Colleen Sisler

Colleen Sisler

Colleen Callahan Sisler is Content Writer for an online coffee roaster in Canton, GA, writing blog posts, newsletters, and managing their social media. In 2017, Colleen started her own business as a foodie blogger and marketing consultant. She lives in Holly Springs with her husband, their son, and their two rescue pooches. They are hopeful to join the minimalist lifestyle and are in search of the perfect tiny home while purging 20+ years of accumulated memorabilia.

Starting with A Wrinkle In Time and never looking back, Colleen is a huge fan of science fiction, fantasy, and the supernatural. Favorite time burners are anything by Joss Whedon, the entire Outlander universe, the occasional Neil Gaiman rant, and as many geeky TV shows as she can lay her eyes on.

Recently, Colleen has decided to go back to her first love - writing. Since the third grade, creating neighborhood newsletters with a typewriter and copying them with a mimeograph machine (remember those?), the writing flame has been kept alive through short stints in industry magazines, copywriting for marketing projects, and randomly posting in now defunct personal blogs. Writing for the Daily Dragon was the first stepping stone in a journey towards her Destiny.

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He Said, She Said

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The authors in the “He Said, She Said” panel held on Friday at 7PM in the Hyatt Embassy C–D discussed the art of dialogue in writing. Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, John D. Ringo, Gail Z. Martin, Katherine Kurtz, Bill Fawcett, and A.J. Hartley were on hand to give tips and pointers regarding how to write dialogue. The first point the panel discussed was how to make sure your dialogue makes sense. Being true to the character was high on the list—once
 
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The Use of Myth and Legend in Fantasy

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Saturday evening at 8:30PM in the Embassy meeting room of the Hyatt, D.L. Wainright, Mari Mancusi, Todd McCaffrey, and moderator Venessa Guinta discussed the use of mythology and legend in fantasy writing. The discussion started with why some authors choose to use myth or legend in their writing. The first point that was brought up was the Greek plays. As a type of fan fiction, they are the ultimate demonstration of the use of mythology. Today, the use of myth
 
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‘Everybody Gets a God!’

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Sunday evening at 8:30PM in the Chastain Ballroom of the Westin, speakers and audience members alike discussed the new Neil Gaiman show, American Gods. Erika A. Pratt, Damian Allen, Father Bryan Small, John Hartness, Wendy Hembrock, and Thomas Mariani were moderated by Carol Malcolm in the panel “Coming to America: An American Gods Fan Panel.” Though based on the book by the same name, American Gods is much more visceral than the source material. The imagery in the opening credits
 
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Is It Real Life? AR and VR

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As Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) become more mainstream, questions turn to the future. The professionals at the “Augmented and Virtual Reality” panel on Friday at 1PM in Westin Augusta E-G discussed what is coming in this emerging field. Roger Altizer, Mike Capps, Maribeth Gandy, and Blair MacIntyre talked hardware, software, and creators. Though the discussion was dominated with VR discussion, there were a couple of points the panel made about AR. The first lamented that there currently
 
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A Fish, a Troll, and a Dragon Walk Into a Tea Shop

A Fish, a Troll, and a Dragon Walk Into a Tea Shop

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The first annual “Splendid Teacup Race” took place Saturday at 4PM in the Sheraton Atlanta ballroom. Sponsored by both the Alternative History and Robotics and Makers tracks, this family-friendly event was well attended. Approximately 250 guests surrounded the small track around which ten entrants would soon be racing. Begun in 2014 in New Zealand, teapot racing is governed by The Official Rules of Splendid Teapot Racing, which covers the specifications of the vehicles and course, how points are awarded, and
 
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Nazis Are Bad and Everyone Is Horrible

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The fan panel “The Grasshopper Lies Heavy: The Man in the High Castle” was interactive from the beginning. Convened in Sheraton Augusta at 4PM on Saturday afternoon, the panel was moderated by Lindsey Boyer and included Roxanne Henkle, Andrea La-Rosa, Gary Mitchel, and Mark Staubitz. Right out of the gate, someone asked how similar the TV show is to the book and if they would be unable to follow the panel as they had yet to watch it. The general
 
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Good or Evil: The Two Sides of Grant Ward and Aida

Good or Evil: The Two Sides of Grant Ward and Aida

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Mallory Jansen and Brett Dalton of the Marvel Universe hit Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. answered audience questions Friday afternoon at 5:30PM in the Grand Ballroom in the Sheraton for the panel “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (or Is That Hydra?)” The two actors have the unique perspective of playing good characters that have gone bad. Leigh Bennet-Conner moderated the Q&A session and started by asking both actors about the craziest thing they did when preparing to be an actor. Jansen mentioned a class in drama school during which she had
 
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Not Just Programmers: Finding Unusual Video Gaming Jobs

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The international panel of experts at the “Unusual Jobs in the Video Game Industry” panel have extremely diverse backgrounds and hold interesting jobs in a field primarily known for artists, programmers, and coders. The full room in the Westin at 5:30PM Saturday was excited to learn about alternatives to break into a field many of them interact with for entertainment on a daily basis. The panel was composed of Roger Altizer, tester, journalist, college professor; Jose Zagal, engineering education research;
 
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