ConDFW 2/12-2/14/16 – Schedule!

Morning, all!

This weekend is ConDFW!

I’d meant to put up my schedule earlier, but life has been pure chaos lately. DOH!


PROGRAMMING 2 (MADISON) Friday, 3pm: Google Maps is Your Urban Fantasy Guide Panelists: Gloria Oliver (M), Seanan McGuire, Paul Black, Sue Sinor, Bradley H. Sinor Looking for a good location, and can’t remember clearly where you grew up?  Trying to figure out how long it takes to drive from Houston to Dallas when you’re riding the Great Hunt?  It’s amazing what technology can show you these days, and learning a neighborhood can be a little safer if you browse from the computer (at least at the beginning).  Our writers talk about finding the perfect location for their urban fantasy stories.


READING (ADAMS) Saturday, 12pm: Gloria Oliver, T. M. Hunter

MAIN PROGRAMMING (JEFFERSON) Saturday, 4pm: Magic vs Technology II: Exploring Technology in Urban Fantasy Panelists: Gloria Oliver (M), Seanan McGuire, Carole Nelson Douglas, P.N. Elrod, C. Dean Andersson, Mary Gearhart‐Gray Last year we looked at the effect of technology on magic in Urban Fantasy.  This year we flip the sides and look at how magic effects technology.  A perfect example of this is in the Dresden Files, where magic can actively destroy modern technology by being used nearby.  Does modern technology replace magic?   Can it coexist?  How modern should tech be so it isn’t mistaken as magic itself?  Our authors explore this knotty problem with SCIENCE!

PROGRAMMING 3 (HAMILTON) Saturday, 5pm: Where do Heroes Go to Die? Panelists: Tracy S. Morris (M), Barbara Ann Wright, Patrice Sarath, Gloria Oliver, Michelle Muenzler Last year we heard that Arnold Schwarzenegger is doing Legend of Conan (eventually?  Maybe?  Now it looks like November 2016) as a direct sequel to the first Conan, where it ended with him being King, old and grizzled.  As a concept, the idea is neat, and is something that Howard dealt with in his original stories as well.  Just how do you write old heroes?  Our writers of sword and sorcery discuss these topics and more.


PROGRAMMING 2 (MADISON) Sunday, 1pm: Interstellar Archaeology: Part Two – The Debunking Panelists: Mel White (M), Chris Donahue, Gloria Oliver, Teresa Patterson, David Doub, Stina Leicht The second of two panels where we inflict discover startling artifacts of OBVIOUS alien origin.  Our experts tell us how wrong the previous esteemed panelists were!  Last year, Sunday’s panel thoroughly debunked Friday’s experts.  Help us, they can!  Confuse us, they will not.

Hope you come! I’ll also have a table in the Dealers Room. 🙂

SoonerCon 2015 Schedule!

Next week is SoonerCon!

And their final panel listing is complete.

So click away on the images to get all the deets!

As for my panels….

Time Room
3:00 pm Mann (Film/TV) Godzilla at 60 
As the longest-running movie series in history, Godzilla has been both a cult classic and mainstream hit. We discuss why Godzilla is still loved today.

5:00 pm Maynard (Writing) Vampires, Mummies, and Zombies: Why the Undead Fascinate Us
Panelists look at life, death, undeath and re-death

Time Room
10:00 am Ballroom D – Main Programming Koffee Klatch
Morning networking with convention guests.

2:00 pm Mann (Film/TV) The Doctor and His Companions: Helper or Hindrance
The companion has been called the “voice of the audience” and the “Doctor’s conscience.” Does the Doctor need a companion or can he explore time and space on his own?

3:00 pm Ballroom A (Media/Science) Kaiju, Unicorns, Bigfoot, and Dragons
What fantasy beasts and humanoids are plausible, and which are simply fiction? We take a practical look at supernatural creatures.

