Fantastic!So, I can formally announce this. I've been invited to be a panellist and take part in a reading night at Titancon in Belfast in September. As you can see it's an amazing line up and I'll be excited to meet so many authors, both international and Irish, at it.
That would be me! The trouble with turning to me and asking what I think is that as soon as the spotlight turns to me, I panic and get a "deer in the headlights" moment. Every thought in my head goes poof. My throat tightens up. I shake. I get nauseous. I flashback to being a small child at my family's holiday dinner table -- not a good memory. Often I'll want to respond to something from a few minutes back, but when the conversation derailed or got off on a tangent, I have NO IDEA of how to steer it around. In my shy bunny mind-set, I assume that if the conversation veered away from a topic, then people must not be interested in it anymore. I'm not sure how to prompt for that? I've heard confident public-speaking types use transitional phrases such as, "I'd like to get back to what so-and-so said..." I think I might try those.Also, notice who isn't talking, who is being ignored or doesn't have the courage to speak up, and try to bring them into the conversation by asking them what they think. Even if it doesn't elicit much of a reaction (but it may) it will give everyone a break from the "monologist" on the panel.
transitional phrases such as, "I'd like to get back to what so-and-so said..." I think I might try those.
More excitement! When is it? I'm doing one more con myself this year. Convolution. Doing a panel on Fantasy Tropes that I've wanted to do for a long time. I'm excited, too.
Bring copies of your books and stand them up on the table in front of you.