Readercon looms.


Still hunkered down, either working, or working at working, or working the peripheral tasks.   I need to get as much done as I can before various upcoming events take me away from my office and into the actual world of people who I did not invent.

Some of them are quite nice, of course, and I’m looking forward to seeing them!  But time seems to tick away far too quickly lately.  July and August are already chewed-into.

First up is Readercon, running from July 7 – 10.   I have exactly one panel:

Friday July 08

1:00 PM    5    Why Women Become Protagonists . Gwenda Bond, LJ Cohen, Rosemary Kirstein, Hillary Monahan, Navah Wolfe. In a 2015 essay about portrayals of female protagonists in crime fiction, Sara Paretsky writes, “Detectives like V.I. came to life in a time of bravado, when my peers and I… wrote out of a kind of cockiness: we’re doing a job because we want it, we like the work, no one can stop us. Today, the female hero often has been brutally assaulted… or suffered some other form of serious trauma. It’s as if the only acceptable reason for a woman to embrace the investigative life is to recover from damage, or get revenge for it—not because she takes pleasure in the work, and comes to it as a free spirit.” Let’s explore the reasons that female protagonists decide to protag, and discuss the many ways to motivate them other than assault and trauma.

I’m not sorry to have only one panel this time out, and I don’t mind the time slot — but it might be unfortunate for anyone who works a day-job, and would only be able to make it to Readercon  from Friday after work until Sunday.  I suspect I’ll also have a Kaffeeklatsch, but the schedule for that has not yet been settled.  If the klatsch is not on the weekend, I’ll make sure to set aside some time to be at some locale, available to meet anyone who cares to show up!  I’ll post the time for that, when I know it, here, on Facebook, and on Twitter (where I am @rkirstein).

This entirely in addition to persons to whom I’ve already promised hang-out time — you know who you are.

After Readercon I generally hang out with pals Ann Zeddies and Geary Gravel for a few days.   So, that’s about a full week of July in use for non-writing.

And then: August!   I’ve got three whole weeks of commitments!  Including WorldCon.  You can see why I’m trying to get as much done now as possible.

Of course, I am much encouraged by the most recent meeting of the Fabulous Genrettes, which could not have gone better, in my opinion.   It’s nice when you think you’ve done something especially well, and other people agree!  The encouraging feedback was great — but so was the constructive feedback.   A fine time was had by all.

In other news:

The roof of my office is a pretty good place from which to watch fireworks.   Not as good as actually being under them, but the high ones did manage to clear the trees that stood between me and them.

Not the best shot, but hey! iPhone, and at night.

I do love fireworks.   Always have.




5 Responses to “Readercon looms.”

  • Lindig Says:

    We always miss hearing from you but console ourselves that it means you’re slaving away on “the book.” Still, I hope you’ll have a great time at both cons. That panel sounds intriguing. Happy traveling.

  • Mary Alexandra Agner Says:

    I am going to do my rushed best to be at the 1p panel! And I am crossing fingers for a Kaffeeklatsch.

  • Ben Says:

    The bigger mystery to me was always why we can’t have female protagonists without romance. If I’m really strict about selecting series/novels I think I’ll have a hard time of coming up with more than 5 or so (that aren’t about a kid) in that category … ^^

    • Rosemary Says:

      So true!
      That’s actually a point I plan to bring up in the panel, if I can. It really is something that bothers me.

      It’s generally assumed that the events of a novel should be the most important things that happen in the protagonist’s life. And the unspoken additional assumption is that the most important thing that can happen to a woman is to fall in love.

      This has always made me grit my teeth in fury! I swore I would not do that when I wrote a novel!

      You might notice that in the Steerswoman series, books one, three and four contain no romance.

      But you’ll also notice that book two did. And how that ended up happening is something I plan to bring up in the panel, if the topic wanders in that direction naturally.

      After which I’ll recap the explanation here in my blog.

      • Ben Says:

        I think the “no romance” thing was actually how I came across your series in the first place – despite book 2 😉 (… it’s still my favorite book in the series)

        I’ll look forward to the blog post then 🙂