Macro Monday: The Tangle, With Bonus Tucson Book Fest Schedule

Waterdrop photos are one of my favorite things. I don’t know why. Maybe because a waterdrop is such an inauspicious, uninteresting thing — until you lean in real close and see how perfectly and how impossibly it forms. Droplets cling and perch and rest like precious baubles.

I’ll be posting more of these as time goes on, surely.

This one above is new-ish — taken with the new camera. That drop is clinging to a curl of desiccated poison ivy, for which I suffered a small ivy outbreak on my finger a week or two later. (Oops.) It gives off a vibe of being from some elder fae wood, some magical (if decrepit) hedge of thorn, twist and tangle.


So, hey, this weekend upcoming I will be at the Tucson Book Festival which takes place in —

Well, duh, Tucson, Arizona. C’mon, people. Stay frosty.

If you’re around that area, I hope you’ll come and say hi.

It’s free.

If you care to have my schedule, here ’tis:

Event #1:

Online Reader Communities

Location: Koffler Room 216
Date/Time: Saturday, 10:00 am to 11:00 am
Panelists: Ron HoganJeremy ThomasChuck Wendig
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area – Koffler Patio (following presentation)

Like any other interest group, book lovers have their own online social networks. On these networks bibliophiles of all stripes meet and interact with other like-minded readers; rate, review, and recommend books; share reading lists; and find their next great reads. There are sites, like Goodreads, dedicated exclusively to readers, as well communities of readers who congregate on large social networks, like Facebook and Tumblr. This panel will explore the latest developments in this rapidly growing social media phenomenon.


Event #2:

Star Wars, the Shannara Chronicles, and Outlander: From Book to Screen and Back

Location: Student Union North Ballroom
Date/Time: Saturday, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Panelists: Terry BrooksDiana GabaldonChuck Wendig
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area – Student Union North Ballroom Foyer (following presentation)

What’s it like to have your books become a TV series? Or to write a Star Wars novel? Three best-selling authors discuss behind-the-scenes experiences as their creative visions transformed through scripts, actors, and sets into live action drama.

Fantasy author Terry Brooks worked with MTV on the Shannara Chronicles based on his epic Shannara series. Diana Gabaldon is involved with Starz transforming her acclaimed time-traveling Outlander novels into a highly successful T.V. series. Chuck Wendig, novelist and Hollywood screenwriter, wrote the best-selling novel, Star Wars: Aftermath, which set the stage for the latest movie in the Star Wars franchise, The Force Awakens.

Event #3:

Space Sagas: Star Trek, Star Wars, and Halo

Location: Chemistry Room 111
Date/Time: Saturday, 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Panelists: Greg BearJeffrey MariotteChuck Wendig
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area – Koffler Patio (following presentation)

Authors discuss writing novels for the biggest sci fi franchises: Star Trek, Star Wars, and the Halo game industry.

Event #4:

Murder, Mayhem and the Paranormal

Location: Koffler Room 218
Date/Time: Sunday, 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm
Panelists: Jonathan MaberryJeffrey MariotteChuck Wendig
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area – Koffler Patio (following presentation)

Murder, detectives and paranormal powers. What’s not to love?