• Daily Life

    Dublin 2019 Worldcon schedule!

    Here are the formal (and some less formal, but already-booked) places I’ll be for Worldcon 2019 in Dublin! YAY!

    The popularity of Anti-Heroes in Comics
    Format: Panel
    15 Aug 2019, Thursday 11:30 – 12:20, Odeon 3 (Point Square Dublin)
    Deadpool, Harley Quinn, The Punisher, Ghost Rider: in many ways insane, evil individuals – hardly what we would call heroes! And yet they are some of the most popular and interesting comics characters around! Are they better-written characters (and if so, why)? Do readers, and creators, need a counterpoint to all the feats of noble heroism to which action heroes are typically inspired.

    Reading: C. E. Murphy
    Format: Reading
    15 Aug 2019, Thursday 19:30 – 19:50, Liffey Room-2 (CCD)

    War Room Meetup
    Format: SQUEEEEEEEEEE!!!
    16 Aug 2019, Friday 09:00 – 12:00

    Which Comic Was Your Manual?
    Format: Panel
    16 Aug 2019, Friday 15:30 – 16:20, Odeon 2 (Point Square Dublin)
    We ask our panel of comics professionals what comics,  graphic novels, and series they regularly use as reference and for inspiration. Who do they personally consider to be the comic book greats and why? And are these works useful to everyone, or just to comic creators?

    Autographs: Friday at 17:00
    Format: Autographing
    16 Aug 2019, Friday 17:00 – 17:50, Level 4 Foyer (CCD)

    Comic art: a buyer’s market
    Format: Panel
    17 Aug 2019, Saturday 11:30 – 12:20, Alhambra (Point Square Dublin)
    There are far more artists trying to get into mainstream comics than there is work for them to do. This means that firms always have the advantage when they’re dealing with new artists. What are the less obvious areas where it’s possible to find comics work, and how do you avoid being taken for a ride?

    Saturday Night Dinner
    booked :)

    Fantasies of Irish emigration
    Format: Panel
    18 Aug 2019, Sunday 12:00 – 12:50, Wicklow Room-2 (CCD)
    Urban fantasy abounds with characters from Irish mythology and folklore, but most of these stories are set in London or America rather than Ireland itself. The panel will examine the influence of Irish culture on urban fantasy and the abiding popularity of Irish mythology across the diaspora.

    Trailblazer: Anne McCaffrey’s legacy and legend
    Format: Panel
    18 Aug 2019, Sunday 17:00 – 17:50, Wicklow Hall-1 (CCD)
    Dragons and genetic engineering, psychics and aliens, opera and communication crystals, and even a unicorn girl: Anne McCaffrey’s books were as unique as the woman herself. Join us for a celebration of the first woman to ever win a Hugo Award for fiction and a Nebula Award.

    Kaffeeklatsch: C. E. Murphy
    Format: Kaffeeklatsch
    19 Aug 2019, Monday 10:00 – 10:50, Level 3 Foyer (KK/LB) (CCD)

  • Photography,  Snapshots

    late night dublin wander

    I went to my sister’s musical last night, and having foolishly failed to check the train times, discovered at 10 o’clock, on my way to the train station, that there was not a half ten train, only a 10pm one and a half eleven one. So I ended up wandering around city centre, getting some extra steps in and taking crappy late night phone camera pictures, which I will now share with you. :)

    The General Post Office, commonly referred to as the GPO, on O’Connell Street. This was the headquarters for the leaders of the Easter Rising of 1916. The building was, as it turned out, completely destroyed, leaving nothing but this facade. There are still bullet holes in it.

    Pretty fricking posh for a bank, mate. This is the Bank of Ireland building, which used to be the Irish Parliamet buildings back when Ireland was allowed one by the British. Eventually the Bank of Ireland bought it, although I guess it’s not actually used as a bank anymore, either. I’ve not been inside.

    Immediately across the street from the Bank of Ireland is Trinity College.

    Looking down Fleet Street into Temple Bar.

    Rainbows on the River Liffey, with the International Financial Services Centre in the background.

    The front and back of what turn out to be the Custom House, although Twitter had to tell me that.


    I was going to go down to the Seamus Heaney Bridge and the CDC, but it started spitting rain, so that’s the sum of my late night photogrphy tour of Dublin. :)

  • Uncategorized

    A-Gaimaning we went!

    Back from Dublin, where we had an extremely nice ‘weekend’, ate *way* too much generally excellent food, saw friends, got books signed, signed some books, and spent too much money.

    Gaiman-related details under the cut, since that’s probably most of what people want to read about anyway. :)

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    quick note before bed

    Ellen Million, who rocks, has scanned a couple of short stories I wrote in college and sent me copies of them, ’cause one, at least, I’m sure I don’t have. That one is a Beauty and the Beast story which, to the best of my own recollection, is a huge rip-off of Robin McKinley’s BEAUTY, except, like, written my way. :) So I’ll be reading both of those stories with fascinated trepidation sometime here soon…

    Realised this evening that the smart thing to do was take the synopsis for Chance #6 with me on the bus and work on that script instead of trying to work on TPC, which I’m in the middle of a chapter on. So I’ve printed out the synopsis and we’ll see how that goes tomorrow.

    Yesterday I actually wrote 3500 words, but they weren’t technically fiction; they were synopsis for TPC. So I don’t really get to count those toward my 12K this week, which is kind of depressing, or toward my YTD wordcount, although I’m reconsidering that. Maybe synopses should count toward that. I don’t know that I get to count the Chance script toward the 12K, either, since what my brain really meant when it said “write 12K this week” was “write 12K on TPC this week”. But Chance scripts at least count toward the ytd wordcount.

    I have to get up, in theory rather early, to get on a bus to Dublin, so I really must go to bed now.

    ytd wordcount: 75,500
    miles to Minas Tirith: 97.5

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