Missoula's Science Fiction & Fantasy Convention

MisCon 33: Level Up!, May 24 - 27, 2019 Missoula, Montana

L.F. Patten (Laurey)

MisCon 33 Attending Professional

L.F. Patten has often characterized her multitude of interests as �A.D.D of the right brain.� Degreed in history and anthropology, her checkered career has included work as an archaeologist on medieval/castle sites in England, a tour guide at the Smithsonian, a history teacher, herbalist, book editor, jewelry designer, and pottery instructor. She has also been a writer for more than 30 years, publishing both articles and short stories. Her novel, the heroic fantasy The Talent Sinistral, launched at World Fantasy Con in 2014, was written in loving tribute to fellow right-brainers everywhere.

Scheduled Panels and Presentations:

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  • panel Fri 2:00 - 2:50 PM, Spotlight: Patten, Knaff, Spotlight
    Panelists: Alisha Knaff, L.F. Patten (Laurey)

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

  • Break Fri 2:50 - Sat 10:00
  • panel Sat 10:00 - 10:50 AM, What's in a Name?, Monster Tent (1)
    Moderator: Carol Berg; Panelists: Carol Berg, David Gerrold, Corry L. Lee, L.F. Patten (Laurey)

    K'owjsn. Rszhnist. Bob. What are some ways you can pick the good names for your characters and settings? When writing scifi/fantasy, does it matter if your readers can't easily pronounce the names? How do you know if Glarbidoo is a great city name or not? Do you just need to somehow know? What do you think about online name generators?

  • Break Sat 10:50 - Sat 4:00
  • moderator Sat 4:00 - 4:50 PM, The Great Murky Middle, Monster Tent (1)
    Moderator: L.F. Patten (Laurey); Panelists: Diana Pharaoh Francis (Di), David Gerrold, Theresa Miller, L.F. Patten (Laurey)

    Point A: You've got a great beginning. Point B: you know the ending and it's a doozy. But how do you get from Point A to Point B without losing your readers attention, or the plot line? Join us as we discuss tips and tricks for getting through the Great Murky Middle.

  • Break Sat 4:50 - Sun Noon
  • moderator Sun Noon - 12:50 PM, A Cast of Characters, Monster Tent (1)
    Moderator: L.F. Patten (Laurey); Panelists: Carol Berg, Randy Henderson, Todd Lockwood, L.F. Patten (Laurey)

    How do you handle a large cast of characters? How do you keep track of them all? Do you have to flesh out each one beforehand? How do you make them each unique?

  • panel Sun 1:00 - 1:50 PM, The Rhythm of Fiction, Monster Tent (1)
    Moderator: Randy Henderson; Panelists: Jeff Grubb, Randy Henderson, L.F. Patten (Laurey), Dean Wells

    Narrative flow has three elements: story rhythm to separate plot from random events; equal parts action and reaction (yang and yin); movement, either internal or external. In this presentation we will explore how these elements can be incorporated into your own stories.

  • Break Sun 1:50 - Sun 3:00
  • panel Sun 3:00 - 3:50 PM, Character and Transformation, Ballroom C
    Moderator: Dean Wells; Panelists: Brenda Carre, Randy Henderson, L.F. Patten (Laurey), Dean Wells

    Transformation is the reinvention of the self by the self. It represents the hero's search for wholeness. Discuss with our panelists this integral process of your character becoming a more complete human being.

  • Break Sun 3:50 - Sun 5:00
  • panel Sun 5:00 - 5:50 PM, Plot and Character Arc Working Together, Monster Tent (1)
    Moderator: Brenda Carre; Panelists: Brenda Carre, Rhiannon Held, Sanan Kolva, L.F. Patten (Laurey)

    In this panel we'll talk about the difference between story, plot, and character arc, and tricks to make your plot and character arc work together for a stronger story.

  • Break Sun 5:50 - Mon 11:00
  • panel Mon 11:00 - 11:50 AM, Experimental Archaeology, Monster Tent (1)
    Moderator: Ruth Frey; Panelists: Ruth Frey, Rhiannon Held, Brent Kellmer, L.F. Patten (Laurey)

    "Experimental Archaeology" refers to hands-on attempts to re-create various aspects of the past. From building a Medieval trebuchet to test its actual firing range to cooking food based on historical recipes, we can learn about the past in a more immediate way than simply looking at artifacts and reading texts. Come learn more about this fascinating (and fun!) type of study!