From an early age, Carolyn Kay’s been steeped in the worlds of fantasy and science fiction. She watched Star Wars at the drive-in and viewed Star Trek (TOS and TNG) religiously with her parents (yes, she’s that old). Legos and Star Wars figures were her favorite toys, and Madeleine L’Engle and Tolkien graced her bookshelves at a young age. So it’s no surprise that she writes stories in a variety of genres, or that her first novel was an Avengers-Star Wars crossover fanfic.
Carolyn melded two of her favorite genres—Steampunk and fantasy—into a series, Galessel’s Tale, set in the world of Ashelon, co-created with her husband, award-winning illustrator Chaz Kemp. She’s also authored several short stories and a sci-fi novelette.
A government drone, she carves out time to write in between the day job, belly dancing, gardening, photography, and herding two very independent felines.
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1:00 PM | Location: Boomer B
If you want to be a productive and happy artist, self-care is a must! If you're not healthy, happy, rested, fed, and hydrated, your work can suffer. Our panel discusses things to do to make self-care a part of your daily routine!
Moderator: Sara Felix
5:00 PM | Location: Boomer A
Making sense of how a magic system works. What are the limits of magic in a fantasy world? How do those boundaries enrich the story?
Moderator: Julia S. Mandala
10:30 PM | Location: Embassy Hotel: Crimson Meeting Room
This is a chance for artists and fans to meet in a relaxed setting to talk all things art! Ask questions, share ideas, and socialize. (Hotel side)
Moderator: Crazy Red Artist
Panelists: Crazy Red Artist, Cal Custard, Brenna Deutchman, EBA Comedy, Hall of Femme, Lyde Van Hoy, Carolyn Kay, Kekkuda, Chaz Kemp, Knightmage, Lollalotus, Madi, Mimic Rae, Moe, Michael Mosley, R Karch Photography, WandererTJ, ET Wardwell, Mel. White, Scott Zrubek
11:00 AM | Location: Sooner A
Writing nonhuman characters can present its own set of challenges. What works well and what is just, no.
Moderator: Steven E. Wedel
7:00 PM | Location: Embassy Hotel: Interior Courtyard - Atrium
Join panelists in the hotel lounge for lively conversation. BYO beverages, please.
Moderator: Rosemary Clement-Moore
Panelists: Rosemary Clement-Moore, Daniel Erickson, Everyday Futurist, Shai Fenwick, Mark Finn, Dara Fogel, PhD, Tyrell Gephardt, Sally Hamilton, Sheila Hartney, Carolyn Kay, Chaz Kemp, vickey malone kennedy, Melinda LaFevers, Julia S. Mandala, A. Lee Martinez, Tracy S. Morris, Michael Mosley, Ethan Nahté, Ted Pennella, Rook Riley, Rie Sheridan Rose, Seth Skorkowsky, Karen Thrower, Mel. White, Craig Wolf
9:00 AM | Location: Embassy Hotel: Interior Courtyard - Fountain
Join panelists in the hotel breakfast area for morning networking and conversation. BYO coffee, please.
Moderator: Mitzi Bartlett
Panelists: Mitzi Bartlett, Matt Cavanaugh, Charles Dane Clark, Cal Custard, Brenna Deutchman, Pete Dixon, Phillip Drayer Duncan, Muriel Fahrion, J.H. Fleming, Dara Fogel, PhD, Tim Frayser, Hall of Femme, Amber Hanneken, James Hollaman, Carolyn Kay, Chaz Kemp, Mike Kennedy, Kimber, Melinda LaFevers, Elizabeth Leggett, Lollalotus, Luna Reign Cosplay, Madi, Dennis McDonald, Mimic Rae, Harold Neal, Pigeon, Alan J Porter, Jeff Provine, R Karch Photography, Rook Riley, Rie Sheridan Rose, Rynaga, Bradley H Sinor, Sue Sinor, WandererTJ, Mel. White, Craig Wolf
10:00 AM | Location: Sooner A
Perhaps Star Wars was always destined for TV. In such an expansive universe of media tie-ins, why not? First The Mandalorian, then, uh, The Book of Boba Fett, then Obi-Wan Kenobi, then Andor. Are the possibilities truly endless, or will we need more feature films to sate our cravings for the onscreen stories from a galaxy far, far away?
Moderator: Tracy S. Morris
Noon | Location: Sooner B
According to the 2022 World Economic Forum's Global Risks Report, climate change is THE greatest global threat today. Speculative fiction is uniquely suited to explore these issues. From the wry satirical allegory of Don't Look Up, to Solarpunk futures, to biodiversity and ecosystem loss, natural disasters, survivalism, and what hope the future holds, how can we explore climate change in our specific media?
Moderator: Tyrell Gephardt