DreamHaven Reading on October 28th

I will be reading at DreamHaven Books as part of the Speculative Reading Series. The reading will run from 6:30-7:45 p.m.with a Q &A session and a brief reception/autographing. By 8:00 p.m. We will adjourn somewhere with food and drinks for general hanging out. October 28th, 2015.

I expect to read a little something from Whispers in Space and then maybe some work-in-progress snippets.

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Arcana Bound!

For the first time ever I will be attending Arcana.

Arcana is a long-running horror convention that bills itself as “a convention of the dark fantastic.” Arcana is held annually in late September or early October in St. Paul, Minnesota. The presentation of the Minnesota Fantasy Award is a key feature of each year’s convention.

I will only be at the convention for one day, on Saturday, October 24th, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do the entire convention. There will be lots of great author and fans to chat with about a shared love of the dark fantastic. I am signed up for one panel on Saturday and I promise it will be a great one.

*2:00-2:55 P.M., Mainstage. Panel: Tanith Lee and Angela Carter and the Dark Fantastic – Tanith Lee (1947-2015) and Angela Carter (1940-1992) were both acclaimed writers of complicated female characters dealing with monsters, internal and external. Let’s talk about their work and its influence on the field. Panelists: Catherine Lundoff (Convention Editor Guest of Honor), mod. Michael Merriam. (Jody Wurl requested but not confirmed.)

I look forward to seeing you at Arcana!

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Welcome to my new home on the internet! After years of being at michaelmerriam.net, I was finally able to secure and move over here to michaelmerriam.com!

There is still work to do, as you can see by how plain things are right at the moment, but all the information you would ever need about me is here and ready for your perusal and I am in the process of trying to decorate the new homestead.

So Welcome!

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Michael’s CONvergence Schedule

Geeks vs Sportsball: Why the adversarial relationship between geeks and sports? After all the mocking geeks have endured, why is okay to mock someone else’s interests? Why are some sports–like derby–okay but other not? A panel for fans, geeks, athletes, and geeky athletes. Panelists: Ozgur Sahin, Brian Salisbury, Michael Merriam, Sherry L.M. Merriam, MA, LPC, Dave Kingsley – Thursday July 2, 2015 5:00pm – 6:00pm DoubleTree Atrium 4
Signing: Michael Merriam will be available for autographs. – Friday July 3, 2015 11:00am – 12:00pm DoubleTree Autograph Table A
Evolution of the Publishing Industry: From print to e-books to online publishing, how have these changes affected the industry? How have writers, graphic artists, editors, and others involved in book publishing adapted, and what remains the same no matter what format a book takes? Panelists: Laura Zats, Toni Weisskopf, Dawn Frederick, Michael Merriam, Martha Wells – Friday July 3, 2015 3:30pm – 4:30pm DoubleTree Atrium 7
Reading: Michael Merriam will read from his own work. Saturday July 4, 2015 3:30pm – 4:30pm DoubleTree 2201
SF Writing Groups – The 2015 Scene: This annual (since 986) get-together of the Minnesota Imaginative Fiction Writers’ Alliance helps science fiction/fantasy writing groups link with writers who are looking for a critique group. Panelists: Eric M. Heideman (mod), Hilary Moon Murphy, Michael Merriam – Sunday July 5, 2015 2:00pm – 3:00pm DoubleTree Plaza 3

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Bus Tale #I Don’t Even Know

I’m riding the buses to meet some friends for cocktails and snacks after a long and kind of not-so-great Saturday at work. I take my typical #12 Bus to Uptown and get on the #23 at Hennepin and Lagoon, out in front of the Uptown Theater. This is the longest stretch I have to ride, so I settle in read email on my phone for the next half hour.

She gets on near the Uptown Animal Clinic. Late 20s or early 30s. Red hair, black knee-length dress, boots. She looks like she’s heading for a night on the town, to be honest. She has a purse over her shoulder, but is clutching a small drawstring bag in her hand. She scans the bus, which is mostly empty, then walks to where I am sitting behind the back door, settles next to me, puts her head on my shoulder and sniffs.

“I had to put my cat down last week. These are her ashes,” she says softly.

“I’m sorry. I am so sorry for your loss. I’m Michael, by the way.”

She sniffs a couple of more times, but doesn’t say another word, just sits next to me with her head on my shoulder, clutching the little drawstring bag that must hold the ashes of her pet. As we near 38th and Portland she pulls the cord for a stop and gets off. I watch her walk down 38th until the bus pulls too far ahead.

