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MisCon 24

Early Bird Round Table (ConCom)
Fri, 13:00 - 14:00 PM,
Pros and Guests: CthulhuBob Lovely

Gather with the early Geeks and discuss what books you're reading, shows you're watching, games you're playing, etc.

Gizmo Make and Take (Miscellaneous)
Fri, 14:00 - 15:00 PM,
Pros and Guests: Jim Johnson

Ever wanted to scratch build a ray gun, chrono-manipulator, or dimensional rift-atron? Well, this is your chance. All materials are provided but feel free to bring your own old paper towel rolls, dish liquid caps and non-functioning VCRs.

Kid's Make and Take (Kids' Activities)
Fri, 15:00 - 16:00 PM,
Pros and Guests: Jim Johnson

Joe and Jim will help a group of kids build some sort of creative monstrosity. Parents, please use discretion and, if your children are under 12, you must be in attendance at all times.

Writer's Workshop Meet and Greet (Writing)
Fri, 17:00 - 18:00 PM,
Pros and Guests: Justin Barba, M. H. Bonham, Patricia Briggs, M. J. Engh, Diana Pharaoh Francis, James Glass, Andrea Howe, Vicki Mitchell, Kevin Noel Olson, Harry Turtledove

Participants and Critiquing Authors get together to meet and discuss how the workshop works. Open to anyone interested in the Writer's Workshop.

The Write Time and Place (Writing)
Sat, 10:00 - 11:00 AM,
Pros and Guests: John Dalmas, Kevin Noel Olson, Parris ja Young

Our panelists discuss how to create an environment that stimulates your creative muse.

Dynamic Form in Static Art (Art)
Sat, 11:00 - 12:00 PM,
Pros and Guests: Alina Pete, Tiffany Toland-Scott, Mike Vaillancourt, William R. Warren

Learn how to create still art that conveys motion, emotion, and activity

Hint, Hint, Death. (Gaming)
Sat, 12:00 - 13:00 PM,
Pros and Guests: Justin Farrington, John Goff, CthulhuBob Lovely, Greg Schneider, Keith Seyffarth

How do you impress upon a player that in-game danger is actually dangerous to his/her character?

Print-Making (Art)
Sat, 13:00 - 14:00 PM,
Pros and Guests: Sarah Clemens, Tiffany Toland-Scott, William R. Warren, Parris ja Young

Find out how art prints are made, how artists decide how many prints to a run and how many runs to make, how matting is done, and whether a print-run affects the value of the original.

The How and Why of Magic (Miscellaneous)
Sat, 14:00 - 15:00 PM,
Pros and Guests: Jerry Lynde

A hands-on discussion of the principles of prestidigitation.

Manuscript to Mass Market (Writing)
Sat, 15:00 - 16:00 PM,
Pros and Guests: Justin Barba, Andrea Howe, Kevin Noel Olson

So, you've written the Great American Fantasy Novel. How do you get someone to publish this weighty tome?

Convention Art Shows (Art)
Sat, 16:00 - 17:00 PM,
Pros and Guests: Chuck Bordell, Heidi Carstens-Bennett, Tiffany Toland-Scott, Robin Walker, William R. Warren

Learn how to buy your favorite art, or sell your own work, at a convention, and how convention art auctions work.

Corsets Through Time (Costuming)
Sat, 17:00 - 18:00 PM,
Pros and Guests: Eden Viona La Trobe-Lewis

The evolution of corsets, from their cinchy beginning to now. And beyond!

Arguing About Punctuation, (Writing)
Sat, 18:00 - 19:00 PM,
Pros and Guests: Patricia Briggs, John Dalmas, M. J. Engh, Andrea Howe

Patty Brigg's, John Dalmas, M.J. Engh, and Andrea Howe politely discuss theories of punctuation; theories.

Awakening the Muse (Writing)
Sat, 19:00 - 20:00 PM,
Pros and Guests: M. H. Bonham, C.J. Cherryh, Michael McClintock, Parris ja Young

Many things cause writer's block -- the stress of a deadline, "real life," etc. These authors offer some advice for dealing with it.

