Missoula's Science Fiction & Fantasy Convention

MisCon 32: May 25 - 28, 2018 Missoula, Montana

John Olsen

MisCon 32 Attending Professional

Motivated by his lifelong love of reading, John M. Olsen writes about ordinary people doing extraordinary things as a way to entertain and inspire others. His father's library started him on this journey as a teenager, and he now owns and expands that library to pass his passion on to the next generation of avid readers.He loves to create things, whether writing novels or short stories or working in his secret lair equipped with dangerous power tools. In all cases, he applies engineering principles and processes to the task at hand, often in unpredictable ways. He usually prefers "Renaissance Man" to "Mad Scientist" as a goal and aesthetic.

Motivated by his lifelong love of reading, John M. Olsen writes about ordinary people doing extraordinary things as a way to entertain and inspire others. His father's library started him on this journey as a teenager, and he now owns and expands that library to pass his passion on to the next generation of avid readers.

He loves to create things, whether writing novels or short stories or working in his secret lair equipped with dangerous power tools. In all cases, he applies engineering principles and processes to the task at hand, often in unpredictable ways. He usually prefers "Renaissance Man" to "Mad Scientist" as a goal and aesthetic.

He lives in Utah with his lovely wife and a variable number of mostly grown children and a constantly changing subset of extended family.

Check out his ramblings on his blog - https://johnmolsen.blogspot.com/

Scheduled Panels and Presentations:

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(Tentative)

  • panel Fri 5:00 - 5:50 PM, Sensing Violence, Ballroom C
    Moderator: Joseph Malik; Panelists: Cheryl Glenn, Elliott Kay, Joseph Malik, John Olsen

    What does violence sound like? Smell like? How does it feel and taste? Are the details of violence like those we see in movies? If not, should you write them realistically or cinematically?

  • Break Fri 5:50 - Sat 11:00
  • panel Sat 11:00 - 11:50 AM, Pacing, Ballroom B
    Moderator: Peter Wacks (pjwacks); Panelists: Tod McCoy, John Olsen, L.F. Patten (Laurey), Peter Wacks (pjwacks)

    What are some effective ways to control the pacing of your scenes, chapters, and overall book? Is it structure? Paragraph-by-paragraph? Can you outline for pacing?

  • Break Sat 11:50 - Sat 4:00
  • panel Sat 4:00 - 4:50 PM, It Seemed Like She Was, She Thought, Monster Tent (1)
    Moderator: J.A. Pitts; Panelists: LJ Bonham, Eric Scott Fischl, John Olsen, J.A. Pitts, Joyce Reynolds-Ward

    In Ken Randís Ten Percent Solution, he advocates that you take your story and cut 10%. That includes writing tight, precise prose, among other things. What are some of the best ways to do this?

  • Break Sat 4:50 - Sun 1:00
  • panel Sun 1:00 - 1:50 PM, Getting Armor Right, Monster Tent (1)
    Moderator: LJ Bonham; Panelists: LJ Bonham, John Olsen, D.L Solum

    Historical, fantastical or sport, no one wants to bleed. Let's talk about getting armor right for both visual media and writing. Practical examples provided. Come find out how it's made and how it works and why.