Last year I jumped on the chance to participate in QuaraCon, a pandemic-driven virtual fantasy convention that was the brainchild of author Virginia McClain, and I loved every moment of it. Despite being a very shy, mostly introverted person in most social situations, I do love the stage! I was a drama club kid when I was young, and since then I’ll grab any chance I can get to be the center of attention—so long as there’s a script, or at least a set of talking points. You see, I am terrified of having to go into a party cold and talk to people, because I’m always worried about either being bored or being boring. But give me an outline of what to say, and some expectation of what others will talk about, and I’m in my element!
Therefore I was ever so pleased when Virginia sent out the call for volunteers to help her produce another QuaranCon. We’re all pretty bummed that we’re all still more or less stuck at home and there’s a need for another QuaranCon, yet we’ve had so much fun planning the panels and contests this year. Plus, I get another chance to step into the spotlight, even if it’s only a on very small Zoom screen.
My QuaranCon Schedule
|Tropes: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly|
Panelists: Anna Smith Spark, Antoine Bandele, Amanda Cherry, Megan Haskell
Moderator: A.M. Justice (that’s me!)
|April 8, 3:15–4:15 pm|
|Fantasy vs Science Fiction: Subgenre Definitions|
Panelists: Madeline Dyer, Darran M Handshaw, Joyce Hertzoff, Cavan Scott, Alexander Darwin
Moderator: A.M. Justice
|April 9, 3:00–4:00 pm|
|A Reading from the Woern Saga|
|April 11, 4:00–4:30 pm|
|QuaranCon Awards Announcements|
P.S. Livingstone and A.M. Justice
Special Guest: A Goat!
|April 12, 1:30–2:30 pm|
|Food in Fantasy|
Panelists: Angela Boord, Intisar Khanani, Krystle Matar, Travis M. Riddle, K.S. Villoso
Moderator: A.M. Justice
|April 12, 5:00–6:00 pm|
I mean, look at that line-up! There are some real heavy hitters in there, and those panels are some of my favorite SFF topics! I can hardly wait to talk to dig in there!
What’s Up with the Goat?
On Monday, P.S. Livingston and I will be announcing the winners of the Short Story and Best of the Worst First Lines Competitions. For the Short Story Competition, we’ll read the winning story out of our field of speculative fiction entries. The Best of the Worst First Lines contest is our own version of the annual Bulwer-Lytton competition. The winning entry will be eaten by a goat from Cronkshaw Fold Farm. Out of the entire con schedule, I may be most crazy excited about that!
The Rest of QuaranCon
Virginia and her minions have worked very hard planning 5 full days of entertainment for you.
And one last thing: a lot of the QuaranCon participants have put their books on sale for 99c for the duration of the Con, including me!