Time Room
11:00 am Mann (Film/TV) Declassifying Stargate
Balancing scientific and social advancement with the need for secrecy is a recurring theme in Stargate. Could an interstellar exploration program actually stay hidden from the public?

Should be awesome! Hope to see you there!

ArmadilloCon Schedule 7/25-7/27/14

ArmadilloCon has it going on!
They’ve already finalized their panel schedule.

Here’s my list of panels

Tree Creatures
Fri 4:00 PM-5:00 PM Room E
Wells*, Clarke, Oliver, Stanley
Ents, nymphs dryads and more. Discussion regarding the various kinds of tree creatures from myth and legend.

Do Werewolves Dream of Bloody Sheep
Fri 10:00 PM-11:00 PM Room F
de Orive*, Kimbriel, Oliver, Roberts, S. White
What are the beginnings of werewolves in fiction? How have they changed over the years?

Sat 10:00 AM-11:00 AM Southpark B

Sat 1:00 PM-2:00 PM Room E
Richerson*, Brown, Maresca, Oliver,
Discussion of Aztec mythology and why it isn’t used in more genre stories.

The Denisovans and Homo floresiensis
Sun 10:00 AM-11:00 AM Conference Center
Antell*, Mahoney, McKay, Oliver
New discoveries in DNA research. What are they and how many more are out there?

See you there!

Picture Kaleidoscope 11/6/13 – The Octopodicon Edition

Electronic device issues have somewhat messed up my schedule. Work (RL) isn’t helping much either! lol.

But this past weekend I took a couple of extra days off and slummed at Octopodicon!
Loads of neat things to see there.

The Embassy Suites had a lot of cool lamps and some neat architecture. Loved this one as it looked like an upside down sea anemone holding onto its top. 

Octopodicon trophies for various contests

Homemade miniature blimp

More cool hotel lamps

The Mushroom Peddler had some amazing figurines!

Aren’t they all just adorable?

Dreamers Leatherwork had amazing stuff done in leather and partially painted. He doesn’t have a website though. 🙁

Adorable figures for a game still in process of being created. Too cute!

I believe this gorgeous bracelet was from Steamer Trunk Treasure

Funky architecture in the hotel’s restaurant

Rie Sheridan Rose at her reading in the Scriptorium

Look closely at this hat. It’s an octopus! With Glowing eyes!

Here was her complete costume

Cool steampunk goodies

This hat tried to make me covet. Sadly a little outside my price range.
Cool statue in the hotel’s fountain in the lounge area

More cool costumes!

Liz in her Steampunk outfit. 

Another of Rie’s

Loved the triple depth and triple colors of the ceiling

Isn’t this cute????

Nice outfit!

You could pay to have your friends put in jail. Heh heh.
Gotta run!

My SoonerCon Schedule for 6/28-6/30/13

Yeah, no movie review today – sorry!
Life was too hectic to squeeze an extra one the last few weeks, or I’d have had ya’ll covered.

This weekend I will be a panelist and vendor at SoonerCon!

Loads of fun to be had there this weekend! Been looking forward to it.

Below is my panelist schedule:

Friday 2PM C Space – Diplomacy in Speculative Fiction:  Why isn’t everyone killing each other?

Friday 4PM Joyner – It Keeps Me Young:  Why YA Makes Great Reading For Adults


Saturday 10AM B Space – Science in the Victorian Age

Saturday 2PM F Space – Cinema So Far: 2013 in Fan Genre Films

Saturday 3PM Theater – Yard Dog Road Show! (Must be seen to be believed!)

Saturday 4PM F Space – Build A SyFy™ Saturday-Night Movie


Sunday 10AM 10 Forward – Koffee Klatch – schmoozing with the guests!

Sunday 11AM F Space – British Invasion: U.S. Television and the Union Jack (Eek! I’m the moderator!)

Sunday 2PM Rice – Reading – Yes! Come hear me stumble over my own dribble! Hah!