I don’t know who you are, miss. But I’m sorry for your loss.

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Ghosts of the Places You Live Update

The realization that the three intertwined novellas I’m structuring as a novel might actually be three novels, followed by the sound of me pouring a stiff drink as I softly weep into my cat’s fur.

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The Minicon Schedule.

Yes, I will be at Minicon this weekend. Yes, I will be on a couple panels and doing a couple of events. Yes, I would love to chat with you. Yes.

Friday 8:30 pm – Why Are We Still Having This Panel? – Veranda 5/6
There are panels that have been done a thousand times (you know the ones we mean) – which ones are still necessary? Which will we gouge our eyes out it we see again? (Moderator)

Saturday 2:30pm – Artistic Bravery – Veranda 3/4
Releasing your work into the wild can be the scariest part of the artist process. If you want people to see your work, you have to take the first steps and share it. Hear stories from writers and artists detailing the good, the bad, and the ugly when it comes to sharing.

Saturday 3:30pm – Mass Signing – Garden Court

Saturday 6:00pm – Reading – Veranda 1/2

Saturday 6:30pm – MinnSpec Reading – Veranda 1/2

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Today’s Cat Tale

In today’s adventures with Belyn and Llyr, Llyr was half-asleep in the cat bed in front of the patio door when the Butler-The-Neighbor-Cat ambled up to the screen door. Spotting the large, strange cat, Lly startles, jumps from the bed, runs a few feet away before turning and (unimpressively) puffing up and making a squeaky little noise between a growl and a meow. He sounded more startled and frightened than ready to fight.

This, however, woke up Belyn, who was sleeping next to me on the couch. Belyn jumped across the room, landing between Llyr and Butler, went all (rather impressively) Halloween Cat, and made a noise like an angry Harley Davison powered by a nuclear reactor before slamming into the screen with both his front paws, claws extended, still growling and hissing.
Butler fled like shot.

Belyn and Llyr are now on the couch with me. Belyn spent several minutes aggressively grooming his kitten before they both went to sleep next to me.

It’s funny, because they were wrestling earlier and Llyr was all over Belyn, tackling him, knocking him over, chasing him around, but when the strange cat showed up, it was all Belyn.

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Redshift Radio

I forgot to mention this. I wrote the pilot episode for Redshift, an old-time SFFH Radio show. Give it a listen! “Steadfast.”

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Every Body’s Doing It, Doing It! The Marscon Schedule!

Marscon is this weekend, March 6th through 8th at the Hilton Minneapolis/St. Paul Airport Hotel. This year’s theme is “Heroes and Wizard and Fey.”

I always have a lot of fun at Marscon, and look forward to seeing people I only see during convention season. If you’d like to come up and say hello, please do. I’m on the programming events below, so I should be hard to find.

How Come Nobody’s Heard Of Me, Dammit!!
Room 419 (Krushenko’s) — Friday 04:00 pm
Let’s figure out all the things we did wrong! With: Lyda Morehouse, Naomi Kritzer, mod.; Rachel Gold, Michael Merriam.

Fiction Reading: Michael Merriam
III Eagle’s Nest (Re(a)d Mars) — Saturday 10:00 am
Michael Merriam reads from his latest novel and possibly from something upcoming. With: Michael Merriam.

Storytelling vs Story Writing
III Eagle’s Nest (Re(a)d Mars) — Sunday 01:00 pm
Is there a difference between these two arts, and if so, what is it? While they are often lumped together, are they really that closely related? What skills are absolutely essential to storytelling but useless to story writing and vice versa? What is the difference between the markets these two arts aim for? What are the advantages/disadvantages of one over the other? What tools or methods are out there for refining your storytelling skills, and how do they differ from writing? Skill, talent, both, neither? With: S.N.Arly, mod.; Haddayr Copley-Woods, Michael Merriam, Susan Woerhle.

Convoluted Quests: The Modern Writing Career
III Eagle’s Nest (Re(a)d Mars) — Sunday 03:00 pm
Book contracts, self-publishing, short fiction, editing… writing careers these days are often made up of a patchwork of options. Join GoH Lyda Morehouse and other professional writers to talk about how they’ve dealt with current publishing realities. With: Lyda Morehouse, Naomi Kritzer, mod.; Roy C. Booth, Michael Merriam, Kathryn Sullivan.

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