Monthly Archives: January 2019

“Daddy’s Home. Gin Every Night.”

What happens when you watch four episodes of Marie Kondo and the American Godzilla (the good one with Heisenberg, Kickass, and Scarlet Witch)? You go through the kitchen like Sherman marching through Georgia. Ten bags of trash later, the kitchen was tidy and the liquor closet  was in our sights.

Many quaint, but undrinkable, bottles were discarded and three half bottles of gin were uncovered. Those were remnants of my last mother’s visits. She died in 2010. The mix of hours of dust inhalation and bittersweet memories inspired me to drink. The mash-up of the welcome home scene of the younger Brody returning from deployment and a tidying hangover was born.

“Daddy’s Home. Gin Every Night.”

I’m sure we’re not the first couple driven to drink by that Japanese tidiness leprechaun.

- ELLE: Daddy's home. - Cake every night.

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Storming the ConFusion

I have been home sick today. I hope this will not prevent me from attending ConFusion this weekend, as I could not attend for the same reason last year. I am doing better, and expect to do better this Friday . If you happen to be in the Detroit neighborhood this weekend, you can catch me at one of these multiples panels.

Friday 6 pm.

Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance

Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance have a lot in common: mythical creatures in modern settings, noir and crime fiction aesthetics, and, often, romantic plotlines. What distinguishes the two genres, and where to they overlap? How do they use their common elements to create different goals?

Jennifer Blackstream (M), Andrew M. ‘Fish’ Popowich, Josef Matulich, Michael Cieslak, Delilah Dawson

Saturday 11 am.

Applying the Social Model of Disability to Genre Worldbuilding

The social model of disability holds that whatever someone’s physical traits, what renders a person disabled are physical and social structures not built to accommodate them. In The Princess Bride, Count Rugen’s six fingers don’t impede his swordsmanship–the fact that swords aren’t built for his hand does. In the real world, what limits a wheelchair driver’s freedom isn’t their wheelchair, but spaces that aren’t built for wheelchair access. We’ll discuss how to incorporate the social model of disability into fantasy and science fiction world-building to build fictional worlds where people with wide ranges of physical traits and abilities have agency and self-determination, and talk about our favorite fictional worlds that are doing this right.

Josef Matulich (M), Jordan Kurella, Sandee Rodriguez, Petra Kuppers

Saturday 12 pm.

How To Storm A Castle: Pre-Industrial Defenses Around The World

How, precisely, do you storm a castle? Join our panel to discuss pre-industrial building defenses, their strengths and vulnerabilities, and how to get past them if you need to defeat the evil prince within.

Chris Bell (M), Josef Matulich, Scott H. Andrews, Ada Palmer

Saturday 3 pm. 

Autograph Session (I will have all my Arcanum Faire books with me)

Ada Palmer, Angus Watson, Anthony W. Eichenlaub, Cat Rambo, Diana Rowland, Dyrk Ashton, Jason Sanford, Joe R. Lansdale, Josef Matulich, Keith Hughes, Lucy A. Snyder, Mackenzie Flohr, Mark Oshiro, Michael R. Underwood, Mur Lafferty, Stacey Filak, Tracy Townsend

Saturday 4 pm. 

Reading (I will give the audience their choice of two WIPs: Killer GMO Squirrels, or Chinese Air Pirates.

Tracy Townsend, Josef Matulich, Mackenzie Flohr

Sunday 2 pm.

Expanding The Definition of Witchcraft

Witchcraft in fiction often taps into real world tragedies, myths and folklore, spiritual practices, sexuality and gender treatment through the lens of Western occultism. Witchcraft, however, is more than riding brooms or dancing naked. Panelists will explore the definition of witch and then provide examples of witches through underrepresented lenses.

Monica Valentinelli (M), Josef Matulich, Paul Kemner, A. Carina Spears

I hope to see you all there!

 

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