Boucher Con: On Rules

October 29, 2009 at 7:51 am (Book World, Writing Life) (, , )

  • Stephen King said, Shit has it’s own integrity.  Write what you love, don’t jump on a trend. — Harlen Coben
  • Forget the rules.  Either it’s right or it’s your way.  — David Levien
  • It’s a craft, respect the rules.  Too many people don’t even understand basic grammar.  David Fulmer
  • Use the rules that work in the world and throw out the ones that don’t work. — Charlaine Harris
  • Be true to your own rules.  — Heather Graham
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Boucher Con: On Writing Process

October 26, 2009 at 12:03 pm (Book World, Writing Life) (, , )

  • I consciously choose to be lazy.  Copying speeds the process.  — Ken Isaacson
  • Writers who seek to be published lack ambition. — Harlen Coben
  • I don’t buy the “write what you know.” How many people have actually murdered someone? — Twist Phelan
  • Start with “What if” then decide what character is least suited to solve the problem.  — Twist Phelan
  • Know when to be vague.  — John Maddox Roberts
  • I’m of the “hum a few bars and fake” school.  Harlen Coben

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Boucher Con: On Research

October 23, 2009 at 6:23 am (Book World, Writing Life) (, , )

  • Society lives on white lies. — Charlaine Harris
  • Know what material is propoganda [in your research] and use what is not. — Kelli Stanley
  • Facts kill you. — David Levien

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Boucher Con: On Mysteries

October 21, 2009 at 1:36 pm (Book World, Life Long Learning, Writing Life) (, , )

  • First person is really a perception problem.  — Hank Phillipi Ryan
  • Dude, I’m making this up. — Harlen Coben
  • I write the books I want to read.  — Gary Phillips

There were so many snippets of wisdom to glean from the greatness of BoucherCon.  More to follow!

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The Plan for Bcon

October 16, 2009 at 6:00 am (Book World, Writing Life) (, )

I’m totally psyched about this schedule.  Except the driving at 4 am on Friday morning.  The rest will make up for it though.

Friday

  • 4 am – leave Oshkosh, drive to Indy
  • 11:30 ish – Arrive, find lunch, registration and fellow attendee WordNerd
  • 1:30 – Michael Connelly Key Note interview
  • 3:00 – How I met my Protagonist
  • 4:30 – Telling Women’s Stories – Or – You talking about Me? – Or – Keeping it Fresh (gotta decide still)
  • 7:30 – Rex Stout Banquet (if included.  I didn’t register for anything extra and am not sure how this falls)

Saturday

  • 9:00 – The Kindle
  • 10:30 – Crime through Time
  • 1:00 – What do you need to know to write a crime novel
  • 2:30 – The Sting goes on
  • 4:15 – Awards and reception
  • 7:00 – Charity Auction

Sunday

  • 9:00 – On Mystery
  • 10:00 – Would I lie to you?
  • There’s also a book bazaar to hit up between 9 and 11.

Check out the BoucherCon2009 website for more deets.  And, if you are going, I’m @slpenney on Twitter.  Tweet me if you want to meet.  I have a fabulous local guide and I hear drinks are in order.

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Last Minute To Do List for BCon

October 15, 2009 at 6:08 am (Book World, To Do) (, , )

  1. Pack
  2. Grab some cash
  3. Print cheapy business cards with contact information
  4. Finish all homework due before Sunday
  5. Check homework list for what isn’t done
  6. Panic if it’s more than a drawing assignment for Econ

Check out the BoucherCon2009 website for more deets.  And, if you are going, I’m @slpenney on Twitter.  Tweet me if you want to meet.  I have a fabulous local guide and I hear drinks are in order.

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To Accomplish

August 22, 2009 at 1:41 am (Writing Life) (, )

  1. Psych self and WordNerd up re: going to BoucherCon 2009
  2. Realize that I don’t have business cards to hand out
  3. Panic that I have no blog
  4. Round up online presence and start blog
  5. Realize that everything else is details.

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