’17 Panels/Events

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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Creativity 101 Offers Strategies for Writers

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A panel of Nancy Knight, moderator, Janny Wurts, Lucienne Diver, David Mcinnes Gill, Kim Harrison, and Ali Fisher brainstormed about ways that writers can keep their creativity levels high. Before moving on to possible strategies, Fisher and Ali agreed that voice, that unique lens of telling a story as no one else could, is the single most important thing they seek in a new write. The author panelists considered what inspired them most. These and other ideas emerged: New magic
 
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How to Be a Muscle Nerd: No Muscle Suit Needed

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Ever wanted to up your cosplay game by looking more like you favorite character, or do you have fitness goals you want to meet before Dragon Con 2018? Fitness enthusiasts and cosplayers Victor DelCampo, Damaris Degan, James Elmer, and Joe Miksan shared their best fitness tips for achieving the goals you want in the Hilton 302–305 on Saturday at 11:30 AM. When starting a nutrition program, first evaluate where you’re at and create a plan from there. Many of the
 
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Strong Women of Dragon Con

Strong Women of Dragon Con

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Perceptions change, attitudes change, and the idea of a strong woman is beginning to evolve from a chick in armor so skimpy it wouldn’t protect a flea to a woman who is not afraid to be herself. Take a hint, fellas. We are NOT all the same. Sure, some women are tough and scrappy and wouldn’t shy away from a fight, whether it be with fists or with words. And, yes, some of us are much quieter and gentler of
 
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Star Trek: An Ever-Expanding Universe

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The penultimate panel of Trek Track at Dragon Con 2017, which convened in Hilton Galleria 2–3 Monday afternoon, featured Keith R.A. DeCandido. The author of over two dozen novels plus a number of novellas, short stories, eBooks and comics, DeCandido offered his insights into a more than 50-year-old universe that continues to expand. DeCandido began by pointing out that the vast majority of Star Trek books are available in ebook form, the only exception being some of the earliest original
 
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Care and Feeding of Writers at Work Panel Reassures Authors

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Editors Claire Eddy, Steve Staffel, and Stephen Mazur joined editor/author Jaym Gates and agent/author Lucienne Diver at a Sunday panel that addressed how to care for writers during the editorial and sales phases of publishing. Regarding the relationship between editors and authors, Diver said that the ideal is one of respect and open communication.  Ideal relationship notwithstanding, she stressed that authors should keep their agents up to date on contacts with the editor. Staffel praised Diver as a rare agent
 
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Make Films Like a Girl: Women in Film, Gender Issues, and Cinematic Politics

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On Sunday afternoon, a nearly capacity audience gathered in Hyatt Spring to listen to four brilliant women filmmakers, all writers and directors, to talk about the trials and the (slow) changes toward the positive that exist for women breaking past the boys’ club in Hollywood. Unsurprisingly, the conversation started with Wonder Woman, director Patty Jenkins, and how this one film has put cracks in the glass ceiling. Ibba Armancas shared an anecdote of trying to get a short story she
 
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Doc Holliday Faces Bobo Del Rey at Dragon Con

Doc Holliday Faces Bobo Del Rey at Dragon Con

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Tim Rozon (Doc) and Michael Eklund (Bobo) from Wynonna Earp faced off at a press conference Sunday afternoon at the Marriott. Their cheerful banter started with Eklund admitting that Dragon Con 2017 is his first convention ever. “But you were at Comic-Con,” Rozon said. Eklund replied that he hadn’t been invited, so he’d had to crash it. So what does he think of Dragon Con? “Love it! I like walking around and talking to everyone and looking at the costumes
 
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