Welcome to Bless Their Hearts Episode One

Episode One Welcome to Bless Their Hearts

We Did It Ooooooour Way!

Hi folks,

Back in 2008, Faith Hunter, David B Coe, C E Murphy and I came together to start a little blog about writing. We called it Magical Words, and we slowly gained followers who were friendly and excited and curious about what we had to say. Over the course of nearly ten years, we’ve seen new friends come and go, we’ve hosted a year of special guests, and attempted to change the format somewhat. Alas, now we’ve come to a decision. It’s time to put the blog to bed.

We’ve been honored to be of help to so many of you. You’ve become friends to us and to each other, and many of you have found successes large and small thanks to your start here. We hope that you’ll all continue to pursue the dream, and share what you’ve learned with those who come along behind you. It was our pleasure to share the time with you.

I want to extend a special thank you to all the writers who joined us, whether for a post or two, or for a season. We were delighted and grateful to host you here.

Faith, David and I will still be available through social media, personal websites and con appearances, but as of December 2017, this site as it exists now will cease to be. Thank you again, everyone. It’s been an amazing experience.

🙂 Misty

Bless Your DragonCon!

It starts tomorrow! Want to see Faith Hunter? Now you can!

Friday, Sept 1
The Logic of Magic
Magic may not be real, but it still has to make a certain kind of sense. What’s involved in developing a magical system for a story, and making it feel internally consistent and believable?
Time: Fri 01:00 pm Location: Embassy EF – Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)
(Faith Hunter, Kathryn Hinds, Elizabeth Moon, Jim Butcher)
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The Overlooked: Under-Represented Heroes & Heroines of the Wild West
The settlers of the Wild West were more than white, male cowboys. They were also women and foreigners from Asia, Africa, Mexico, and the Native Americans who were there originally. Our experts discuss these heroes and heroines of the West that have been overlooked by history and historic fiction.
Time: Fri 02:30 pm Location: Augusta – Sheraton (Length: 1 Hour)
(Margaret S. McGraw, Misty Massey, Tamsin L. Silver, Delilah S. Dawson, Faith Hunter)
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ACE Publisher’s Panel with Anne Sowards
Time: Friday 4pm Location: Regency V in the Hyatt
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Two Sides of the Same Coin? Angels & Demons in Urban Fantasy
Representations of angels and demons vary widely within folklore, religion, and literature. Our panelists will discuss how depictions often focus on their similarities as well as their differences.
Time: Fri 05:30 pm Location: Chastain 1-2 – Westin (Length: 1 Hour)
(Linda Robertson, John G. Hartness, Faith Hunter, Tamsin L. Silver, James A. Hunter, Jennifer St. Giles)
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Magic in the Air
How to build an effective magic system for novel and short story authors. Every system needs rules.
Time: Fri 08:30 pm Location: Embassy CD – Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)
(Faith Hunter, James A. Moore, Nancy Knight, Kim Harrison, Jane Yolen, Patricia Briggs)
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A Midnight Revelry: Celebrating Five Years of the UF Track
Fri 10 PM · Savannah Ballroom, Westin
COME IN COSTUME!

Saturday, Sept 2
DRAGON CON PARADE with Jane, Thorn, Sabina, Nell & Jane in beastform
Time: Saturday 10am Location: http://imgur.com/a/JfRuI (map of parade route)
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Keeping Fiction Fresh
How can a writer attract new readers? Keeping the plots and characters fresh–keeping readers hooked is a challenge. But, the pros know. Let them tell you how.
Time: Sat 01:00 pm Location: Embassy CD – Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)
(Margaret S. McGraw, Faith Hunter, Carole E Barrowman, Patricia Briggs, Peter David)
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Monster Hunter Files
Focus on the upcoming anthology of stories set in the world of Larry Correia’s Monster Hunter International!
Time: Sat 04:00 pm Location: Regency VI-VII – Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)
(Larry Correia, Jim Butcher, Faith Hunter, Jonathan Maberry, Jody Lynn Nye, Kelly Lockhart)
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Pushing the Veil: Fantasy Meets Other Genres
“Fantasy” can mean anything you want to; it can be a means to reflect on history, art, politics, and, yes, even science. Let’s explore where the lines between genres blur.
Time: Sat 05:30 pm Location: Embassy EF – Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)
(Faith Hunter, Todd McCaffrey, Elizabeth Moon)
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Plot vs Character vs Setting: What’s Most Important?
And who does it best. What’s most important in a story, what makes the best story? Is it okay that one is better than the others?
Time: Sat 10:00 pm Location: Embassy AB – Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)
(Chris A. Jackson, Dr. Charles E. Gannon, Steve Saffel, Alex White, Faith Hunter)

