MisCon 31 Panel Volunteer
Arianne "Tex" Thompson is home-grown Texas success story. After earning a bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s in literature, she channeled her passion for exciting, innovative, and inclusive fiction into the Children of the Drought – an internationally-published epic fantasy Western series from Solaris. Now a professional speaker and writing instructor at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Tex is blazing a trail through writers conferences, workshops, and fan conventions around the country – as an endlessly energetic, relentlessly enthusiastic one-woman stampede. Find her online at www.TheTexFiles.com!
Scheduled Panels and Presentations:
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Fri 3:00 - 3:50 PM, Do I Need An Editor?, Dragon Pavilion (1)
Moderator: Guy Pace; Panelists: Claire Eddy, Andrea Howe, Guy Pace, L.F. Patten (Laurey), Tex Thompson
You might be asking yourself this question whether you're self published or going the traditional route. If you need one, what kind of editor do you need? How do you know when you're ready for an editor? There are lots of different kinds of editors, how do you know which one is the right one for you at what stage in the process?
- Break Fri 3:50 - Fri 5:00
Fri 5:00 - 5:50 PM, How to Appear Human, Rocket Tent (1)
Panelists: Daniel Bensen, C.J. Cherryh, Jane Fancher, Tex Thompson
We all want to make friends on Earth, but we don't always know how. Human social customs are strange and complex, and can baffle even the most well-meaning being. Make the most of your time at this convention by learning some ways to have fun while talking to humans.
- Break Fri 5:50 - Sat 10:00
Sat 10:00 - 11:50 AM, Writers' Workshop, Presidential Room 436 (436)
Panelists: Claire Eddy, Andrea Howe, Tex Thompson
This restricted event is only open to people with submissions accepted into the writers' workshop.
- Break Sat 11:50 - Sat 3:00
Sat 3:00 - 3:50 PM, Spotlight: Bowers, R-Ward, Thompson, Spotlight
Panelists: Jill Bowers, Joyce Reynolds-Ward, Tex Thompson
Meet a few of our authors, get signatures, and see what they're up to these days.
- Break Sat 3:50 - Sat 5:00
Sat 5:00 - 5:50 PM, Weird Westerns, Steampunk, and Penny Dreadfuls, Jefferson
Moderator: David Boop; Panelists: David Boop, Joyce Reynolds-Ward, Tex Thompson, Dean Wells
Let's discuss the history of, how to write, where to submit, and other things related to weird westerns, steampunk, and penny dreadfuls.
- Break Sat 5:50 - Sun 11:00
Sun 11:00 - 11:50 AM, Horrible Writing Advice, Patio Tent (1)
Moderator: Ann Gimpel; Panelists: Carol Berg, Ann Gimpel, Jason A. Holt, Tex Thompson
We've all heard it. Let's talk about it!
- Break Sun 11:50 - Sun 2:00
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.
Sun 3:00 - 3:50 PM, Writing Alternate Histories, Jefferson
Panelists: Jill Bowers, Eric Scott Fischl, Tex Thompson
How do you write alternative history? How much do you really need to know about the original timeline to make a convincing fork in the road? Where, when and why do you sprinkle in details to give a sense of time, and alternative time? Where's the line between enough and trying too hard.
- Break Sun 3:50 - Sun 5:00
Sun 5:00 - 5:50 PM, Kingdoms Outside Europe, Jefferson
Panelists: Daniel Bensen, Tex Thompson
Your fantasy kingdom doesn't have to be based on Plantagenet England. Why not the Ottoman Empire, the Aztec Triple Alliance, Heian Japan? There are a lot of ways to be a king.
Panelist: Daniel Bensen
- Break Sun 5:50 - Mon 1:00
Mon 1:00 - 1:50 PM, Write a Story on the Fly, Vol 3, Dragon Pavilion (1)
Moderator: Krista Wallace; Panelists: Spencer G. Ellsworth, Jeff Howe, Tex Thompson, Krista Wallace
In this panel, the panelists will improv a story on the fly, one sentence at a time. It will be written down as they go, and will be read aloud at the end. Promises to be a rolickin' good time!