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Super MAGFest this weekend!

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I will be at Super MAGFest (Music and Gaming Festival) this weekend, Jan. 4-7, Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in Oxon Hill, MD, talking about two of my favorite things: writing and video games.

I will be participating in two panels:

The Retro Aesthetic and the Power of Abstraction
Friday Jan. 5, 2:30-3:30 p.m.
MAGES1 – Chesapeake G, H, I
Panelists: Vince Kuyatt, Luke Johnston, Oliver Surpless, E.C. Myers
Despite the gains in graphical capabilities, games continue to turn to the faux 8 and 16 bit aesthetics. Why is this, and how does this form impact our playing experience? Why is it that games like Five Nights at Freddy’s intentionally switch between 8-bit and 3D rendering for specific moments, and what effects does this create in the player? How would games like Lone Survivor, Undertale and Beat Cop function differently with a different aesthetic. What can we learn about using the retro aesthetic to create a powerful response in our players? Come listen to a panel discuss our favorite examples of retro game design, and why we continue to love this aesthetic.

Gaming Writers: Translating Gaming Culture Onto the Page
Sunday, Jan 7, 10-11 a.m.
FORGE – Baltimore 3, 4
Panelists: Meg Eden, TE Carter, Luke Johnston, Lynn Almengor, E.C. Myers
Writers will describe how games and gaming culture have inspired their original projects, how they break and subvert stereotypes about gaming culture, and why they turned to writing as a medium for translating their gaming experiences.

Let me know if you’ll be attending, and if you’d like to meet up, the best way to contact me is through Twitter. (I know, I can’t believe I wrote that either, but it’s true.)

see me at Boskone!

This weekend I will be attending Boskone 53 in Boston, from Friday, Feb. 19 through Sunday, Feb. 21! If you will be there too, my schedule is below. Please stop by and say hi! I’m happy to sign any of my books any time you can catch me at an event, the bar, or wandering around :)

Friday, Feb. 19

Stories Within Video Games
Friday 3:00 – 3:50 p.m., Harbor II (Westin)
We’ve advanced far beyond the days of Frogger and Tetris. Today’s video games take us into highly evolved worlds with complex characters and storylines. How does the development of the story drive the game? Is “story” ever a distraction from “gameplay?” How does the story within the game shape the characters, sharpen the game’s challenges, and heighten the player’s experience?

Hillary Monahan, Matt London, E.C. Myers, Brianna Spacekat Wu, E. Lily Yu

 

 

Saturday, Feb. 20

Reading
Saturday 11:00 – 11:25 a.m., Independence (Westin)

Writing YA Fiction: Discussion & Workshop for Young Adults & Children
Saturday 2:00 – 2:50 p.m., Marina 4 (Westin)
What skills do you need to write young adult or children’s fiction? What should you know? What should you avoid? Join our panelists for an interactive discussion/writing session — and be sure to bring your pen and paper!

E.C. Myers, Ken Altabef, Cerece Rennie Murphy

Autographing
Saturday 3:00 – 3:50 p.m., Galleria-Autographing (Westin)

Neil Clarke, Charles Stross, E. Lily Yu, E.C. Myers

Superhero Open Mic
Saturday 9:00 – 10:20 p.m., Marina 1 (Westin)

Kapow! Live from Boskone … enjoy the knock-out stylings of our program participants and audience members who share their open mic skills in the first-ever Superhero Open Mic. Each person gives his/her best 5-minute superhero performance – story, poem, song, skit, interpretive dance, or whatever! OPTIONAL: For extra appeal, feel free to come dressed as a superhero!

The Rules: Boskone members are invited to join our participants in the open mic by signing up for one of the eight open slots at the door to the event, which opens for sign-ups at 8:30 pm. Each performer is given a firm 5-minute time limit (max), including set-up time. So a quick transition between acts is key.

Walter H. Hunt, Kenneth Schneyer, C.S.E. Cooney, Carrie Cuinn, E.C. Myers, Garth Nix, Don Pizarro, Lauren Roy, Mary Ellen Wessels

 

 

Sunday, Feb. 21

Kaffeeklatsch 2: E.C. Myers
Sunday 11:00 – 11:50, Harbor I-Kaffeeklatsch 2 (Westin)

 

see you at Dragon Con!

ToothlessI’ll be at Dragon Con from Friday, Aug. 29 through Monday, Sept. 1! This is my busiest convention yet. My schedule is below, and if you’re using the mobile app to plan your weekend, I’m the only guest with the last name Myers. Whenever I’m not participating on programming, chances are you can find me in the Pyr Books Booth, #424, 425 in the new exhibitor space adjacent to the Westin. Come say hi, get copies of Fair Coin and Quantum Coin signed, and pick up free bookmarks and a special Dragon Con discount coupon for an amazing new anthology I’m in, Kaleidoscope: Diverse YA Science Fiction and Fantasy Stories. And of course, you can always reach me on Twitter.

FRIDAY, August 29

4:00 p.m. — Dragons! Defenders of Berk, Marriot A708

8:30 p.m. — Princess Alethea’s Traveling Sideshow, Marriot A707

SATURDAY, August 30

11:30 a.m. — Writing for the Young Adult Market, Hyatt Embassy D-F

1:00 p.m. — Buffy Summers and Harry Potter: The Chosen Ones, Westin Chastain FG

2:30 p.m. — LEGOs are Awesome, Marriot A708

4:00 p.m. — Signing: Pyr Books Booth #424, 425 (1 hour)

7:00 p.m. — All Kinds of Super Heroes, Marriot A708

8:30 p.m. — From Page to Screen: Dystopia, Hyatt International South

SUNDAY, August 31

10:00 a.m. — Diversity in YA, Marriot A707

11:30 a.m. — Signing: Pyr Books Booth #424, 425 (1 hour)

1:00 p.m. — Hungry for the Hunger Games?, Hilton Crystal Ballroom

4:00 p.m. — Reading, Hyatt Roswell* (I’m hoping to find a few others to read selections from the Kaleidoscope anthology with me. Please e-mail me if you’re interested!)

*Updated 8/25/14 to add signings on Saturday and Sunday