The #RustCity16 Schedule…It Lives!!!

The schedule for the first Rust City Book Con is finally done…at least I’m praying like hell that it stays done. *grin*

The authors have their panels. The moderators have their assignments. No one will have to learn how to clone themselves and the rooms haven’t been double booked. Everything has been checked and double checked.

So unless lightening is going to strike to prove me wrong, the schedule, in all it’s glory, can be seen here. There is a PDF version available here for those who would like that.

The aim of Rust City is to be a casual convention while introducing readers to new authors as well as the chance to interact with current favorites. I know many readers tend to stick with their preferred genres, and there’s nothing wrong with that; but you never know what you’ll find, what you’ll like, until you take a chance. So I’m hoping everyone will take a stab at trying a few panels they might not normally go to, and ultimately find someone new to read. 

A few panels still need a better description, so a few changes will occur; but nothing major. This is it; and now it’s time for me to finalize an idea I have for a party that is not on the schedule yet.

Here is the #RustCity16 Schedule:

Thursday, August 11, 2016

5pm – 8pm: Check-in / Welcome Bag Pickup (resumes 9:00am Fri and Sat)
8pm – 12am: BarCon – Social Hour in the Bar

Friday, August 12, 2016

8:00 am – 9:15 am: WRITER ROUND TABLE DISCUSSION (D2)
Moderator: Michael Lucas
Discussion on the complexities involved with self publishing and ways to attract readers.

9:30 am – 10:30 am

  • A DIVERSE WORLD (D2)
    Jon David, Elizabeth Harmon, Jordin Mack, Heather Novak
    Steampunk is often set in Victorian London; Urban Fantasy is often set in the middle of a large city; Romance is often set in a picturesque town. What is it about these locales that have made them so common? Why haven’t we seen seen settings in different cultures or areas? Where would we love to see a story take place? Where should genre fiction explore next?
  • EVERY VOICE MATTERS (D3)
    Leigh Bailey, Linda Bradley, Elizabeth Heiter, Aliza Mann, Suzanne Sabol
    Every story has their own unique characters, from the hero to the insignificant, and their voices are just as integral to the plot as their actions.  A character’s point of view can be critical to the story.
  • NAMING RITUALS (D4)
    Sylvia Hubbard, Tara Eldana, Kristina Knight, Teri Anne Stanley, Alexandria Sure
    Authors discuss fun/interesting anecdotes about what led to pen names, character names, story and series title choices.

10:45 am – 11:45 am

  • REALISTIC WORLDBUILDING (D2)
    Elizabeth Harmon, Nancy Holzner, Robin Nadler, Mervyn R. Seivwright, Cali Usher
    What are the benefits and consequences of having a story told in a real location, someplace a reader knows, vs creating a new world that needs to be explored?
  • SOCIALLY MAD TEA PARTY (D3)
    Colleen Gleason, Stacy McKitrick, AJ Norris, Cindy Spencer Pape, Teri Anne Stanley
    Take turns with name generators, house sorting, would you rather, and other social media memes. Silliness guaranteed!
  • WHY ROMANCE? (D4)
    Lorelie Brown, Lita Lawson, Jordin Mack, MK Schiller, Gina Sterling
    Why should the love story take center stage? Can a hero & heroine simply be friends and leave the romance out of it?

11:45 am – 1:30 pm: Lunch (Grand Ballroom Salons ABC)

1:45 pm – 2:45 pm

  • THE SUSPENSE IS KILLING US! (D2)
    Lorelie Brown, Elizabeth Heiter, Donald Levin, Michael Lucas, Duane Wurst
    Suspense stories tend to take the lead on the emotional roller coaster, but we love it. What is it about thrillers that draws us in? What genres has it been crossing into well? Is it important to keep the suspense at a certain level?
  • HISTORICAL ACCURACIES & INACCURACIES (D3)
    Rue Allyn, Gina Conkle, Donna MacMeans, Cindy Spencer Pape
    Costuming, proper English, etc
  • WORLD BUILDING 101 (D4)
    Laura Bickle, Linda Bradley, Tara Eldana, Colleen Gleason, Sage Spelling
    What is considered a necessity when building a world – whether in a fantasy or contemporary setting?

