Here’s a potpourri of images and information (in no particular order) gathered at ConCarolinas 2014, an informative and enjoyable event for fans, artists, costumers, and writers of science fiction, fantasy, speculative fiction, steampunk, horror, alternate history and more, held May 30 through June 1 at the University Hilton in Charlotte, NC.
- If one of your good characters dies, she/he must have a good death; that is, the character must die saving someone, completing a vital mission, or otherwise achieving something beneficial. [David Weber, Killing Characters Panel]
- Remember that villains also have friends and family, people who care about their deaths. [Allen Wold, Killing Characters Panel]
- A villain’s death must have consequences. [John G. Harkness, Killing Characters Panel]
- Writers should not to go overboard in giving details of the setting and the alien or future society because 90% of the writing is done by the reader’s mentally filling in the details. [Stuart Jaffe, Creating Alien Societies Panel]
- Writers creating alien societies need to remember that aliens would have the same basic needs we do. [Allen Wold, Creating Alien Societies Panel]
- When creating an alien society and culture, answer all the “why” questions that readers might raise. [J. F. Lewis, Creating Alien Societies Panel]
- Writers should choreograph all fights and battle scenes to make sure that the movements make sense. [Chris A. Jackson, Warfare and the Military Panel]
- The environment puts limits on battle; so do the availability of food, water, ammunition, and other supplies. [Warfare and the Military Panel]
- An assymetrical battle — one in which one side has a vast advantage in superior technology — can be won by the weaker side. [Warfare and the Military Panel]
- Characters who kill and are not affected by it have already been destroyed. [David Weber, Killing Characters Panel]
- Newly published authors and those who are not yet published can get started in blogging by doing guest posts on other authors’ blogs. [Blogging and Social Media Panel]
- Pi Day is March 14 (3-14) — next year’s Pi Day will be extra special — and Danny Birt has written an anthem for it.
- David Weber stated that over the years he’s tried to remain a good story teller as he strives to become a better writer.
- A good costume can be ruined by an overlooked detail, such as wearing sneakers with an elf costume. [The Finishing Touch Panel]
- Transhumanism refers to an international philosophy regarding enhancing humans up to the point where we are no longer human. [Transhumanism Panel.]
Come join the fun next year, when John Scalzi will be the Author Guest of Honor.
For more photos and information, see my post ConCarolinas 2014 on the Author Chronicles blog.