Sunday 3PM F Space – Tolkien’s Fantasies on the Silver Screen

I’m gonna be BUSY! 😛

Picture Kaleidoscope – AllCon 2013

This past weekend was AllCon!
So of course I had to take pics. 🙂

I LOVED this! Multi-generation Star Trek. 

Sebastian from Black Butler.

This guy made a great Colonel from the SF TV show who’s name I’ve yet to be able to recall. Loved that he had an led light in the tube to the Molotov cocktail to make it appear lit. 

Amazon Athena? She was all glittery! Mean looking spear too.

Loved this one too! Jack Frost from Rise of the Guardians. Even to the frost on his hoodie. 

Cruella De Vil – she looked Fabulous!

Sand People!

Bucky! So cute..!

Sam and Dean Winchester! From the episode where they got sucked into the TV shows by the Trickster. These two did like 3 costume changes through the day (Couldn’t get pics! Wah!) In the Medical Show, regular civies, and in their CSI costumes with the sunglasses from the same episode. I thought I saw Bobby Singer join them later in the day. Heh heh.

Sith Cheerleaders! The 501st was in attendance doing all sorts of panels, games for the kids, and more!

Bjoran Hogh Priestess outfit. Photo does not do it justice. Wah!

Iron Man was also in the house! He had working lights on the hand gauntlets too. Several incarnations of Tony Stark running around.

Though Pan Am only lasted 1 season, it obviously made an impression on some peeps out there. She looked great!

Louis from the Vampire Lestat.

A little vampire action too!

Incredible detail on this costume! Photo does not do it justice.

Look at those wings!

Is this not the cutest outfit ever? There were a lot of dolls. I heard there was even a costume contest for the dolls. I saw several wiz by that were utterly amazing! One had multicolored feathers wings and another 3 foot span dragon wings. Wish I’d been able to get pics!

My Little Pony was also heavily represented. 

Ack, wish it had focused better. I couldn’t help but think of this as Star Wars ala The Wizard of OZ since the costume set up is in the same vein as the lion and the scarecrow. 
Yeah, I forgot to bring the good camera. It’s amazing how the phone camera can do awesome one minute and not so much the next. 😛

ConDFW 2/17-2/19 – Gloria’s Panel Schedule!

This weekend I’m out at ConDFW so no movie review. 🙁 Instead, I’ll post what I’ll be doing at the con! Heh heh.


Panel Room 3 – Canterbury
6pm – Creating the Scene: How to Set the Stage in a Play

Panelists: David Gray (M), Gloria Oliver, Anthony Brownrigg, Ethan Nahte, Julie Barrett, Sue Sinor

Continuing our series on playwriting, this panel is all about the scene.  There are many ways of setting the scene, from broody Narration to artful dialogue between the characters.  However, these tools can often be misused – the bad movies of Coleman Francis come to mind where the narrator would narrate a phone call that was happening on screen, rather than listening to the phone call itself!  Our expert playwrights seek to help clarify things, both on and off the stage.

Panel Room 3 – Canterbury
9pm – Yard Dog Press Road Show

Panelists: Selina Rosen, Ethan Nahte, Julia Mandala, Linda Donahue, Chris Donahue, Lou Antonelli, Melanie Fletcher, Bev Hale, William Ledbetter, Gloria Oliver, K. Hutson, Dusty Rainbolt, Rie Sheridan Rose, Frank Summers, Kathy Turski, Mel White

The fantastic authors of the Yard Dog Press put on their always entertaining Road Show!  Make sure not to miss this.


Panel Room 4 – Churchill
10am – The Aftermath of Harry Potter’s Legacy

Panelists: Aelle Ables (M), Bev Hale, Gloria Oliver, Katherine Kimbriel, Selina Rosen

Now that Harry Potter is officially over (or at least until the inevitable spinoffs happen), it’s time to deconstruct a literal decade.  What is the legacy of Harry Potter?  How has this series of 7 books and 8 movies impacted the Fantasy genre, the Young Adult genre and the rise of Urban Fantasy?  We gather together to mourn the passing of Dumbledore and celebrate the death of He-Who-Shall-Not-Be-Named for the last time.  (Maybe.)


