Archive for the ‘Read My Stuff.’ Category

My Sasquan Worldcon 2015 Schedule

Hey y’all,

I’ll be panelling and reading at this year’s Worldcon. Here’s my schedule!

Steampunk: Aesthetics vs. Content

Thursday 15:00 – 15:45, 302AB (CC)

Steampunk is known for being pretty, but what about real content? Is it that dramatically different from other genres? Or are most steampunk stories like one genre with a veneer of steampunk?

Writing Diverse Characters

Thursday 16:00 – 16:45, Spokane Falls Suite A/B (Doubletree)

There was a time when most science fiction writers were geeky white guys with military experience, so most of their characters tended to be geeky, white guys with military experience…including often the aliens. What are some of the tricks to creating diverse charcters? What are some better examples of fiction with diverse, well-written characters?

Reading – Grá Linnaea

Friday 14:30 – 15:00, 301 (CC)

Come hear me read, yo!

What Prose Writers Can Learn From Comics

Friday 15:00 – 15:45, Spokane Falls Suite A/B (Doubletree)

Prose and comic writing are different. How a prose writer can apply some of the techniques from comics to help them become a better writer.

My upcoming Orycon schedule

Hey y’all,

I’ll be doing panels and giving a reading at Orycon. Here’s my schedule!


Social Media and the Modern Writer

Jefferson/Adams Fri Nov 8 12:00pm1:00pm

Websites, Facebook fan pages, email lists, contests, twitter, tumblr,
Pinterest, ads, blogs and that annoying thing called a “platform”: what
works, what doesn’t, and why you need to care (spoiler: you do).

Grá Linnaea, William Hertling, Jason Andrew, Aaron Duran, Cat Rambo,
Peter A. Smalley

Pitch it to Me: The Art of the Elevator Speech

Morrison Fri Nov 8 1:00pm2:00pm

Hone your skills for pitching to literary agents, editors, and film agents
and managers. Bring your pitch questions and learn how to pitch

Grá Linnaea, Steven Barnes, Todd McCaffrey, Linn Prentis, Blythe

Effective Readings

Morrison Fri Nov 8 3:00pm4:00pm

You may be a good writer, but reading aloud is a separate skill. Learn to
make your words on the page sound great.

Liz Argall, Anne Bishop, David D. Levine, Grá Linnaea, Sonia Orin

Horror and Dark Fantasy

Ross Island Fri Nov 8 5:00pm6:00pm

What makes the story horror or dark fantasy? What is the inspiration?

Jason V Brock, Grá Linnaea, Paul Groendes, William F. Nolan

Write Your Own Constitution Workshop

Roosevelt Fri Nov 8 6:00pm7:00pm

Bring your laptop. The colony ship has landed and the settlers have
disembarked. Or the revolution has succeeded, the flames of the palace
dying, the tyrant`s family fled to exile (or worse) and gunfire in the
streets becoming sparse and the taverns are en fete. Now what? Here`s your
chance to be a Founder of the Nation: write your own Constitution of laws.
How would you choose to govern and be governed?

Grá Linnaea, Katie Lane, Amy Thomson, Guy Letourneau, Bob

Writing for Graphic Novels

Hawthorne Fri Nov 8 7:00pm8:00pm

You’re a writer, not an artist! How to approach storytelling with an eye
for graphic novels.

Blake Hutchins, (*)Grá Linnaea, Liz Argall, Aaron Duran


Political Systems in SF

Hawthorne Sat Nov 9 11:00am12:00pm

Why don’t writers get it right? What to think about when developing
local, national, global, and interplanetary governments. How governments
with different cultural values really operate and (fail to?)

Brenda Cooper, Grá Linnaea, Kamila Z. Miller, Rory Miller, Jay

Gra Linnaea Reading

Grant Sat Nov 9 2:30pm3:00pm

Gra Linnaea reads from own works

Grá Linnaea

Freaking me out, not grossing me out

Hamilton Sat Nov 9 3:00pm4:00pm

Are intense descriptions of bloody death and torture really necessary to
scare the pants off your audience? Discussion on how to terrify without
all the gory details.

Grá Linnaea, Jason V Brock, Paul Groendes, Mike Chinakos, Ru Emerson

The Creative Commons

Madison Sat Nov 9 6:00pm7:00pm

All rights reserved, some rights reserved, public domain; copyright isn’t
simple, nor universal. Why some authors offer their work for free while
others insist on fair pay, who can get away with printing your material
without permission, and how (and when) to defend your copyright.

Katie Lane, (*)Grá Linnaea, Mary Rosenblum/Mary Freeman, MeiLin

Wow, sometimes it does pay to look yourself up on Amazon.

“My favorite of this issue is Grá Linnaea’s “Beneath the Floorboards,” a chilly little yarn about a runaway boy who steals his father’s precious grandfather clock. I can’t say much about the events herein without doing a spoiler, so I’ll just note that it’s surreal and spooky, with elements that may remind you of Robert Bloch.”

Review of “One Buck Horror – Issue 5” on Amazon

Gratuitous self promotion

So, *ahem*, I’m new at this, but hopefully this isn’t too self promotey.

I posted two of my stories in the SFWA forums for Nebula consideration:

“Heart on Green Paper” (short story, originally published in Daily Science Fiction, August 25th, 2011):

“Namasté Prime” (short story, originally published in Apex Magazine, September 2011):

Note: only SFWA members can read the forums.

If you like either these stories, maybe consider suggesting them ( or even nominating them for a Nebula Award.

There, *spam off.* As you were.