ConCarolinas 2014 Potpourri and Photo Gallery

View frommy hotel room window, 5-31-14

View from my hotel room window, 5-31-14

Here’s a potpourri of images and information (in no particular order) gathered at ConCarolinas 2014, an informative and enjoyable event for fans, artists, costumers, and writers of science fiction, fantasy, speculative fiction, steampunk, horror, alternate history and more, held May 30 through June 1 at the University Hilton in Charlotte, NC.

Editors and Agents Panel with Emily Lavin Leverett, Gray Rinehart, Edmund R. Schubert, Faith Hunter and Sharon Stogner, 6-1-14

The Editors and Agents Panel with Emily Lavin Leverett, Gray Rinehart, Edmund R. Schubert, Faith Hunter and Sharon Stogner, 6-1-14

The Finishing Touch Panel with Allegriana, Daphne Reeder, Brian Holloway, Mikki Smith and Doc Geressy, 6-1-14

The Finishing Touch Panel with Allegriana, Daphne Reeder, Brian Holloway, Mikki Smith and Doc Geressy, 6-1-14

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Writing Tips:

  • If one of your good characters dies, she/he must have a good death; that is, the character must die saving someone, completing a vital mission, or otherwise achieving something beneficial. [David Weber, Killing Characters Panel]
147 - Panel - Writing Yourself Out Of a Corner with A. J. Hartley & David B. Cole(D. B. Jackson), 6-1-14

A. J. Hartley and David B. Cole(D. B. Jackson) on the Writing Yourself Out Of a Corner Panel, 6-1-14

Stuart Jaffee and J. F. Lewis on the Creating Alien Societies Panel, 5-31-14

Stuart Jaffee and J. F. Lewis on the Creating Alien Societies Panel, 5-31-14

James Maxey and Paula S. Jordan on the Transhumanism Panel, 5-31-14

James Maxey and Paula S. Jordan on the Transhumanism Panel, 5-31-14

  • Remember that villains also have friends and family, people who care about their deaths. [Allen Wold, Killing Characters Panel]
  • A villain’s death must have consequences. [John G. Harkness, Killing Characters Panel]
Spanish Moss and Magic Spells Panel with Misty Massey, Susan H. Roddey, Alexandra Christian, Tally Johnson, Marcia Colette, Gail Martin, John G. Hartness and C. L. Wilson, 5-31-14

The Spanish Moss and Magic Spells Panel with Misty Massey, Susan H. Roddey, Alexandra Christian, Tally Johnson, Marcia Colette, Gail Martin, John G. Hartness and C. L. Wilson, 5-31-14

Warfare and the Military Panel with Chris A. Jackson, Janine K. Spendlove, Gray Rinehart, Edward McKeown and David Weber, 5-31-14

The Warfare and the Military Panel with Chris A. Jackson, Janine K. Spendlove, Gray Rinehart, Edward McKeown and David Weber, 5-31-14

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  •  Writers should not to go overboard in giving details of the setting and the alien or future society because 90% of the writing is done by the reader’s mentally filling in the details. [Stuart Jaffe, Creating Alien Societies Panel]
  • Writers creating alien societies need to remember that aliens would have the same basic needs we do. [Allen Wold, Creating Alien Societies Panel]
Jim Bernheimer and Joe Naff on the Writing Hardcore Characters Panel, 5-30-14

Jim Bernheimer and Joe Naff on the Writing Hardcore Characters Panel, 5-30-14

Media Guest of Honor Anthony Montgomery in the Dealers' Room, 5-31-14

Media Guest of Honor Anthony Montgomery in the Dealers’ Room, 5-31-14

David Weber discussing his series, 5-31-14

Author Special Guest David Weber discussing his series, 5-31-14

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • When creating an alien society and culture, answer all the “why” questions that readers might raise. [J. F. Lewis, Creating Alien Societies Panel]
  • Writers should choreograph all fights and battle scenes to make sure that the movements make sense. [Chris A. Jackson, Warfare and the Military Panel]
The Creating Alien Societies Panel with Stephen L. Antczak, Paula Jordan, Stuart Jeffe, J. F. Lewis, Allen Wold and Davey Beauchamp, 5-31-14

The Creating Alien Societies Panel with Stephen L. Antczak, Paula Jordan, Stuart Jeffe, J. F. Lewis, Allen Wold and Davey Beauchamp, 5-31-14