Sunday, Sept 3
Autograph Session
Time: Sun 01:00 pm Location: International Hall South 1-3 – Marriott (Length: 1 Hour)
(Patricia Briggs, Faith Hunter, Chloe Neill, Kim Harrison)
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Signing Missing Volume
Time: Sun 3 p.m. Location: America’s Mart Booth # 1400, 1402, 1301, 1303

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Reading: Faith Hunter
Time: Sun 05:30 pm Location: Piedmont – Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)

Monday, Sept 4
Keeping the Peace: Liaison Characters in UF
Whether striving to improve communication and relations between supernatural and human communities, or between different groups within the supernatural world, our panelists’ characters often find themselves in the position of peacemaker.
Time: Mon 11:30 am Location: Chastain 1-2 – Westin (Length: 1 Hour)
(Patricia Briggs, Jim Butcher, Nancy Holzner, Delilah S. Dawson, Kim Harrison, Faith Hunter)

DragonCon always sounds like lies to a sinner.

It’s almost time for the Con! Want to see John Hartness? Here you go!

Friday, Sept 1
Two Sides of the Same Coin? Angels & Demons in Urban Fantasy

Representations of angels and demons vary widely within folklore, religion, and literature. Our panelists will discuss how depictions often focus on their similarities as well as their differences.
Time: Fri 05:30 pm Location: Chastain 1-2 – Westin (Length: 1 Hour)
(Linda Robertson, John G. Hartness, Faith Hunter, Tamsin L. Silver, James A. Hunter, Jennifer St. Giles)

Saturday, Sept 2
Reading: John G. Hartness
Time: Sat 01:00 pm Location: Marietta – Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)

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The Black Dog: Depression and Mental Health in Fiction and Fandom
Our panelists examine how mental health is portrayed in sf. Are there any portrayals that help those of us dealing with our own issues? Note that this is not a prescriptive or workshop.
Time: Sat 04:00 pm Location: Embassy AB – Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)
(Gail Z. Martin, John G. Hartness, Darin Kennedy, Misty Massey)

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Writer’s Block: Real or Imagined?
The debate about writer’s block is as old as the craft. Every writer has an opinion. The pros discuss the condition and the cures.
Time: Sat 05:30 pm Location: Embassy CD – Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)
(Gail Z. Martin, John G. Hartness, Kim Harrison, Kathryn Hinds, Anya Martin, Mercedes Lackey)

Sunday, Sept 3
Run Screaming into the Night
Does your own writing scare you? Dark Fantasy and Horror need a real edge that guarantees a terrifying read…even for the writer.
Time: Sun 05:30 pm Location: Embassy CD – Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)
(Eric Flint, Clay and Susan Griffith, John G. Hartness)

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Coming to America: An American Gods Fan Panel
A moderated fan-panel discussion of the new hit series based on the book by Neil Gaiman
Time: Sun 08:30 pm Location: Chastain 1-2 – Westin (Length: 1 Hour)
(Doc Rotten, Fr. Bryan Small, John G. Hartness)

With Cat-like Tread, to DragonCon We Steal!

Faith Hunter, David Coe, AJ Hartley, John Hartness, Gail Martin and Misty Massey (along with 70,000 of their closest friends) will be appearing at DragonCon in Atlanta over Labor Day weekend, and we’d love to see you there! We’ll be posting our schedules here over the next few days, so keep an eye out.

Today we have David Coe’s schedule! Come find him at the following stops:

Friday, Sept 1
The Beginners Guide to Steampunk and Other Alternate History
More than a steampunk 101, this idiot’s guide to to the wide world alternate history is for those curious about the books, media, costumes, or just how to get started in the steampunk, dieselpunk, or other subcultures large and small. Bring your curiosity and questions for our panel of experts.
Time: Fri 02:30 pm Location: Athens – Sheraton (Length: 1 Hour)
(Tentative Panelists: Eric Flint, David B. Coe)

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Murders, Mysteries, and Mayhem in Alternate History
This mature themes panel will go over a multiverse of ways to murder, discuss some of the millions of history’s mysteries and their alternative solutions, and a variety of ways the world ends in magnificent mayhem with a panel of authors in this late night roundtable.
Time: Fri 11:30 pm Location: Athens – Sheraton (Length: 1 Hour)
(S.M. Stirling, David B. Coe, D.Alan Lewis, Alistair Jerry Kimble)

Saturday, Sept 2
Across the Veil: Ghosts, Spirits and Souls in UF
Protagonists in urban fantasy deal with the gamut of supernatural beings, and not all of them have physical form, posing additional challenges.
Time: Sat 02:30 pm Location: Chastain 1-2 – Westin (Length: 1 Hour)
(Leanna Renee Hieber, E.J. Stevens, R.R. Virdi, Myke Cole, David B. Coe, Cherie Priest)

