Peter Wacks (pjwacks)

MisCon 31 Attending Professional

Peter J Wacks has always been amazed and fascinated by both writing and the absurdity of the world in general. Peter writes a lot, and will continue to do so till the day he dies. Possibly beyond.

A full list of Peter's in-print publications can be found at:

Peter has been publishing short stories since 1993, game story-lines since 2002, and novels since 2008. His first novel, Second Paradigm, landed him several speaking engagements on the topic of how to write time travel and true nonlinear stories. He is currently playing in the Steampunk sandbox as a writer at, and Art Director of, a creative studio at

This year he is a finalist for the Bram Stoker AwardŽ for his first Graphic Novel, 'Behind These Eyes.'

Scheduled Panels and Presentations:

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  • panel Fri 2:00 - 2:50 PM, Early Bird Book Signing, Ballroom C
    Moderator: Justin Barba; Panelists: Carol Berg, C.J. Cherryh, Jane Fancher, David Farland, Ann Gimpel, James Glass, Randy Henderson, Michael Hodges, Peter Wacks (pjwacks)

    Some of our authors will sign books.

  • Break Fri 2:50 - Fri 4:00
  • panel Fri 4:00 - 4:50 PM, How to Spot a Cylon, Dragon Pavilion (1)
    Moderator: J.A. Pitts; Panelists: Aaron Douglas, David Farland, J.A. Pitts, Peter Wacks (pjwacks)

    Some robots, like Cylons, Replicants, and Terminators, lurk among us. Others, like R2D2 and Johnny 5, are obviously not human. Or are they? We'll take a look at the roles robots play in pop culture. What makes them tick? Why do they hate us so much? Are they going to take over? Do some of them have souls? Are they just possessions? Do they have rights? Why is BB-8 so cute?

  • Break Fri 4:50 - Sat 11:00
  • panel Sat 11:00 - 11:50 AM, Jeff Sturgeon's Last Cities of Earth, Ballroom C
    Panelists: David Boop, Todd Lockwood, J.A. Pitts, Jeff Sturgeon, Peter Wacks (pjwacks)

    Learn all about the upcoming anthology and art book, Jeff Sturgeon's Last Cities of Earth, an upcoming anthology and art book from a bunch of past MisCon GoHs and pros. Our panelists have all contributed to the book, and Jeff Sturgeon himself will be on hand to talk about his project. This thing is going to be big!

  • panel Sat Noon - 12:50 PM, Working With Subplots, Ballroom C
    Moderator: Carol Berg; Panelists: Carol Berg, David Farland, Peter Wacks (pjwacks)

    Learn how to weave subplots into your story without getting lost in the twists and turns of each story.

  • Break Sat 12:50 - Sat 2:00
  • panel Sat 2:00 - 2:50 PM, Cultists For Cthulhu!, Gallatin
    Panelists: Justin Farrington, Carter Reid, Peter Wacks (pjwacks)

    A discussion of our favorite tentacled, dragon, god, alien thing and how the writings of H.P. Lovecraft have affected pop culture. We'll learn to love being an insignificant speck in a hostile and uncaring universe.

  • panel Sat 3:00 - 3:50 PM, Cross-Media Storytelling, Madison
    Panelists: David Boop, Todd Lockwood, Charles D. Moisant, Peter Wacks (pjwacks)

    Video, music, art, and writing all essentially tell the same story. Emotion is conveyed, a theme expressed, and pleasure sensors triggered yet each medium of art has certain strengths and weaknesses. This panel will discuss these as well as how to pull elements from each medium into the other.

  • Break Sat 3:50 - Sun 10:00
  • moderator Sun 10:00 - 10:50 AM, NaNoWriMo Success! Writing A Lot in a Short Amount, Monster Tent (1)
    Moderator: Peter Wacks (pjwacks); Panelists: Michael Hodges, Guy Pace, D.L Solum, Peter Wacks (pjwacks)

    National Novel Writing Month takes place in November and asks that you write a novel (or 50,000 words) in 30 days. While it's a great way to practice, how can you put some of the things you learn into practice throughout the year? Is it better to write a lot in a short amount of time or take a year or more to really sculpt a project?

  • Break Sun 10:50 - Sun Noon
  • panel Sun Noon - 12:50 PM, Pop Culture Perversion: Space Opera, Dragon Pavilion (1)
    Moderator: Kyle Elliott (Big Kyle); Panelists: Aaron Douglas, David Farland, Patrick Swenson, Peter Wacks (pjwacks)

    Has the mainstreaming of Science Fiction/Fantasy, particularly Space Opera, ruined it? Our panelists will discuss how Space Opera has changed in recent years, both for good and bad.

  • panel Sun 1:00 - 1:50 PM, Building Immersive Worlds, Monster Tent (1)
    Panelists: Daniel Bensen, Larry Bonham, Alyson Peterson, Peter Wacks (pjwacks)

    We know an immersive, deep world when we see it. Everything just fits together, in casual, unforced fashion. Sometimes the best researched and written worlds aren't immersive. Heinlein claims it's all about same until proven otherwise, but other authors insist it is the other way around. Our authors will discuss classic world building techniques, mistakes and go-to solutions.

  • Break Sun 1:50 - Sun 4:00
  • panel Sun 4:00 - 4:50 PM, Storytelling Across Media, Rocket Tent (1)
    Panelists: Aaron Douglas, David Farland, Peter Wacks (pjwacks)

    How is storytelling for movies, tv shows, and short works different? Does the actor's role change depending on the length of the work? What about the writer?

  • Break Sun 4:50 - Mon 11:00
  • panel Mon 11:00 - 11:50 AM, Audiobooks Or Not?, Jefferson
    Moderator: Ann Gimpel; Panelists: Ann Gimpel, Peter Wacks (pjwacks)

    Audio is the wave of the future. Learn the pros and cons of the various approaches to bringing your books to life one word at a time. Maximize your ACX experience. Learn from my mistakes and successes to reach an exploding audience of readers turned listeners.

  • Break Mon 11:50 - Mon 2:00
  • panel Mon 2:00 - 2:50 PM, Making Characters Resonate, Dragon Pavilion (1)
    Panelists: Claire Eddy, Todd Lockwood, J.A. Pitts, Peter Wacks (pjwacks)

    How do you make characters resonate with your audience? Let's hear what the pros have to say!

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