Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Mysticon is this weekend! (and a plea for suggestions)

This weekend I will be Roanoke, VA for MystiCon. Here is a quick look at my schedule for the event:


8:00 PM

Boardroom 1

How To Be a Dark Hunter

Determined to vanquish evil in the night. Join Sherrilyn and our other panelists as they discuss how you too can be a dark hunter and protect humanity from things that go bump in the night.


10:00 AM

Dogwood 2

Sympathy for The Devil - Liking the Bad Guy

We all love to hate the bad guy. The best villains keep fans yearning for more. What makes them so intriguing and how do you write the villain without him/her becoming a caricature.


1:00 PM

Signing Table

Kalanya Price Signing


6:00 PM


Koffee Klatch

Readings by several of our authors.


8:00 PM

Boardroom 1

Where's the Line? Handling Potentially Offensive Topics in Your Work

How do you decide how far to go with humor, language, violence, sex and other situations? Do creators have a responsibility to police themselves, or does anything go?


9:00 PM

Boardroom 1
When True Crime Meets the Occult
What happens when the savvy police investigator meets a zombie? How much do paranormal PIs share in common with crime and forensic novels? Join authors from both sides as they discuss the similarities and differences.

Now you see that first panel I'm on? The "How to be a Dark Hunter" one? I  found out today that I'm moderating that panel. I don't moderate often and don't think I'm particularly good at it because it means I have to interpret the description and lead the discussion. And this one? That's a a doozy. What is a writing panel with four authors on it about when the description is: "Determined  to vanquish evil in the night. Join Sherrilyn and our other panelists  as they discuss how you too can be a dark hunter and protect humanity  from things that go bump in the night." 

What do you think? Does that make it a "how to write a dark hero/heroine" panel? Something else entirely? What would you expect if you showed up to the panel? What kind of topics would you want the writers to discuss? I need to walk into that room with a couple questions and topics so we don't end up all staring at each other. LOL.

So what would you ask? Where would you take the panel? (By the way, the panelists are Sherrilyn Kenyon, Alethea Kontis, Faith Hunter, and well, me of course. ^_^)

Okay, that gets the panicked plea for suggestions out of the way. (You did know authors are nervous up there at the front of the room, right?) Now back to the Con as a whole. So who is going? I hope to see you there!


Arthemise said...

I haven't been to a panel in a while, but here's my take. I'd expect first maybe discussing what a dark hunter is, some traits she should have (strengths and weaknesses), what kind of forces/creatures she should battle, etc. Then talk about how you write such a character. My own conundrum when I write is coming up with things for my character to fight, so I'd be interested in information on plotting and creating interesting battles for the dark hunter. I mean, you can't just keep throwing bad guys at her without some point to it.

Also, if you're moderating, why does the blurb mention Sherrilyn and not you? Hardly seems fair. (Not to be mean to her, but I find your writing much superior to hers.)

Sara Anne said...

I think a good place to start is the backlash your hero takes. As you've mentioned in other talks, you can't have a hero/heroine with a power without paying a price for it. The price, I think, is a lot of what determines the darkness of the character. If the risk is, for instance, turning into a demon, etc., those stakes are higher and darker than, say, getting a headache.

I haven't read Kenyon's series, but I don't think it's going to be limited to a discussion of her Dark Hunter series. (That is to say, you're the moderator, so don't let it!)

Dark heroes I'd want to hear about? Nancy A. Collins' Sonja Blue, Rob Thurman's Cal Leandros, Richard Kadrey's Sandman Slim, and Jim Butcher's Molly Carpenter (who, admittedly, is a secondary character, but who is much darker than Harry Dresden). And, you know, Batman.

Kalayna Price said...

Thank you Arthemise. (Both for the suggestion and the complement. ^_^) I think talking about escalation in the complications for the dark hunter (be it battles or higher stakes) would be a great topic to hit. I'll add it to the list.

Sara, great suggestion with consequence and price of power, I'll definitely add it to my list. Thanks!

Greg Nitchals said...

If you want to keep the theme of the audience learning to be Dark Hunters (such an odd theme), also add in the human side of the prices they pay. Time spent training, friends and family put in danger, little chance of a happy retirement, etc. It would help balance the cool powers everyone will want to discuss.

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