Missoula's Science Fiction & Fantasy Convention

MisCon 38: the Dark Forest, May 24 - 27, 2024 Missoula, Montana

Esther Jones

MisCon 38 Attending Professional

Esther is the owner of Impulsive Walrus Books, and the co-author of the Gift of Grace series and many other short stories with her husband, Frog. Esther has always loved creating fantastical stories, characters, and paintings. She loves cooking good food, watching k-dramas, and puttering around killing plants in her garden, if she's not already too busy killing her characters

Esther is the owner of Impulsive Walrus Books, and the co-author of the Gift of Grace series and many other short stories with her husband, Frog. Esther has always loved creating fantastical stories, characters, and paintings. She loves cooking good food, watching k-dramas, and puttering around killing plants in her garden, if she's not already too busy killing her characters

Scheduled Panels and Presentations:

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(Tentative)

  • panel Fri 3:00 - 3:50 PM, Informal Author Meet & Greet, Dragon Pavilion (1)
    Moderator: Justin Barba; Panelists: Justin Barba, LJ Bonham, M. H. Bonham (Maggie), David Boop, Stan! Brown, Brenda Carre, C E Chester, Katie Cross, Jayel Draco, Eva Elasigue, Deby Fredericks, Manny Frishberg, Julie Frost, David Gerrold, Ann Gimpel, James Glass, Thomas Gondolfi, Lynsey Griswold, Jeff Grubb, Rhiannon Held, Michael Hodges, Meradeth Houston, Andrea Howe, Paul Jenkins, GS Jennsen, Esther Jones, Frog Jones, Kevin Kauffmann, Nina Kiriki Hoffman, Sanan Kolva, JM Landels (Jen), Tess Langston, Todd Lockwood, Joseph Malik, Tod McCoy, Danith McPherson, Theresa Miller, Gwendolyn Nix, Dakota Nyght, Candi Lyn Siemens, Dave Smeds, D.L. Solum, Patrick Swenson, G.R. Theron, Peter Wacks (pjwacks), Hunter Wallace, Krista Wallace, Dean Wells, Walter Wiese, Danica Winters

    Join us for an informal meet & greet/hangout with a bunch of MisCon's writers and editors. This isn't a formal panel with panelists up on the stage discussing a topic. Instead, everyone will grab chairs in the pavilion, and the moderator will get things going. Then we'll open things up so small group hangouts can happen until the end of the hour. This is your chance to informally meet a bunch of the people you'll see on panels all weekend.

  • panel Fri 4:00 - 4:50 PM, Spotlight: Held, Jones, Chester, Spotlight
    Panelists: C E Chester, Rhiannon Held, Esther Jones

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

  • panel Fri 5:00 - 5:50 PM, You Finished Your Manuscript: What Now?!, The Hollow
    Moderator: Dakota Nyght; Panelists: C E Chester, Katie Cross, Andrea Howe, Esther Jones, Dakota Nyght

    You've finally typed those two little words, "The End." Congratulations! Now on to revisions, but where to start? Learn what story elements to look at when self-editing your manuscript to get the most value out of a professional developmental edit.

  • panel Fri 6:00 - 6:50 PM, The Truth About "Write What You Know", Monster Tent (2)
    Moderator: Krista Wallace; Panelists: Manny Frishberg, Meradeth Houston, GS Jennsen, Esther Jones, Krista Wallace

    Many believe that you should only write what you have actually experienced. It’s likely that fantasy authors have never encountered dragons or escaped through magical portals, and most of us haven't gone into space. Let’s talk about what "write what you know" really means.

  • Break Fri 6:50 - Sat 1:00
  • panel Sat 1:00 - 1:50 PM, Horror Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow, Rocket Tent (3)
    Moderator: D.L. Solum; Panelists: Esther Jones, D.L. Solum, William Sutton, Peter Wacks (pjwacks)

    Let's discuss the horror in fiction. How has it changed over time, and how is it evolving now? Are the good old days long dead, or is the best yet to come?

  • Break Sat 1:50 - Sat 3:00
  • panel Sat 3:00 - 3:50 PM, Let's Talk Anime!, Fairy Tent (4)
    Panelists: David Boop, Robert Grey (SeattleBeastCosplay), Esther Jones, Kevin Kauffmann

    Is Demon Slayer the best anime? Dororo? Bleach? Tokyo Ghoul? Ok, these might not be the best anime out there, but if not, which ones are? Why? Our panelists will encourage audience participation.

  • Break Sat 3:50 - Sun 10:00
  • panel Sun 10:00 - 10:50 AM, Don’t Kill The Dog!, Monster Tent (2)
    Moderator: JM Landels (Jen); Panelists: Deby Fredericks, Esther Jones, JM Landels (Jen), Danica Winters

    Animals have been used and misused by writers for centuries: as ways to progress the plot, induce pathos, get a character from point A to point B, and as characters in their own right. Panelists will give examples of stories in which the use of animals either works or doesn't work, and will discuss how to avoid making your readers throw a book across the room in fury.

  • Break Sun 10:50 - Sun 2:00
  • panel Sun 2:00 - 2:50 PM, Inciting Incidents: Does Your Story Have a Hook?, Phoenix Ballroom
    Moderator: Ann Gimpel; Panelists: Ann Gimpel, Esther Jones, Tod McCoy, Dakota Nyght

    Readers often decide whether to keep reading or put down a book within the first 5 to 10 pages—they're looking for where the action starts! Let's talk about what an inciting incident is (and isn't) and how to make it stronger.

  • Break Sun 2:50 - Sun 4:00
  • panel Sun 4:00 - 4:50 PM, Trekkies of Tomorrow, Dragon Pavilion (1)
    Moderator: Kyle Elliott (Big Kyle); Panelists: Kyle Elliott (Big Kyle), David Gerrold, Lynsey Griswold, Esther Jones

    Let's discuss the state of Star Trek today and consider where it might boldly go tomorrow.