Greetings from MarCon!
I had a delightfully uneventful trip in to Columbus, and the hotel has been great. My car was valeted away, I got checked in, and got my badge all in about ten minutes. How’s that for effiicient? The hotel is lovely–like a tiny
city with everything you could need. And the staff has been great. What’s also great–hanging out with friends! Some that I already know, and plenty new ones too.
Last night I was on a panel about writing villains, and I really enjoyed it. Talking about villain creation and making great villains made me really think about antagonists in a micro way. We got into a great debate on whether a book must have a villain, and I came down on the side of “yes,” in that there must be some source of conflict to make the story happen. Even when there doesn’t seem to be a villain per se. I made a totally on point (I thought, anyway!) comment about Pride and Prejudice’s antagonist being patriarchy, and everyone did kind of a “Huh. Ohhh,” thing, so my point landed, so I’m kinda chuffed about that. Panels are so great at stirring the pot to make you really think about certain things.
So it’s a good weekend that came after a good week! I got the first revision of Translucid done, and it will be going to beta readers in the next week or two. Just a couple things to tweak first, then we’ll see what the feedback is.
I’ll probably have more MarCon pics next week, but for now, on to the TBR!