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

  • RECYCLED SETTINGS (D2)
    Dennis Collins, Gina Conkle, Nancy Holzner, Sylvia Hubbard, Shiloh Walker
    Vampires, werewolves, and fairies, oh my! Why does so much urban fantasy constantly recycle western real world myths rather than dig deeper, or god forbid, invent its own?
  • VILLAIN LOVE (D3)
    C.K. Brooke, Roselynn Cannes, Seleste DeLaney, Aliza Mann, Sage Spelling
    Bad guys we love to hate…what makes them so interesting? Does every villain need to be redeemable in order to love him?
  • WHO’S YOUR HERO (D4)
    Elizabeth Harmon, Vanessa M. Knight, Donna MacMeans, Stacy McKitrick, MK Schiller
    There are all types of heros – alpha, beta, redeemable, unexpected – what are the characteristics of each and why do they appeal so much?

4:00 pm – 5:30 pm: Dinner (on your own)

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

  • GENRE SOUL (D2)
    Rue Allyn, J. Leigh Bailey, Seleste DeLaney, Roni Hall, Donald Levin
    Whether it’s science fiction, romance, or contemporary, all fiction contain elements that are considered sacred to their genre. Which elements do we consider a MUST in a particular genre? Which elements have been abandoned?
  • SUPERNATURAL HUMAN (D3)
    Sara Dobie Bauer, Laura Bickle, Jon David, Michael Lucas, Cali Usher
    Fantasy and Science Fiction is full of vampires, magic, aliens, superheroes, and other creatures, and while we love them, it is their interactions with humans that fascinate us. How important is the human factor in supernatural stories and would there be a draw without them?
  • FOREVER & EVER (D4)
    C.K. Brooke, Kristina Knight, Robin Nadler, MK Schiller, Gina Sterling
    What are ways of keeping a series fresh and interesting when there is no real end in sight? Should a series have its’ HEA? Can a series be revived long after they’ve been gone?

7:30 pm: Meet & Greet Prep

8:00 pm – 9:00 pm

  • GET A CLUE… (D2)
    Mixer with Mystery/Horror/Suspense authors Dennis Collins, Donald Levin, Elizabeth Heiter, Robin Nadler, Roni Hall, Suzanne Sabol, and Teri Anne Stanley
  • ROMANCING TIME (D3)
    Mixer with Romance authors Rue Allyn, Linda Bradley, Gina Conkle, Donna MacMeans, Cindy Spencer Pape, Marie Piper, Mervyn R. Seivwright
  • GOTHIC CARNIVAL (D4)
    Mixer with Paranormal Romance authors Sara Dobie Bauer, Seleste DeLaney, Tara Eldana, Colleen Gleason,Stacy McKitrick, AJ Norris, and Cali Usher

Saturday, August 13, 2016

8:00 am – 9:15 am: WRITER ROUND TABLE DISCUSSION (D2)
Moderator: Sara Dobie Bauer
Manuscript Prep & the 2nd Draft

9:30 am – 10:30 am

  • CROSSING GENRES / GENRE MASHING (D2)
    Laura Bickle, Roselynn Cannes, Vanessa M. Knight, Robin Nadler
    Where are the lines between genres? What is it about stories that blend elements from various genres into one story that has us wanting more? Who has been doing it well and what do we want more of? How have trends & tropes influenced genres they crossed over into?
  • HISTORICAL SURPRISES (D3)
    Dawn Brower, Gina Conkle, Marie Piper, Duane Wurst
    Period research can often unearth surprises and lend themselves to quirky or new plots. Discussion on surprising historical happenings and how they can influence the story.
  • ROMANCE VS EROTICA VS PORN (D4)
    Seleste DeLaney, Tara Eldana, Colleen Gleason, Marianne Wieland
    Whether you want sweet or erotic, there is a wide range of romance available. Many will lump all romance together, but there is a difference. Discussion on the different subgenres of romance.

10:45 am – 11:45 am

  • IMPROV FLASH FICTION (D2)
    Nancy Holzner, Lita Lawson, Heather Novak, Marianne Wieland, Duane Wurst
    Fast paced and quick witted, authors create stories in real time, “round robin” style, using prompts from the audience.
  • TWISTED FAIRY TALES (D3)
    Leigh Bailey, Roselynn Cannes, Cali Usher, Shiloh Walker
    Legends and fairy tales have been getting twisted into modern day versions. Villains become heroes, heroes become villains, and oz becomes corporate america. Which stories have been cleverly adapted? Which stories need to be twisted?
  • DEATH IS EASY, COMEDY IS HARD (D4)
    Sara Dobie Bauer, C.K. Brooke, Vanessa M. Knight, Donna MacMeans
    Where is the comedic relief? Too often stories tend to go down the darker path of a high body count instead of the lighter side of things. Why is it hard to find stories that focus on the comedic side vs angst? What genres seem to embrace comedy? Where would we like to see it more?

