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The Life of a Convention Volunteer | A Note from the Director

The Life of a Convention Volunteer | A Note from the Director

Well, I survived ICON 40. I was more involved this year than I was last year. Last year, I was the Social Media coordinator getting ICON on Twitter, scheduling regular social media pushes and I used my extremely novice design skills to create posters, web images and bookmarks. I was also the guest liaison for artist Megan Lara. This year I did all of that, was a guest liaison for author and friend, Jim C. Hines, and got roped into programming at the last possible minute. I knew nothing about programming. All I knew was that you could not have a convention without Opening Ceremonies, some stuff in between and Closing Ceremonies. I worked with a few other volunteers to organize close to 200 different sessions. Then, since I’m a writer, I was tasked with panel descriptions. They turned out extremely cheesy and are tinged with my odd sense of humor. All Things Outlander If you dream about being whisked away to Scotland circa 1743, you should join your fellow Sassenachs for this discussion about all things Outlander. British Invasion Sherlock, Orphan Black, Doctor Who, Downton Abbey, Red Dwarf…the U.S. is importing and indulging in British television to the extreme. […]

10 Comments | Join in on the Conversation | Posted on October 28, 2015
Can I Use That? | Blogging Tips & Tricks—Image Use on Blogs

Can I Use That? | Blogging Tips & Tricks—Image Use on Blogs

This weekend’s posts are brought to you courtesy of ICON 40. I will be a panelist or moderator on several panels throughout the weekend. A couple of those panels are related to blogging and I wanted to create a quick reference post for others to use after the event. ICON, a Mindbridge Foundation Project, is Iowa’s longest-running, fan organized science fiction and fantasy convention. Each convention features authors, artists, panels and workshops, parties, an art show, dealers room and more! ICON 40 is being hosted at the DoubleTree Hotel and Convention Center in downtown Cedar Rapids, Iowa. This year’s guest of honor include David Gerrold, Sarah Clemens, Ann Leckie, Kalli McCandless and Jim C. Hines. Can I Use That? | Blogging Tips & Tricks Panelists: Rachel Eliason, Michael Koogler, A.R. Miller, Terri M. LeBlanc Panel Description: Learn how to go about finding and using images for your website, blog, or book cover. Things to be aware of when using photos from the web Copyrighted vs. Copyright free vs. Royalty free vs. Public Domain When in doubt don’t use it, or ask legal advice. Some photographers will allow you to use their art if you ask, the conditions will vary, such […]

4 Comments | Join in on the Conversation | Posted on October 17, 2015
Blogging Resources | Blogging Tips & Tricks

Blogging Resources | Blogging Tips & Tricks

This weekend’s posts are brought to you courtesy of ICON 40. I will be a panelist or moderator on several panels throughout the weekend. A couple of those panels are related to blogging and I wanted to create a quick reference post for others to use after the event. ICON, a Mindbridge Foundation Project, is Iowa’s longest-running, fan organized science fiction and fantasy convention. Each convention features authors, artists, panels and workshops, parties, an art show, dealers room and more! ICON 40 is being hosted at the DoubleTree Hotel and Convention Center in downtown Cedar Rapids, Iowa. This year’s guest of honor include David Gerrold, Sarah Clemens, Ann Leckie, Kalli McCandless and Jim C. Hines. Blogging Resources | Blogging Tips & Tricks Panelists: Terri M. and Jim C. Hines Panel Description: An roundtable discussion about blogging; will cover a wide array of topics regarding blogging, networking and social media. What Platform to Use Indie-Visible did an excellent series on the major blogging platforms earlier this year. They covered Wix, Weebly, self-hosted platforms, Blogger/Blogspot and WordPress.com. I highly recommend checking out those posts. Cool Blogger Tutorials I Found When I started blogging, I started out over on Blogger/Blogspot. It was free […]

2 Comments | Join in on the Conversation | Posted on October 17, 2015
All Things Outlander | My Fandoms

All Things Outlander | My Fandoms

This weekend’s posts are brought to you courtesy of ICON 40. I will be a panelist or moderator on several panels throughout the weekend. A couple of those panels are related to blogging or fandoms and I wanted to create a quick reference post for others to use after the event. ICON, a Mindbridge Foundation Project, is Iowa’s longest-running, fan organized science fiction and fantasy convention. Each convention features authors, artists, panels and workshops, parties, an art show, dealers room and more! ICON 40 is being hosted at the DoubleTree Hotel and Convention Center in downtown Cedar Rapids, Iowa. This year’s guest of honor include David Gerrold, Sarah Clemens, Ann Leckie, Kalli McCandless and Jim C. Hines. All Things Outlander | My Fandoms Panelists: Amanda Alexander, Tara Tolly, Terri M. Panel Description: If you dream about being whisked away to Scotland circa 1743, you should join your fellow Sassenachs for this discussion about all things Outlander. The Times I’ve Posted about Outlander on Second Run Reviews Book Review: Outlander by Diana Gabaldon—Outlander is a book that is near and dear to my heart. It is responsible for kicking off my adult reading life thanks to a suggestion from a co-worker […]

4 Comments | Join in on the Conversation | Posted on October 16, 2015