12 pm – Gloria Oliver, Kathy Turski, Lee Martindale

Panel Room 1 – Warwick
2pm – Arming Tribbles – How to Arm Primitives Realistically

Panelists: William Ledbetter, Bill Fawcett (M), Mel White, Teresa Patterson, Gloria Oliver
In more and more books in the science fiction/alternate history genre, technologically superior humans encounter primitive aliens.  What do they do with them?  If they’re “good guys”, they invariably bring out the big guns, teach the aliens how to make flintlocks or cannons, and thus the “primitive” society is kicked screaming into the Gunpowder Age.  Is this right?  Ethical?  Our panelists discuss this and exactly what primitive societies could theoretically make in each era…if helped.


Panel Room 1 – Warwick
2pm – Apocalypse Later?  What will be Our Doom?

Panelists: Cherie Priest, Larry Atchley Jr., Linda Donahue (M), Selina Rosen, Gloria Oliver

With all the talk of Apocalypse this year (and the past few days), one thing hasn’t been covered.  What do our panelists think WILL destroy the world?  Let conspiracies abound, and if the government is watching I was never here.

Should be a fun time! Hope to see you there!

Picture Kaleidoscope 9/7/11 – ANimefest 2011

Took the camera this time so I ccould get decent pics of the costumes. Camera phone is just not up to this type of thing. 🙂

Love this guy’s Kamesenin-sama from Dragonball. Hee hee!

Rainbow pixie?

Awesome costume from Naruto.

I laughed so hard when I realized what this was. lol. Flat Deathstar. Had fighters and more pasted around it.

This costume was just jaw dropping. Even his feet were hoofed.

Castiel from Supernatural! He was very popular this year. Even saw a Sam and several Deans. Hee!

This costume was awesome just for the giant anchor alone!


Soul Eater peeps. So cool!

The detail on these ladies’s costumes were awesome.

Sick child. Had to get her Dad to come take her home. 🙁


Look at all those tails!

There were a lot of these candy corn horned peeps around but she had these really cool ears tacked on.

A very nice Darth Maul was in attendance.

Mine craft for the win!

MIB – he even had the red forget machine. (Dang, wish this hadn’t come out so blurry! Grrr)

And Officer Jenny!
Con was super busy and peeps seemed to have a good time. Yay!

A-kon 22 and The Ladies of Trade Town Debut!

Yeppers, this weekend will be chuck full of doings!

I’ll have a table at A-kon at the Artist Alley on the second floor by thew Dealers’ Room hocking the books and also sharing the table with Chibi Chains.

Artist Alley is open:
Friday 10am – 9pm
Saturday 9am – 8pm
Sunday 10am – 6pm 

Though I am not part of the Writers’ Track, the Ladies of Trade Town anthology authors will have several events on Saturday in which I will be participating which will be:

2:30pm – 3:30pm: “Meet The Ladies & Gentlemen of Trade Town” with Elizabeth Moon, Merlyn Finn, Jim Reader, Gloria Oliver, Rebecca McFarland Kyle, Brandie Tarvin, Melanie Fletcher, and Melinda LaFevers. The first of the Book Launch activities, wherein we’ll introduce the contributors in attendance and talk a bit about how the anthology came to be.

4:00pm – 5:00pm: “Trade Town Mass Autographing”. The first — and probably best — chance for con attendees to get a copy of the anthology signed by more than half of the contributors to the volume.

7:00pm – 11:00pm: “The Ladies of Trade Town Launch Party”. Thanks to the folks at A-Kon, the anthology gets a gala evening kick-off, open to all attendees of the convention. Drop by, wish us luck, meet the authors, editor, and cover artist, get copies and autographs, and party!

