Amanda Faith

Amanda Faith

Award-winning author Amanda Faith may have been raised in Dayton, but her heart and home is in the South. With a lifelong love of teaching and writing, she had plenty of encouragement from teachers and friends along the way. Loving a good puzzle has always been a fascination, and writing gives her the outlet to put all the pieces together.

Being adventurous and loving to try new things, it wasn’t long before her characters found themselves in unusual situations. She loves to put people from two different worlds into new situations and to see how they interact, taking them on journeys they would never have normally experienced.

Her current adventure is working as a high school English professor turned Media Specialist, writing, and doing paranormal investigations doesn’t slow her down from having a great time with a plethora of hobbies. Her published credits include short stories, poetry, several journal articles, her doctoral dissertation, and her award-winning book Strength of Spirit. She is a staff writer for The Daily Dragon at Dragon Con. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English, a Masters in Education-English, and a Doctorate in Education-Teacher Leadership.

Follow @dramandafaith on Twitter.

Website: http://www.amandafaith.net

The Magical Music of the Georgia Philharmonic

The Magical Music of the Georgia Philharmonic

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This is the third year the Georgia Philharmonic, conducted by John Morrison, has performed at Dragon Con. Each year, there has always been a level of barely contained excitement to the anticipation of the arrangement that will be performed. Each year, we think that it can’t get any better. Each year, we are wrong. It’s always better. This year was no exception. Centennial II–II in the Hyatt was filled to capacity of over 3,000 people Saturday night as people waited
 
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The Marvelous Matt Smith

The Marvelous Matt Smith

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Matt Smith is a lanky, lean man with deep eyes full of excitement, joy, and kindness, which is no surprise to his fans and Doctor Who loyalists, who felt no fear taking his hand for five insanely fun years aboard the TARDIS. His incarnation, the 11th, of the eternal Time Lord may have been in the body of a young man—the youngest ever to wield the sonic screwdriver—but he had the gravitas of a seasoned alien unafraid to take the
 
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How Far Will You Come?

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Dragon Con: those words mean something different to different people. To some, it’s a way to cosplay and let their fantasies fly. For others, it’s a way to hang with like-minded geeks who get the Star Wars or Supernatural quotes. Others get to game with people from all over the world. For everyone, it’s a way to reconnect to “family.” All over the world? Yes. Not only are there fans here from all over the United States, people travel here
 
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Improv at the Miyazaki

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Eric Reinders, the author of The Moral Narratives of Hayao Miyazaki, specializes in Chinese religion, particularly Medieval Buddhism, Buddhist monasticism, and Christian missionary cultures. The primary themes of his work are cultural constructions of the body, destruction studies, and comparative fantasy. In “Improv at the Miyazaki,” 5:30PM Friday in Hilton Galleria 1, Reinders lead the participants in a discussion as to what makes Hayao Miyazaki’s films so unique. Participants came up with a list of reasons. That list included flying,
 
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Getting Hammered with Nathan Fillion

Getting Hammered with Nathan Fillion

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A fan’s gotta do what a fan’s gotta do, and seeing Nathan Fillion tops the list for many Dragon Con attendees. Around 2,000 fans got their chance on Friday at 10AM in Centennial II–II, Hyatt, as well as an additional 2,000 fans in the overflow in the Marriot Atrium via video feed. Beloved for many of his roles, such as Captain Malcolm Reynolds on Firefly, Captain Hammer in Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, and Richard Castle in the popular television series
 
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Night at Sanctuary

Night at Sanctuary

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A large crowd gathered Thursday night at 7PM in Hyatt Regency VI–VII for a celebration of Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dragonsworn and the launch of Intensity, the newest Chronicles of Nick novel. To help her celebrate the occasion, she was joined by Aletha Kontis, Leanne Renee Hieber, Mari Mancusi, and Quincy J. Allen. The event was joyous and magical. There were posters and bookmarks giveaways, cash bar, music, and cake for everyone in attendance. Kenyon took questions from the audience, many geared
 
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Folding Paper into Art: Origami for Beginners

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Down in the basement of the Hyatt in Baker Sunday at 5:30PM was the workshop on beginning origami. Malachi Brown and Amanda Bouffier were the panelists, and patient helpers, for this standing-room-only class. Origami is the ancient art of paper folding and transforming paper into sculpture. There was no experience required to attend this panel, which made it so fun. All of the participants created a jumping frog, a Masu box, a boat, a fish, and a book. The panelists
 
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11 Tips to Increase Your Writing Productivity with Kevin J. Anderson

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The Hyatt Embassy C–D at 4PM on Saturday was the panel to attend if you were interested in learning more how to be more productive with your writing. Kevin J. Anderson, international bestselling author with over 140 published books in 23 languages, demonstrated how we can make time to write. Be prolific or starve. Writing one book a year makes it virtually impossible to pay the bills. Being a part-time writer usually consists of the following formula: One to two
 
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