11:45 am – 1:30 pm: Lunch (Grand Ballroom Salon E)
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm: Book Signing Prep (Grand Ballroom)
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm: Charity Book Signing – Open to the Public (Grand Ballroom)
4:00 pm – 5:30 pm: Dinner (on your own)

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm:

  • TO KILL, OR NOT TO KILL (D2)
    Dawn Brower, Dennis Collins, Nancy Holzner, Donald Levin
    Balancing the body count. Authors discuss making the choice between digging a grave, or not. How do these choices affect the characters and the story?
  • ANTHOLOGIES/NOVELLAS/SERIALS (D3)
    Cindy Spencer Pape, Marie Piper, Mervyn R. Seivwright, Sage Spelling
    Short stories can give glimpses into established worlds or give screen time to side characters. What are the pros & cons of short stories and who is doing it right.
  • MAD LIBS (D4)
    Rue Allyn, Stacy McKitrick, AJ Norris, Marianne Wieland
    Enjoy genre fiction and pop culture Mad-libs created by our panelists. Offer up some interesting nouns, adj, verbs and adverbs and be prepared to laugh your head off!

7:30 pm: Meet & Greet Prep

8:00 pm – 9:00 pm

  • FANTASY JEOPARDY (D2)
    Mixer with Fantasy and Urban Fantasy authors Laura Bickle, C.K. Brooke, Roselynn Cannes, Nancy Holzner, Michael Lucas, Aliza Mann, and Shiloh Walker
  • HERO LOVE GAME NIGHT (D3)
    Mixer with Romance authors Lorelie Brown, Elizabeth Harmon, Sylvia Hubbard, Kristina Knight, Sage Spelling, Gina Sterling, and Marianne Wieland
  • YOUNG ADULT / NEW ADULT MEET & GREET (D4)
    J. Leigh Bailey, Vanessa M. Knight, Jordin Mack, Heather Novak, MK Schiller, Alexandria Sure, and Duane Wurst

Sunday, Aug 13, 2016

8:00 am – 9:15 am: WRITER ROUND TABLE DISCUSSION (D2)
Exploring the Social Web
Moderator: Alexandria Sure

9:30 am – 10:30 am

  • BUILD A BETTER CHARACTERS (D2)
    Leigh Bailey, Laura Bickle, Dennis Collins, Roni Hall, Shiloh Walker
    No two writers imagine the same creature. How would yours be different? Flight, magic, personality – how would you create yours?
  • DON’T BE SHY – READER/AUTHOR CONNECTION (D3)
    Lorelie Brown, Jordin Mack, AJ Norris, Mervyn R. Seivwright
  • FORGET ME NOT (D4)
    Sylvia Hubbard, Donna MacMeans, Marie Piper, Suzanne Sabol, Teri Anne Stanley
    We all have a memorable character we love. It doesn’t matter if they are the hero/heroine, supporting cast, or an insignificant one-off chance encounter, there’s just something about them that stays with us long after we leave a story behind. What makes a character memorable? Who are our own favorite characters?

10:45 am – 11:45 am

  • IS THE VAMPIRE GENRE DEAD? (D2)
    Sara Dobie Bauer, Jon David, Aliza Mann, Suzanne Sabol
  • READING BECAUSE IT’S BAD (D3)
    Roselynn Cannes, Roni Hall, Lita Lawson, Michael Lucas, Alexandria Sure
    Negative reviews are often seen as a bad thing, but they can attract readers just as easily as repel them. What makes a negative review bad? How can negative reviews attract new readers? Have you ever read something because a review or fellow reader told you to run away but you ended up loving it?
  • ROMANTIC ENTANGLEMENTS (D4)
    Linda Bradley, Elizabeth Heiter, Kristina Knight, Heather Novak, Gina Sterling
    How important is the romance to a story? Balancing the chemistry with the plot – slow burn vs explosion.

12:00 pm: Informal chat about what worked, what didn’t, and what we can improve on for Rust City 2017.

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