Missoula's Science Fiction & Fantasy Convention

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

Tod McCoy

MisCon 36 Attending Professional

Tod McCoy is a Seattle-based writer whose work has appeared in Asimov’s, Starward Tales II, The People’s Apocalypse, and Bronies: For the Love of Ponies. A Clarion West graduate and current board member, he’s the publisher behind Hydra House Books, which publishes Pacific Northwest fantasy and science fiction.

Tod McCoy is a Seattle-based writer whose work has appeared in Asimov’s, Starward Tales II, The People’s Apocalypse, and Bronies: For the Love of Ponies. A Clarion West graduate and current board member, he’s the publisher behind Hydra House Books, which publishes Pacific Northwest fantasy and science fiction.

Scheduled Panels and Presentations:

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(Tentative)

  • panel Fri 2:00 - 2:50 PM, Secondary Characters, Ballroom C
    Moderator: Frog Jones; Panelists: Frog Jones, Tod McCoy, D.L Solum, Dean Wells

    Let's discuss sidekicks and supporting casts in our stories. More details to come

  • Break Fri 2:50 - Sat 10:00
  • panel Sat 10:00 - 10:50 AM, Using Tropes Effectively, Monster Tent (1)
    Moderator: Sanan Kolva; Panelists: Rafael Hohmann (Raf), Sanan Kolva, Tod McCoy, G.R. Theron

    What are tropes, how are they used, and how can we use them effectively as story-telling tools without falling back on the same old cliches?

  • panel Sat 11:00 - 12:50 PM, First Page Idol a.k.a. Live Action Slush Pile, Ballroom B
    Panelists: Tod McCoy, Patrick Swenson, Peter Wacks (pjwacks), Danica Winters

    Join us for MisCon's annual First Page Idol! Here's how it works: Hand in the FIRST PAGE of your story at the start of the panel. Pages will be randomly chosen and read aloud. Our panelists will indicate when, had the submission come across their desk, they'd stop reading and tell us why. Submissions will be anonymous and will not be returned. (All submissions may not be read).

  • panel Sat 1:00 - 1:50 PM, Plot or Character: Which Comes First?, Dragon Pavilion (1)
    Moderator: Manny Frishberg; Panelists: Patricia Briggs, Charlaine Harris, Rhiannon Held, Tod McCoy

    What is most important for a good story: a fast moving, engaging plot, or characters you can identify with (or at least care about?) Can you have one without the other? When should you? And, does plot emerge from the character’s needs and desires, or is the character born to serve the plot?

  • panel Sat 2:00 - 2:50 PM, Our Search For Meaning in Fiction, Dragon Pavilion (1)
    Panelists: Katie Cross, Tod McCoy, Danith McPherson, G.R. Theron

    Let’s look at how authors insert their own personal beliefs into their fiction. Do authors have a duty to try to influence hearts and win over minds to their way of thinking? Or is it the opposite? Should they just try to entertain us? Let us escape into Mordor for a good time? Maybe we'll find some meaning in this panel.

  • Break Sat 2:50 - Sun 2:00
  • panel Sun 2:00 - 2:50 PM, When Do I Need an Editor (and Why)?, Ballroom B
    Panelists: M. H. Bonham (Maggie), Tod McCoy, Grant Riddell, Clare Wood

    If you are writing anything for the world at large, sooner or later it will be in the hands of an editor. So, what do they do, and why should you listen to them? What is the difference between a developmental editor, a copy editor and a proofreader, and who hires them?

  • panel Sun 3:00 - 3:50 PM, Building an Anthology, Ballroom C
    Panelists: Manny Frishberg, Frog Jones, Tod McCoy

    Anthologies are multiauthor collections of stories, usually organized around a theme or device. Interpretations may be broad or narrowly defined, and the stories may be solicited by invitation, or from an open call. What compels people to start a project like this? What are the pleasures and pain points? How are they paid for, and are they worth it?

  • panel Sun 4:00 - 4:50 PM, Speculative Poetry Workshop, Rocket Tent (1)
    Panelists: Tod McCoy, Nikki Rossignol

    Hear from two Speculative Poets Tod McCoy and Nikki Rossignol on how to write poetry inside the the science fiction and fantasy realm with an opportunity to read your own work and receive group feedback.