The Killing Characters Panel with Allen Wold, A. J. Hartley, John G. Hartness, David Weber, Tamsin L. Silver andf David B. Coe (D. B. Jackson),6-1-14

The Killing Characters Panel with Allen Wold, A. J. Hartley, John G. Hartness, David Weber, Tamsin L. Silver and David B. Coe (D. B. Jackson), 6-1-14

  • The environment puts limits on battle; so do the availability of food, water, ammunition, and other supplies. [Warfare and the Military Panel]
  • An assymetrical battle — one in which one side has a vast advantage in superior technology — can be won by the weaker side. [Warfare and the Military Panel]
23 - George R. R. Martin, 5-30-14

Author Guest of Honor George R. R. Martin, 5-30-14

Allen Wold, moderator of The Art of the Anti-Hero Panel, 5-31-14

Allen Wold, moderator of The Art of the Anti-Hero Panel, 5-31-14

David Weber signing books in the Dealers' Room, 5-31-14

David Weber signing books in the Dealers’ Room, 5-31-14

  • Characters who kill and are not affected by it have already been destroyed. [David Weber, Killing Characters Panel]
  • Newly published authors and those who are not yet published can get started in blogging by doing guest posts on other authors’ blogs. [Blogging and Social Media Panel]
The Year in Science Panel with Paula S. Jordan, Micki Knop, James Maxey, Jim Craig, Ben Davis and Stephen Euin Cobb, 5-30-14

The Year in Science Panel with Paula S. Jordan, Micki Knop, James Maxey, Jim Craig, Ben Davis and Stephen Euin Cobb, 5-30-14

Space Exploration - 5 Year Mission Panel with James Maxey, Ben Davis, Stephen Euin Cobb, Paula S. Jordan and Jim Craig, 5-31-14

Space Exploration – 5 Year Mission Panel with James Maxey, Ben Davis, Stephen Euin Cobb, Paula S. Jordan and Jim Craig, 5-31-14

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Miscellany:

  • Pi Day is March 14 (3-14) — next year’s Pi Day will be extra special — and Danny Birt has written an anthem for it.
  • David Weber stated that over the years he’s tried to remain a good story teller as he strives to become a better writer.
06 - Danny Birt Filk Concert, 5-30-14

Danny Birt Filk Concert, 5-30-14

Jonah Knight Filk Concert, 5-30-14

Jonah Knight Filk Concert, 5-30-14

Filking the Night Away, 5-31-14

Filking the Night Away, 5-31-14

 

 

  •  A good costume can be ruined by an overlooked detail, such as wearing sneakers with an elf costume. [The Finishing Touch Panel]
  • Transhumanism refers to an international philosophy regarding enhancing humans up to the point where we are no longer human. [Transhumanism Panel.]
Michael G. Williams and Claudette Marco on the Writing Hardcore Characters Panel, 5-30-14

Michael G. Williams and Claudette Marco on the Writing Hardcore Characters Panel, 5-30-14

The Silent Sisters, 5-30-14

The Silent Sisters, 5-30-14

Gray Rinehart Filking the Night Away,  5-31-14

Gray Rinehart Filking the Night Away, 5-31-14

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

James Maxey moderating the Writing Hardcore Characters Panel, 5-30-14

James Maxey, moderator of the Writing Hardcore Characters Panel, 5-30-14

27 - Costumes, 5-30-14

A trio of costumes, 5-30-14

Bill Roper Filking the Night Away, 5-31-14

Bill Roper Filking the Night Away, 5-31-14

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Come join the fun next year, when John Scalzi will be the Author Guest of Honor.

Tamsin L. Silver and David B. Coe (D. B. Jackson) on the Killing Characters Panel, 6-1-14

Tamsin L. Silver and David B. Coe (D. B. Jackson) on the Killing Characters Panel, 6-1-14

John G. Hartness and C. L. Wilson on the Spanish Moss and Magic Spells Panel, 5-31-14

John G. Hartness and C. L. Wilson on the Spanish Moss and Magic Spells Panel, 5-31-14

For more photos and information, see my post ConCarolinas 2014 on the Author Chronicles blog.

 

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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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6 Responses to ConCarolinas 2014 Potpourri and Photo Gallery

  1. Thanks for posting these! I didn’t get many pictures. See you next year!

  2. Sharon says:

    Thanks for posting a pic of me on the Agents and Editors panel. I didn’t have one 🙂

  3. Great posts on both your blog sites. Judy. Nicely done!

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