Find Me at RavenCon 2016

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I’m speaking at this weekend’s RavenCon in Williamsburg. If you’re going, here’s my schedule for when and where you can find me.

Friday, April 29

4 pm, The Depth of Your World
Room 8 – Building a consistent world is a complex process, whether for a novel or a game, and as important to the story as plot or character. How deep does the world building need to go to imply that there is a fully realized world beyond the story? What can be implied, what must be told, and what does the creator need to know?

9 pm, Performing Major Surgery on Your Novel
Room E – When do you know it’s time for a major rewrite of your novel? What do you do when an editor asks for a severe change in word count, to delete or add a subplot, or change the viewpoint character? Is it best to cut with precision, or chuck it all and start over?

Saturday, April 30

Cover to Gidion's Blood2 pm, Book Signing
Dealer’s Room – Need some Gidion Keep in your life? I’ll be signing (and selling) copies of my book at this time. Of course, I’ll have my books with me all weekend, so if you miss me here, just catch me after any of my panels.

3 pm, Writing a Strong Teen Protagonist
Room F – What works and what doesn’t when striving to create a memorable and believable teen character?

6 pm, “Kill Your Darlings”
Our authors talk about deciding when to kill off characters, writing the death scene, and dealing with audience reaction.

8 pm, Flash, Green Arrow, Supergirl: DC Conquers TV
Room G – While Marvel dominates in movie theaters, DC has been quietly building a strong presence on television. Is this their best bet? Which hero should be the next to get a show?

Sunday, May 1

Noon, Teenage Rebellion in YA
Room F – The teenage years mark the transition from dependent child to independent adult. Those years are often associated with some form of rebellion, either against authority or against parents, as teens learn how to test limits and act on their own. How important is it to express feelings of rebellion in a YA novel? Does it add authenticity, perform necessary stage-setting, or is it a distraction?

2 pm, Species Creation: SF vs. Fantasy
Room E – Is there a difference in designing nonhuman species for fantasy compared to SF novels?

Windsor the Grumpy Dragon with the oh so lovely Selina Kyle (aka Catwoman). Le purr!I’ll also be taking my grumpy dragon Windsor with me and taking pictures of him with some of the cosplayers. You can see the pictures on my social media all weekend. In fact, I plan to give Windsor a bit of a cosplayer scavenger hunt. I’ll share some of that list with you in my blog tomorrow. Have some suggestions for what should be on his list? Share your suggestion in the comments or tweet it to me.

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About Bill Blume

Bill Blume discovered his love for the written word while in high school and has been writing ever since. His latest book Gidion's Blood is being released on August 11th by Diversion Books. His short stories have been in many fantasy anthologies and various ezines. Just like the father figure in his first novel, Bill works as a 911 dispatcher for Henrico County Police and has done so for more than a decade. He also served as the 2013 chair for James River Writers in Richmond, which produces one of the nation’s best annual conferences for educating and connecting writers.
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