Tex Thompson

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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  • panel 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
  • panel 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
  • panel 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
  • panel Sat 3:00 - 3:50 PM, Spotlight: Bowers, R-Ward, Thompson, Spotlight
    Panelists: 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
  • panel 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
  • panel 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
  • 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.

  • panel Sun 3:00 - 3:50 PM, Writing Alternate Histories, Jefferson
    Panelists: 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
  • panel 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
  • panel 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!

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