Missoula's Science Fiction & Fantasy Convention

MisCon 36: Carnival of Wonders, May 27 - 30, 2022 Missoula, Montana

Esther Jones

MisCon 36 Attending Professional

Esther has always loved creating fantasies, but only began writing with Frog after winning a short story contest in 2011. She is the owner and president of Impulsive Walrus Books, and the author of many short stories and novels. By day, Esther is a legal assistant editing others' work, but by night she's an author that has also ghost-written for blogs, movie reviews, and many other sites. She loves cooking good food, Asian pop-culture, and puttering around killing plants in her garden, if she's not already too busy killing her characters.
In order to prove to herself that she could still write a short story, she set

Esther has always loved creating fantasies, but only began writing with Frog after winning a short story contest in 2011. She is the owner and president of Impulsive Walrus Books, and the author of many short stories and novels. By day, Esther is a legal assistant editing others' work, but by night she's an author that has also ghost-written for blogs, movie reviews, and many other sites. She loves cooking good food, Asian pop-culture, and puttering around killing plants in her garden, if she's not already too busy killing her characters.
In order to prove to herself that she could still write a short story, she set herself a goal of entering the SpoCon League of Extraordinary Writer’s competition. To do so, Esther consulted with Frog, and about her story idea and began generating the world that would eventually envelop The Gift of Grace series. The short story she produced as a result not only entered, but won that competition.

Following that, Esther has collaborated with Frog on The Gift of Grace, opened a small press publishing house known as Impulsive Walrus Books, and written for the nerd culture media site Unified Nerd Theory, as well as many other projects. Her interest in writing has driven the team of Frog and Esther to heights that neither could have reached alone.

Scheduled Panels and Presentations:

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(Tentative)

  • panel Fri 4:00 - 4:50 PM, MisCon Workshop: Outline a novel in 60 minutes, Monster Tent (1)
    Panelists: Esther Jones, Frog Jones

    This is an interactive workshop where Frog, Esther, and the audience take a novel idea and convert it into something that makes sense on paper. Participants will plan a scifi/fantasy novel with the authors-from finding an opening hook, to pushing through the muddy middle, to delivering that final climatic punch.

  • Break Fri 4:50 - Fri 6:00
  • panel Fri 6:00 - 6:50 PM, Who Likes Conflict?, Dragon Pavilion (1)
    Panelists: Rhiannon Held, Michael Hodges, Rafael Hohmann (Raf), Esther Jones

    Your characters want things, right? They have goals. But conflict arises when something gets in the way. Let's discuss the different kinds of conflict in fiction and ways to bring it to the page in your own work.

  • Break Fri 6:50 - Sat 3:00
  • panel Sat 3:00 - 3:50 PM, Organizing Story Ideas, Dragon Pavilion (1)
    Panelists: Rhiannon Held, Rafael Hohmann (Raf), Esther Jones, Frog Jones

    Let's discuss ways to organize story ideas. What do writers use? Software like Scrivener, One Note, Google Drive? Post-it notes? Notebooks?

  • panel Sat 4:00 - 4:50 PM, Author Readings: Frog & Esther, Yellowstone
    Panelists: Esther Jones, Frog Jones

    Join our authors as they read from their latest works!

  • Break Sat 4:50 - Sun Noon
  • panel Sun Noon - 12:50 PM, Deconstructing the Hero's Journey, Monster Tent (1)
    Moderator: Dean Wells; Panelists: Esther Jones, D.L Solum, Peter Wacks (pjwacks), Dean Wells

    The Hero’s Journey is a metaphor for the human experience. In this presentation we will explore each stage of the Hero's Journey and examine its roots in Jungian archetype and the collective unconscious.

  • Break Sun 12:50 - Sun 4:00
  • panel Sun 4:00 - 4:50 PM, The Murky Middle, Ballroom C
    Moderator: Theresa Miller; Panelists: Esther Jones, Sanan Kolva, Michael McClintock, Dean Wells

    You know how to start a story, and how to write an exciting ending. But what about the middle? Let's talk about what to do with that mid-story slump.

  • Break Sun 4:50 - Mon 10:00
  • panel Mon 10:00 - 10:50 AM, Treasured Trashy Tropes, Ballroom C
    Moderator: Tess Langston; Panelists: Esther Jones, Tess Langston, D.L Solum, G.R. Theron

    Let's talk about weird tropes we love and how to recycle them in your own work!