library looking for even more details.

African American Museum

Panel Accepted! I’m going to Awesome Con!

Yes, I’m going to Awesome Con!

Jason, Stan Lee, and Me

I was accepted on the part of two panels: “Building a Knowledge Bank” and “Comics: Images of Disability – Evil Crip vs. Inspiration Porn” submitted by the super cool Wayland Smith and Kamilah Martin Proctor

Alas, because of scheduling, I can only do one.  I will be at Building a Knowledge Bank on Sunday.  Come on by!  And don’t forget to check out Comics: Images of Disability too!

Comics: Images of Disability – Evil Crip vs. Inspiration Porn Sunday 1:45 PM 2:45 PM 103 A Comics We can’t legislate attitude but with awareness attitudes can change some of the first images youth see are in comic books these images tend to caste people with disabilities in two veins Evil Crip vs. Inspiration Porn let’s have a conversation

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Building a Knowledge Bank Sunday 2:15 PM 3:15 PM 102 B Literature “Write what you know doesn’t mean write less, it means learn more.” Need special knowledge for your story?

AND…because I find it fascinating: The Economic Impact of Awesome Con on the DC Area

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