D.L Solum

MisCon 31 Panel Volunteer

D.L. Solum is an author currently living in Seattle but will always be from Butte, Montana. A collector of odd friends and odder hobbies, including - medieval combat, fishing, hunting and computer games. This latest obsession of writing Urban Fantasy is only made possible via the tough encouragement and impatient tolerance of Kate.

Iíve been active in historical re-enactment(SCA/EMP), for 25 years and a lifelong fan of all things Science Fiction and Fantasy. Founding member of MisCon (Gaming Chair, Vice Chair, ConCom regular for MisCon 1-8. Second Baron of Sentinels Keep (local SCA chapter for Missoula) and one of the first SCA knights in Montana. My latest obsession writing Short Stories and Novels in the Urban Fantasy genre and I wrangle the South Seattle Fiction Writers Critique Group in West Seattle.

Scheduled Panels and Presentations:

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  • panel Fri 6:00 - 6:50 PM, Care and Feeding of a Writers' Critique Group, Ballroom C
    Panelists: Daniel Bensen, David Boop, Guy Pace, L.F. Patten (Laurey), D.L Solum

    Over the course of the weekend, we want you to do have opportunities to create, mold, and join writers' groups, so in this panel we'll discuss how you find, maintain, and organize a writers' group. We'll learn how to give and take critiques, and how to use those critiques to improve your writing (ie: what do you use and what do you ignore?).

  • Break Fri 6:50 - Sat Noon
  • panel Sat Noon - 12:50 PM, Spotlight: Ellsworth, Solum, Spotlight
    Panelists: Spencer G. Ellsworth, D.L Solum

    Meet a few of our authors, get signatures, and see what they're up to these days.

  • Break Sat 12:50 - Sat 6:00
  • panel Sat 6:00 - 6:50 PM, Independent-Publishing Done Right, Dragon Pavilion (1)
    Panelists: Ann Gimpel, Andrea Howe, D.L Solum

    When people hear you're a writer, they often ask why you don't self-publish. Little do they know how hard it can be to do it right. In this panel we'll hear from some authors and editors who know what it takes to make a living self-publishing.

  • Break Sat 6:50 - Sun 10:00
  • panel 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 2:00
  • panel Sun 2:00 - 2:50 PM, Writing Faeries, Jefferson
    Panelists: Esther Jones, D.L Solum, Tex Thompson

    How do you write faeries in a new and exciting way? How do you outsmart them in new and exciting ways the reader doesn't see coming? How do you write the riddle? Do you write them as scary creatures or cute, idiot creatures? Let's discuss some classic faery traits as well as how you can make yours unique and exciting.

  • Break Sun 2:50 - Sun 4:00
  • panel Sun 4:00 - 4:50 PM, Don't Whip the Horse: Mental Health and Writing, Jefferson
    Panelists: Ann Gimpel, Frog Jones, Alyson Peterson, Joyce Reynolds-Ward, D.L Solum

    You can argue that to be a writer is to have some form a neurosis, but in all seriousness, writers can suffer from a number of mental health issues: depression, anxiety, imposter syndrome, among others. We endure rejection after rejection, we work in isolation, which can lead to serious mental health problems. Let's discuss some of these problems and the resources to help you overcome them.

  • Break Sun 4:50 - Mon 10:00
  • panel Mon 10:00 - 10:50 AM, Intrigue!, Madison
    Panelists: Carol Berg, James Glass, Sanan Kolva, D.L Solum

    Intrigue keeps a reader reading. Whether it's a big intrigue of who murdered Betsy or a small intrigue of how your best friend found out you were cheating on your boyfriend. Let's discuss some types and levels of intrigue and how you can incorporate them into your writing.

  • Break Mon 10:50 - Mon Noon
  • panel Mon Noon - 12:50 PM, Writing Big Battles and Single Combat, Madison
    Panelists: Larry Bonham, L.F. Patten (Laurey), Alyson Peterson, D.L Solum

    Let's talk about writing battles battles versus personal combat, the differences and similarities. How do you learn all this stuff?

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