Hope to see you all there! 🙂


Picture Kaleidoscope 6/8/11 – The SoonerCon Edition

sOh yeah. Con last weekend. Which means I am chuck full of pics to share. Strap yourselves in for a ride! (Hey, I didn’t take the real camera, so it won’t be THAT bad. Heh heh)

This was the unescapable breakfast of DOOM. Had been having a craving as I’d been seeing the bloody things everywhere. So being at the airport super early gave me no excuse not to indulge. Even after they weren’t ready and I had to wait. (*shifty*)
Good thing though, because this helped keep me alert and from gnawing my arm off after we reached Oklahoma City and found out the airport was in the middle of a bomb scare. I did a quick (ipad – oh my the spelling issues!) write up that night you can read here.

Nifty art stuff outside of the OKC airport. Loved the glass pyramids.

The Doctor taking his leisure at the con. Taking a break from all that Time Traveling. 🙂

Theme of SoonerCon was Heroes and Villains. As Toastmaster, Selina Rosen took her role very seriously. In this photo you can see her Fat Ninja Persona disguise. Yes, those are Batman symbols on the short. *giggle*

The SoonerCon ConCom! Those to be thanked for setting up all the fun! Thanks ya’ll – was a blast!!

Selina doing her Toastmaster bit as she regales us with tales of her Fat Ninja daring do! (The gentleman who’s head I will keep photographing was also stuck at the airport and had to stay longer in his plane – ugh – Aaron Allston.)

A very bad picture of Mr. Tim Powers, the Guest of Honor. Got lucky and ended up on a panel with him on God, Faith, and Fantasy.

A not quite as bad picture of Darrell K Sweet, the Artist Guest of Honor. Got lucky enough that some Yard Doggies yanked me to eat dinner on Friday and then they yanked Darrell over to join us. Was a blast!

Jeffrey Turner and his super helper, Mary, starting to gear up to film a short for BOTA – Bubbas of the Apocalypse for Yard Dog Press. The Sheraton had a closed up mall area we got to use and it was also the site of the ConSuite and Green Room. (I was helping out as PA/Running Camera person – for Zombies!)

Just watch Mary concentrate. She was so cute!

Traci in her “acting” outfit. She did awesome.

Another look at the huge space Jeff was going to do all this in. Had to go to the opposite corner as the light plugs on this side did not work.

Props and more!

Setting up a scene. Traci will be seeing Yumbies (Yuppie Zombies) walking out in the street and try to alert the others there could be trouble.

Camera set up for scene as Traci practices.

El Director!

Scientist (Frank Summers) with a Clue and the Queen of the Flamingoes, waiting for their turn at movie magic!

Sherri Dean and Zombies! We were able to abscond with most of the Zombies from SoonerCon’s Zombie walk to help out on part of the film. Great costumes!

The stage and those waiting as lighting is changed.

The indominable Sherri Dean! She does some mean gum chewing!

Bill Allen in costume or is he? I missed his part but he and I got to giggle a lot watching the others go at it.

There was music all over SoonerCon. Group set up in front of the Dealer’s Room and also had several for lunch in the ConSuite. Quite nice!

Ryan the Zombie leader. He set up the Zombie Walk. Had really a kick ass costume. Wish the phone had done better on this one. Waaahhhh

Ms Tiddywump.  Oh yeah. She’s hilarious. Need a profile picture next time to you can see how much more of her there is. Her telling of Jack and the Bean Stalk is hilarious! (Laura Underwood in disguise!)

The BORG! You shall be assimilated.

Resistance is futile!

Ah but then the Jedi’s came! Woot!

And they were ready to boogie!

Yes, that’s exactly what you think it looks like. Cracked me up. (Next to him is a Steampunk Leia Organa)

Han Solo ala Steampunk. So he has a blaster, you see. Heh

This cracked me up! An undead Scrat!

OKC’s Jedi contingent peeps.

And last but not least, a cool sculpture at the airport.  Heh heh.
Until next time!