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ACK! Yes, it’s coming on strong and fast. Convention season. And I have a whirlwind tour on my hands this year. I think it’s going to be fun, if I don’t have a nervous breakdown beforehand.
I have the Romantic Times Booklovers Convention in April. May is a new steampunk convention called Clockwork Alchemy, but at least it’s in San Jose, less than 40 miles away. (Whew!) The same weekend is BayCon, also in San Jose, so I might be bopping between one and the other. CA is gonna win for most of my attention, I’m on a few panels!
June has RomCon in Denver, and the Northern California Pirate Festival. July is RWA Nationals (where I’ll just be attending, so it will be a bit relaxing. I hope.) August? Right now it’s looking like no convention but instead a cruise with my family. Then the fall season, which I’m going to ignore at the moment.
Now, the first convention has me starting to freak out. The last few months have been busy with figuring out what I’m going to give away in Club RT. I’m part of a steampunk social and there is a lot of figure out with that group. (Costume!) I’ll be signing my two prints and pushing my e-books…and I hired a pirate actor to work the Saturday line for the big book fair.
He’s great and I can’t wait to see him at work! Giving out my pins, bookmarks, temporary tattoos… Hee, hee!
The hard thing…ah. The panel I proposed and am in charge of. A game. A game of romance Mad Libs. I tricked…errr…convinced two other authors to do this with me. One new book is Scottish historical, Katharine Ashe. One writes hot cowboy romances, Beth Williamson, and then there is me…pirates.
Fictional Mad Libs – Who Ya Gonna Write?
Join three authors as they coach you in how to choose the right words for the right character. From Scotland to the Caribbean to deep in the heart of Texas, we’ll spin you around and mix it up to create that Scottish Cowboy wearing a tricorn you’ve all been dreaming of. Trust us, it’s all in the words. Come play Mad Libs with us and discover a hilarious way to create a story.
This is where it could be fun… For a pirate, it’s a tricorn. For a Scot, it’s a tam-o-shanter. For a cowboy, it’s a ten-gallon hat. For a pirate, she’s a wench. For a Scot, she’s a lassie. For a cowboy, she’s a ma’am. That sort of thing.
Now, I need some good adverbs, adjectives…verbs… So, I’m coming to the crew…because I know you read all of these genres. (I was reduced to a google search. It wasn’t bad…but I need more!)
So…what works? I was thinking… a cutlass, a claymore and a pigsticker (or a Bowie). A pistol, a (was there a firearm of some sort?) and a colt. (Yeah, I’m obviously reaching for the Scottish historical.)
It’s play day! (And help a bartender out day.) Can you think of particular words that let you know, with a sentence or two, where you are? (the Caribbean, the moors, the panhandle) Who the hero is? Who is heroine is? What’s the insult each hero would use?