Amy Herring

Amy Herring

As Louise Herring-Jones, Amy Herring writes mainstream, historical, and speculative fiction as well as non-fiction. Her stories have been included in anthologies, most recently “Michaelis and the Dew Shades” in Fae Visions of the Mediterranean: An Anthology of Horrors and Wonders of the Sea (Futurefire.net Publishing, 2016), "Tender" in Life on the Rez (Tree-Lion Press, 2016), and "Moundville Revisited" in Ruins Excavation (Hadley Rille Books, 2015). She practices law in Alabama and is an advocate for privacy rights, First Amendment guarantees, and other constitutionally protected freedoms.

No representation is made that the quality of the legal services to be performed is greater than the quality of legal services performed by other lawyers.

Website: http://www.louiseherring-jones.com

Writer’s Block Vanquished

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J.D. Blackrose led a panel of celebrated authors, S. M. Stirling, Janny Wurts, and Alethea Kontis, in a Saturday evening panel that identified myriad ways to conquer writer’s block, that ubiquitous inability to bring on words that plagues many writers. Addressing the pervasive problem, Blackrose noted that writer’s block is pretty universal and asked what we can do to fight it. Stirling said that he first gets the cat off his keyboard, but he added that if there is a
 
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A Chat with Jim E. Beall at the Intersection of Science and Science Fiction

A Chat with Jim E. Beall at the Intersection of Science and Science Fiction

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A nuclear engineer for over 40 years, a war gamer for more than half a century, and an avid reader of science fiction for even longer, Jim E. Beall has life experience including work as a U.S. Navy nuclear officer as well as design, construction, inspection, and/or policy work for public and private agencies. He attended Dragon Con for the first time this year. I ran into Beall before he returned to Virginia and he kindly answered some late questions.
 
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Authors Explore Plotting vs. Plodding… and Jelly Doughnuts

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A panel of authors led by the august Lee Martindale showered writers with splendid advice in the Saturday afternoon Writers Track panel in the Hyatt on creating plots. Describing herself as a “short-story slinger,” Martindale invited the team of authors to suggest ways to capture sometimes elusive plot ideas. Melissa F. Olson replied that when she gets even a small piece of an idea, she immediately writes it down. Agreeing, Anthony Francis said that he keeps three different notebooks for
 
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Authors Ponder ‘Characters Readers Love’

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Moderator Trisha J. Wooldridge led a lively panel at the Writers’ Track Saturday morning chatting about characters that readers love. Wooldridge, Lucienne Diver, Eric Flint, Esther Friesner, A. J. Hartley, and Robert J. Sawyer considered characters in stories they had read or written as well as how-to pointers to consider when creating new (and hopefully) beloved characters. Discussing the number one tip on making characters loveworthy, panelists responded with a plethora of recommendations. Flint talked about advice from the late,
 
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Writers’ Intensive Workshop Speakers Craft Grand Finale

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Jody Lynn Nye’s Writers’ Intensive Workshop offered students and alumni yet another golden opportunity to learn from working professionals at this Friday’s workshop. Ace executive editor Anne Sowards stressed that an emerging author must be able to summarize even a very complex story in a one-sentence logline. She urged writers not to follow popular trends. If you do so, and the trend fades, hang onto the project until it becomes popular again, she advised. Although Ace only buys through agents,
 
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Jeanne Adams: Award-Winning Author and Literary Alchemist

Jeanne Adams: Award-Winning Author and Literary Alchemist

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Forged in “the dark crucible of emotion,” the fiction of Jeanne Adams explores character and relationship emerging from the turbulent collision of suspense and adventure, enriched by her multi-faceted imagination. Praised by John G. Hartness for her “old-school fun science fiction with heart and humor,” Adams, an award-winning author and a courageous genre hopper, will present her literary alchemy at Dragon Con 2018. Daily Dragon (DD): Your novella The Accidental Plague in Outcast Station features a not-so-classic plague plot, a
 
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Dragon Con Art Show Presents 135 Artists and 40 Programs

Dragon Con Art Show Presents 135 Artists and 40 Programs

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The Dragon Con Art Show is back and even bigger and better than ever before, featuring 135 artists and 40 programming items. There are over one hundred bays of hanging panels with 2D artwork and thirty 3D table displays in the gallery plus a huge print shop with artwork priced for every budget. The Art Show also has a returning bazaar with 75 artists offering their creations directly to fans. Among the 40 program items are demos and workshops that
 
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