Firearms Curiosa (Miscellaneous)
Sat, 20:00 - 21:00 PM,
Pros and Guests: Tod Glenn

Learn about unusual and little-known firearms.

Zombies: Causation, Propogation, and Interdiction (Miscellaneous)
Sat, 21:00 - 22:00 PM,
Pros and Guests: Brooke Stanley

Brooke Stanley discusses zombie-ism using infectious disease as a model.

Profanity: History, Theory, and Practice (Miscellaneous)
Sat, 22:00 - 23:00 PM,
Pros and Guests: Brooke Stanley

Brooke swears he will discuss cussing. (Under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.)

Genre and History in Literature (Writing)
Sun, 10:00 - 11:00 AM,
Pros and Guests: C.J. Cherryh, Jane Fancher, Diana Pharaoh Francis, Andrea Howe

Learn research techniques to ensure historical accuracy, and consistency, in genre settings.

Writer's Workshop Wrap Up (Writing)
Sun, 11:00 - 12:00 PM,
Pros and Guests: Justin Barba

Writer's Workshop Participants Only. This is an opportunity for the submitters to the Writer's Workshop to meet after the workshop and discuss one another's submissions and critiques without the critiquing authors.

G.M.'s Confluence (Gaming)
Sun, 12:00 - 13:00 PM,
Pros and Guests: Justin Farrington, John Goff, Marc Johnson, CthulhuBob Lovely, Greg Schneider

A panel of G.M.s will answer your questions regarding G.M.-ing. Players welcome, kinda. ;-) This is also a chance to meet the GM representatives from various companies.

Beastly Writing (Writing)
Sun, 13:00 - 14:00 PM,
Pros and Guests: M. H. Bonham, Patricia Briggs, Diana Pharaoh Francis

Our panelists will discuss how to depict animal thinking and behavior in literature.

Medieval Medicine (Gaming)
Sun, 14:00 - 15:00 PM,
Pros and Guests: Realms of Avalon

How to care for wounds and illness when that pesky G.M. whacks your Cleric.

Care and Feeding of Wigs (Costuming)
Sun, 15:00 - 16:00 PM,
Pros and Guests: Amanda Michael's Bouvier

How to care for the hair you wear.

How To Heat-Emboss Velvet (Costuming)
Sun, 16:00 - 17:00 PM,
Pros and Guests: Holly Frydenlund

Make cool designs in velvet . . . without ruining it.

Accurate Depiction of Firearms (Miscellaneous)
Sun, 17:00 - 18:00 PM,
Pros and Guests: M. H. Bonham, Sarah Clemens, Tod Glenn, John Goff

Here's some advice on how to accurately depict firearms in writing and art.

What's New In Science (Geek Discussion)
Sun, 18:00 - 19:00 PM,
Pros and Guests: James Glass

James Glass will discuss science news, including research done by by Evgenii Narimanov and Alexander Kildishev of Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana.

Egg Tempera (Art)
Mon, 10:00 - 11:00 AM,
Pros and Guests: Tiffany Toland-Scott

A brief history of one of the world's oldest
paints and how to mix your own.

Fan Fiction (Writing)
Mon, 11:00 - 12:00 PM,
Pros and Guests: John Bromley, Diana Pharaoh Francis, Kathe Goslee, Vicki Mitchell

Fan Fic -- is it legitimate writing? What about when the publisher solicits submissions from previously unknown authors?

Education vs. Creativity (Miscellaneous)
Mon, 12:00 - 13:00 PM,
Pros and Guests: Sarah Clemens, M. J. Engh, Michael McClintock, Parris ja Young

Can the academic environment nurture the creative spirit? How do you sustain passion while receiving technical instruction?

Alien Thinking And Culture (Miscellaneous)
Mon, 13:00 - 14:00 PM,
Pros and Guests: M. H. Bonham, Justin Farrington, James Glass, Vicki Mitchell

Our panelists discuss how to create and depict the thought processes and cultural norms of alien life-forms in writing and RPGs.

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