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    Tuesday, August 28, 2018

    Goin' to Dragon Con, 2018 Edition

    Dragon Con is almost here! I’ll be heading out Wednesday, abandoning spouse and house panther to their own devices. (They’re afraid…very afraid. ;-) ) I can’t wait to see my friends—and learn what author and Falstaff Books publisher John Hartness is planning for the threatened Virgo birthday bash. (The Westin Bar may never recover.) In addition, this will be author Joshua B. Palmatier’s first time in the Merchandise Mart as the publisher of Zombies Need Brains. Drop by and say hello if you’re going in that direction.
    I hope you’ll drop by a few of my panels, too. This year I have twelve. From the subjects and the other guests, they’re sure to be grand!

    Title: Social Media as an Effective Tool for Authors
    Description: Social media can launch your career--or kill it. What's effective? What isn't? Learn how to navigate the tricky waters of social media.
    Time: Fri 01:00 pm Location: Embassy CD - Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)
    (Tentative Panelists: Tyra A Burton, Denise Baker Camacho, Michael Chatfield, Jean Marie Ward, Lee Martindale, Aleron Kong)

    Title: A Genre Is a Genre Is a Genre: The Proliferation of Genres
    Description: Every time you turn around, it seems there's a new genre on the bookshelves--or a sub-genre. Whatever happened to just science fiction or just fantasy or just...any genre you'd care to name? Our panelists discuss this. Is there any end in sight?
    Time: Fri 04:00 pm Location: Embassy AB - Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)
    Moderator / MC for panel
    (Tentative Panelists: Jean Marie Ward, Claire M. Eddy, Bill Fawcett, Henry Vogel, Dr. Charles E. Gannon)

    Title: Readings in Honor of Kathryn Fernquist Hinds
    Description: Writers & friends celebrate the life of author, bard, poet, & teacher Kathryn Hinds with reminiscences & readings from her work.
    Time: Fri 07:00 pm Location: Techwood - Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)
    Moderator / MC for panel
    (Tentative Panelists: Jean Marie Ward, Gail Z. Martin, Jeanne P Adams, James Palmer, Trisha J. Wooldridge, Catherine M. Scully)

    Title: Ahoy, Mateys! Pirates in Popular Culture
    Description: The drama and adventure of pirate history have inspired imaginations for centuries. Join us for some of our favorite pirate stories, including Pirates of the Caribbean, Black Sails, Treasure Island, Treasure Planet, The Goonies - even Cutthroat Island! No, we don't know where the rum has gone.
    Time: Fri 08:30 pm Location: Athens - Sheraton (Length: 1 Hour)
    (Tentative Panelists: Tim Powers, Darin M. Bush, Michael J. Martinez, Jean Marie Ward, Sherrilyn Kenyon)

    Title: Reading Session: Jean Marie Ward
    Time: Sat 01:00 pm Location: Marietta - Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)
    (Tentative Panelists: Jean Marie Ward)

    Title: Her-storically Speaking
    Description: Well-behaved women rarely make history, as they say. So we'll be talking about some of the women who made waves, with a focus on pirates, Vikings, and detectives. History professors, writers, and all-around smart ladies talk about the stories we may not have been taught in history books.
    Time: Sat 07:00 pm Location: Athens - Sheraton (Length: 1 Hour)
    (Tentative Panelists: Octavia Randolph, Jean Marie Ward, Leanna Renee Hieber, Nancy Holzner)

    Title: The Oldest Profession: History's Most Famous Working Women
    Description: History has a lot of unsung heroes, specifically in this profession. Contrary to what you may have read, some of the most notorious and celebrated madams and working women have shaped and often guided our history. This survey panel showcases some you should know about.
    Time: Sat 11:30 pm Location: Athens - Sheraton (Length: 1 Hour)
    (Tentative Panelists: Cecilia Dominic, Jean Marie Ward, Gail Z. Martin, Austin Sirkin, Valerie Hampton)

    Title: Oops, I Sold My Novel. Now What?
    Description: Selling your novel is Step One. Presenters will discuss what happens next. How do you make your first novel the success you dreamed about?
    Time: Sun 04:00 pm Location: Embassy CD - Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)
    (Tentative Panelists: John L. Flynn, Lucienne Diver, Leanna Renee Hieber, Michael J. Martinez, Scott Sigler, Jean Marie Ward)

    Title: Ursula K. Le Guin: Honoring a Grand Master
    Description: The field lost a great voice last year when Ursula K. Le Guin passed. We will be honoring the author of The Left Hand of Darkness and Wizard of Earthsea (among others) by discussing her work and life.
    Time: Sun 05:30 pm Location: International South - Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)
    Moderator / MC for panel
    (Tentative Panelists:) Erika A. Domeika, Jean Marie Ward, Trisha Wooldridge

    Title: Broad Universe Rapid-Fire Readings
    Description: Tasty bite-sized readings from some of your favorite & soon-to-be-favorite authors.
    Time: Sun 07:00 pm Location: Techwood - Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)
    Moderator / MC for panel
    (Tentative Panelists: Jean Marie Ward, Gail Z. Martin, John G. Hartness, K.M. Herkes, Linda Robertson, Trisha J. Wooldridge, Jeanne P Adams, Nancy Northcott)

    Title: Win, Lose, or Draw
    Description: Our annual try at getting our fellow fans to figure out what you're drawing. There will be prizes for the winning team.
    Time: Mon 01:00 pm Location: Embassy AB - Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)
    Moderator / MC for panel
    (Tentative Panelists: Jean Marie Ward)

    Title: The Devil in the Details: A Lucifer Fan Panel
    Description: A moderated fan-panel discussion of the hit show's third season
    Time: Mon 02:30 pm Location: Chastain 1-2 - Westin (Length: 1 Hour)
    (Tentative Panelists: Kevin Bachelder, Eric R. Asher, Jean Marie Ward, Kristin Jackson, John G. Hartness)