ConDFW 2/16-2/18/18

The final programming for ConDFW 2018 is up!

ConDFW

 

 

 

This year the convention is being held on February 16 to the 18th!

Author Guest of Honor
Charlaine Harris

Artist Guest of Honor
John Picacio

They’ve changed locations this year. The convention is being held at the:

Radisson Hotel Fort Worth Fossil Creek
2540 Meacham Blvd.
Ft Worth, TX 76106

I will be a guest panelist and also be sharing a Dealer’s Room table with Chibi Chains.  Below is my panel schedule.

 

Gloria Oliver

Friday

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Friday, 4 pm: History in a Nutshell: How to Pick Change Points
Panelists: Melanie Fletcher (M), Bradley H. Sinor, Julie Barrett, Gloria Oliver
There are common times in history to pick where it changes – usually just before or during wars.
However, what other important events can be used to change history? How far back do you want to go? Our authors talk about times in history that are ripe for the picking.

PROGRAMMING 2
Friday, 5 pm: Interstellar Archaeology: Part One – Initial Findings
Panelists: Mel White (M), Dusty Rainbolt, Teresa Patterson, Gloria Oliver, Robert W. Pietzsch, K. B. Bogen
Welcome to the 173rd Annual Interstellar Archaeology Symposium! We have mysterious alien artifacts in need of identification and a team of highly-trained egos xenoarchaeologists standing by! Watch the academic fur fly as they compete to give us the correct (or perhaps just the funniest) explanation of
each artifact. Stay tuned for Part 2 on Sunday, when our backup team overturns their findings!

Saturday

PROGRAMMING 2
Saturday, 10 am: Time to Hit the Blender! How to Blend Genres Together
Panelists: Tex Thompson (M), Carole Nelson Douglas, K. B. Bogen, Gloria Oliver, Patricia Burroughs
Some of the neatest stories are created when you take elements of two (or more) genres and use them together. After all, this is how Urban Fantasy was created! So, how does this work? Our authors compare and contrast ways to fit the puzzle pieces together to create something nature never intended.

Sunday

PROGRAMMING 2
Sunday, 2 pm: The Elemental Steampunk: Gadgets and Gizmos
Panelists: Larry Atchley Jr. (M), Julie Barrett, Charlayne Elizabeth Denney, Gloria Oliver
Steampunk is famous for its airships and for its steam-powered gadgets. We’ve looked at airships in the past, so it’s time to look at the gadgets. Our steampunk experts go over typical widgets used in steampunk so you can recognize them at a distance.

PROGRAMMING 2
Sunday, 3 pm: Fantasy Engineering: Building Mordor
Panelists: Tex Thompson (M), Larry Atchley Jr., Teresa Patterson, Gloria Oliver
Ever wonder how Mordor was made? Or Minas Tirith? Pick your epic fantasy of choice, and there will always be towns, castles, buildings with grandeur. Building those places takes engineering: planning rooms where events take place, escape tunnels and even secret hiding places for when the forces of darkness overwhelm you. But how detailed do you need to get? Our authors debate this and other topics.

 

Hope to see you all there! Should be a ton of fun!

ChibiChains – The resurrection!

Going to toot my daughter’s horn today. Like, why not, right?  😛

Anyway, as some of you might already know, Drew creates chainmail jewelry and uses Chibi Chains for her brand name. She does some truly fabulous work, too!

Well her old website just didn’t seem to be robust enough for what she really needed – so now we’ve moved her to wordpress and found an awesome plugin from WP-EasyCart.

So far she’s only got the Bracelet’s section complete – but it’s worth showing off now!  😎

Chibichains Index Page

This is the top front of the store. Has a decent slider showing a few teaser pics. Pretty!

 

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Here’s the current bottom of the index page. There’s probably a category or more to add to the list. Though currently only Bracelets has been finished. (Between the photo taking, setting up each weave, and descriptions and more – it takes a while to get it all together!)

 

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This is how the category page looks. Showing a 3 column setup for all the items in a category. (Sorted by name – though shoppers and change that for their viewing pleasure. )   😉

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This is the Quickview of one of the bracelets. So you get a little more info.

 

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This is the full detail page. Shows you all the lovely options you can pick from. Color 1 and Color 2, there’s a spot to mention you’d like a 3rd color (Like the bracelet in the pic). The length and Ring Size (for the chainmail rings not your finger. Heh heh) and how many you want. Super nice!

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She wanted the store to be as big and wide as possible, so all the extra stuff is in the footers. You can search by name, weave, etc. Find Drew on social media. Sign up for her newsletter so you can always know what’s new. And a login screen. I believe it is even linked to Facebook so you don’t have to create YET another log in.  😈

Anyway, I wanted to share, I you have time, it’d be awesome if you’d stop on by. The store is functional (even if all that’s out there is bracelets)! Chainmail makes for truly unique gifts!

And Valentine’s Day is fast approaching. *hint hint* :mrgreen: