There’s no lie that we nerds have our own little niche subculture. Get a couple of us together and we will just start geeking out and enthusing about things we love, and for those not in the know, it can sound as though we’re speaking an entirely different language. Sometimes, we have whole conversations in letters.
Back in October, I posted the following to Facebook:
Me: Yeah, I have some nerd and geek tendencies, but I don't let it rule my life.
Friend: Don't you write fantasy for a living?
Me: Yeah, but ...
Friend: And don't you go to longsword classes?
Me: True, but ...
Friend: And you play D&D at least twice a week, right?
Me: Oh, shut up.
(and this was while at a Renaissance fest)
Attendance – Approximately 40 Science Fiction Writers and Readers
Balticon is a large annual Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers convention that occurs in Baltimore in late spring each year. Balticon 2016 featured George R.R. Martin as it lead guest writer. The Balticon 2016 Panel “How To Give and Receive Writing Critiques for Science Fiction and Fantasy” presented a range of advice from professional science fiction and fantasy writers on critiquing in the formats of Class, Group and Online.
HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE PANEL (Synopsis of the Content the Presenter Covered)
Connie Willis – If one critiquer is telling you to do something in your writing, think about – if 20 critiquers are telling you to do something, do it You critique others work until you are ready to critique your own and make it better It is hard to hear negative critique on own work Don’t slap dash critique others while you are waiting for your own critique – be emotionally involved There were times when Willis said to herself that other critiquers of her work were idiots and then made all of their suggested changes three days later Zero Sum critiquers can kill a Writing Group (Willis witnessed two writer groups destroyed by a zero sum critiquer) Listen to everyone except zero sum critiquers Prioritize changes that can immediately be done Be aware of who is critiquing, someone who only likes Military Science Fiction is unlikely to be useful at critiquing your Urban Fantasy Romance story Lucius Shepard has a lush descriptive style that has grown to be his staple and workshops he participated in his early career told him to abandon this style (Willis was told to do more physical description in her work in early workshops) General critiques of the Clarion Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers’ Workshop is that it turns out B writers, but no geniuses Make sure you preserve your genius, if you are unique – to hell with all of your detractors Pitch shops (workshops with the structure of $500 for one weekend and 5 minutes to pitch an editor or agent) are a very bad idea – avoid these Don’t fool yourself – know what your writers group is – a critique group or a support group? Recommends attending the Clarion Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers’ WorkshopContinue reading Nerdarchy at Balticon 2016 – Panel Synopsis – How To Give and Receive Writing Critiques for Science Fiction and Fantasy
Nerdarchist Dave here and this article is going to be a little different than most I’ve written. It’s going to be a lot more personal. RPG Games have been a part of my life for a long time now. I was first exposed them at age 5, but it would be a few years later before I’d start playing Dungeons and Dragons regularly with some friends.
Gaming was great for me it was a way to escape the real world and immerse myself in a fantasy one where the monsters were less scary. In the real world I grew up in the party house, there were drugs, alcohol, and violence on a regular basis. It wasn’t uncommon for the police to show up. At an early age I learned not to have friends over because I never knew what they’d see or be exposed to. Continue reading My Secret Life Playing Dungeons and Dragons and Other RPG Games