Mysticon 2014 Photo Gallery

Panel: Losing Humanity to Artificial Intelligence with Tom Kratman, Sunny Moraine, Peter Prellwitz, and  Randy Richards, Feb 21

Panel: Losing Humanity to Artificial Intelligence with Tom Kratman, Sunny Moraine, Peter Prellwitz, and Randy Richards, Feb 21

Panel: Tooting Your Own Horn with Gail Z. Martin, Michael A. Ventrella, Gray Rinehart, Tally Johnson, and Michael Pederson, Feb 23

Panel: Tooting Your Own Horn with Gail Z. Martin, Michael A. Ventrella, Gray Rinehart, Tally Johnson, and Michael Pederson, Feb 23

Mysticon 2014 was held from Friday, February 21 through Sunday, February 23.

Panel: Tooting Your Own Horn with Gail Z. Martin, Michael A. Ventrella, Gray Rinehart, Tally Johnson, and Michael Pederson, Feb 23

 Panel: Quit Using Logic to Destroy my Great Story with Travis Surber, Bill Rockwell, Cassidy Cornblatt, Emmy Jackson & KT Pinto, Feb 23

Panel: LOL -- Writing Humorous Speculative Fiction with Andrew Luckett, Travis Surber, Alexandra Christian, KT Pinto, and Patrick Thomas, Feb 22

Panel: LOL — Writing Humorous Speculative Fiction with Andrew Luckett, Travis Surber, Alexandra Christian, KT Pinto, and Patrick Thomas, Feb 22

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

An extra special event, the wedding of Charles and Emily, took place at the end of Opening Ceremonies. I really enjoyed being one of the wedding guests, and I wish the newlyweds all the best.

After opening ceremonies, awaiting the bride, Feb 21

After opening ceremonies, awaiting the bride, Feb 21

The bride walks down the aisle, Feb 21

The bride walks down the aisle, Feb 21

The first kiss as husband and wife, Feb 21

The first kiss as husband and wife, Feb 21

I was in awe of the impressive dragon cake in the Hospitality Suite, which measured four feet by two feet and weighed 130 pounds. It must’ve taken hours and hours to make.

The Dragon Cake, Feb 21

The Dragon Cake, Feb 21

Police officer of the future guards the lobby, Feb 22

Police officer of the future guards the lobby, Feb 22

Even master wizards have wand problems, Feb 22

Even master wizards have wand problems, Feb 22

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A number of attendees wore colorful, elaborate costumes.

Panel: Social World Building with Leona Wisoker, Peter Prellwitz, Allen Wold, and Kenneth Hite, Feb 23

Panel: Social World Building with Leona Wisoker, Peter Prellwitz, Allen Wold, and Kenneth Hite, Feb 23

Panel: The Evolution of YA Literature with Tiffany Trent, Angie Smibert, Michael M. Jones, and Stuart Jaffe, Feb 21

Panel: The Evolution of YA Literature with Tiffany Trent, Angie Smibert, Michael M. Jones, and Stuart Jaffe, Feb 21

 

Two of the guests not only write fiction but also write songs, play guitar, and sing — very talented folk.

Koffee Klatch with Gray Rinehart, Feb 22

Koffee Klatch with Gray Rinehart, Feb 22

Multi-Media Hour with Danny Birt, and helper Paula Jordan, Feb 22

Multi-Media Hour with Danny Birt, and helper Paula Jordan, Feb 22

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The convention hosted several live podcasts and showed a series of Indie films.

Randy Richards and Cassidy Cornblatt in the Dragons through the Ages panel, Feb 22

Randy Richards and Cassidy Cornblatt in the Dragons through the Ages panel, Feb 22

Baen live podcast: Tony Daniel, Laura Haywood-Cory, and Gray Rinehart interview author Tom Kratman, Feb 22

Baen live podcast: Tony Daniel, Laura Haywood-Cory, and Gray Rinehart interview author Tom Kratman, Feb 22

 

Guest panelists discussed a variety of topics related to science fiction, fantasy, alternate history, horror, paranormal, art, and media; all the panels I attended were informal and friendly, informative, and often enlivened with humor.

Koffee Klatch with Todd McCaffrey, Feb 22

Koffee Klatch with Todd McCaffrey, Feb 22

Panel: Spooky Tales - Writing Ghost Stories with Alexandra Christian, Tally Johnson, and KT Pinto, Feb 21

Panel: Spooky Tales – Writing Ghost Stories with Alexandra Christian, Tally Johnson, and KT Pinto, Feb 21

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I enjoyed the author readings, or Koffee Klatches. The audiences were small, which was a shame, for the authors were excellent readers and the selections from their stories left us wanting more. On the other hand, if a lot of people attended, the atmosphere would no longer be such fun and cozy events.

Koffee Klatch with Gail Z. Martin, Feb 22

Koffee Klatch with Gail Z. Martin, Feb 22

Koffee Klatch with Stuart Jaffee, Feb 22

Koffee Klatch with Stuart Jaffee, Feb 22

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The convention was sold out before it started this year, and attendees filled three hotels.

Panel: Social World Building with Leona Wisoker, Peter Prellwitz, Allen Wold, and Kenneth Hite, Feb 23

Panel: Social World Building with Leona Wisoker, Peter Prellwitz, Allen Wold, and Kenneth Hite, Feb 23

Multi-Media Hour with Danny Birt, Feb 22

Multi-Media Hour with Danny Birt, Feb 22

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One event I didn’t get to participate in was an evening trip to see the famous, lighted Roanoke star that overlooks the city from a mountaintop. The weather, unlike usual February weather, was warm and perfect for the outing.

Panel: Spooky Tales - Writing Ghost Stories with Alexandra Christian, Tally Johnson, and KT Pinto, Feb 21

Panel: Spooky Tales – Writing Ghost Stories with Alexandra Christian, Tally Johnson, and KT Pinto, Feb 21

Koffee Klatch with Gray Rinehart, Feb 22

Koffee Klatch with Gray Rinehart, Feb 22

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The convention staff and hotel staff at the Holiday Inn Tanglewood were friendly and eager to help anyone who had a question or problem.

Baen live podcast - Tony Daniel, Laura Haywood-Cory & Gray Rinehart interview author Tom Kratman, Feb 22

Baen live podcast – Tony Daniel, Laura Haywood-Cory & Gray Rinehart interview author Tom Kratman, Feb 22

98 - Costumes extraordiinaire, Feb 23

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Music, dance, costumes, gaming, wrestling, self-defense, art instruction, magic — a science fiction convention has a lot to offer anyone who attends. Maybe next year I’ll see you at Mysticon. If you see me, please say “hello.”

Panel: Dragons through the Ages with Steven S. Long, Todd McCaffrey, Alexandra Christian, and Randy Richards, Feb 22

Panel: Dragons through the Ages with Steven S. Long, Todd McCaffrey, Alexandra Christian, and Randy Richards, Feb 22

Filk Performance with Danny Birt, Feb 23

Filk Performance with Danny Birt, Feb 23

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more information and photos check out my Author Chronicles post Mysticon 2014.

 

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About J. Thomas Ross

Since retiring from a career as a high school English and history teacher, I've been pursuing a career as a writer. My main interest is in writing novels, but I've also written short stories and poetry and done a little editing on the side. I am currently working on a Young Adult novel. One of my poems - "Winter" - won an award at the 2010 Philadelphia Writers Conference, and you can find my fantasy short story "A Rock Is a Rock Is a Rock ... Or Is It?" in the anthology Tales of Fortannis: A Bard's Eye View, which is available in print and Kindle format from Amazon and as an e-book from Double Dragon Press.
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