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Author Roundtable: The Magic and Technology of Building Alternate Worlds
Be it alchemical spells or industrial revolution, many alternate history and steampunk worlds feature magic, fantastic technological marvels, or even both. But each choice shapes the worlds these authors build. This roundtable discuss worldbuilding and the balance between fantasy and science.
Time: Sat 05:30 pm Location: Augusta – Sheraton (Length: 1 Hour)
(Leanna Renee Hieber, Anthony Francis, A. J. Hartley, David B. Coe, Jack Campbell, S.M. Stirling)

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Plotting or Plodding?
Tired of the same, old plots? Discover creative ways to liven up your plotting.
Time: Sat 07:00 pm Location: Embassy CD – Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)
(Jean Marie Ward, Debbie Viguié, Leanna Renee Hieber, David B. Coe, Jake Bible, Ed Masessa)

Sunday, Sept 3
Reading: David B. Coe
Time: Sun 11:30 am Location: Vinings – Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)

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Author Roundtable: Tales of the Wild and Weird West!
The west wasn’t there to be won, it is a place where the weird and wondrous worlds of speculative fiction play. These authors discuss the weird west genre – its tropes, definitions, rules and how to break them.
Time: Sun 05:30 pm Location: Augusta – Sheraton (Length: 1 Hour)
(Kathryn Hinds, Tamsin L. Silver, David Boop, Misty Massey, David B. Coe)

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Collaborations, Critique Groups and Beta Readers
Today’s writers find creative help in ways writers of the past didn’t have access to. What’s right for a writer depends on many things. This panel discusses whether a collaboration, critique group or beta reader is the perfect choice–and how to find them.
Time: Sun 07:00 pm Location: Embassy CD – Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)
(Jean Marie Ward, Jane Yolen, Jake Bible, David B. Coe, Mercedes Lackey, Richard Lee Byers)

Monday, Sept 4
The Daily Grind: Mundane Jobs and the UF Protagonist
Fighting supernatural threats doesn’t always pay the bills, so some characters have to also have regular, mundane jobs. Our panelists discuss how their protagonists balance the two aspects of their lives.
Time: Mon 01:00 pm Location: Chastain 1-2 – Westin (Length: 1 Hour)
(Gail Z. Martin, David B. Coe, Debbie Viguié, J.F. Lewis, J.D. Horn)

Did Ever A Dragon Keep So Fair A Con?

Faith Hunter, David Coe, AJ Hartley, John Hartness, Gail Martin and Misty Massey (along with 70,000 of their closest friends) will be appearing at DragonCon in Atlanta over Labor Day weekend, and we’d love to see you there! We’ll be posting our schedules here over the next few days, so keep an eye out.

Today is A J Hartley’s turn. You can see him here:

Friday, Sept 1
Signing at The Missing Volume Friday, 2pm. Americasmart building 2 first Floor booths 1400, 1402 1301 & 1303 at the end of the aisle.
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Magic in the Middle
Middle Grade Books are the hidden genre that explores the realms of fantasy & adventure. Discover the Magic in the Middle with our panel of amazing authors.
Time: Fri 04:00 pm Location: M106-M107 – Marriott (Length: 1 Hour)
(Tentative Panelists: Diana Peterfreund, A. J. Hartley, Ed Masessa)

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He Said, She Said
Every novel and story has characters. They gotta talk. This panel addresses how great dialogue can boost your book from good to great. Oh, and, of course, they’ll discuss how to write great dialogue.
Time: Fri 07:00 pm Location: Embassy CD – Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)
(Tentative Panelists: John D. Ringo, Bill Fawcett, Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, Katherine Kurtz, A. J. Hartley, Gail Z. Martin)

Saturday, Sept 2
Y/A and Away!
The Y/A market is soaring. Young readers have discovered fiction and clamor for it. Be on the cutting edge of some great fiction.
Time: Sat 10:00 am Location: Embassy CD – Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)
Moderator / MC for panel
(Tentative Panelists: E.K. Johnston, Diana Peterfreund, Claudia Gray, Kim Harrison, A. J. Hartley, Rebecca Moesta)

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YA Out Of This World!
The next (and best) frontier in YA is SPACE! (And cool new planets) We’ll discuss YA space & other galaxy-set sci-fi past, present & future that we love.
Time: Sat 11:30 am Location: A707 – Marriott (Length: 1 Hour)
(Tentative Panelists: Claudia Gray, A. J. Hartley, Diana Peterfreund, Heather Kaczynski, E.K. Johnston)

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Exploring Relationships in YA
Let’s talk about relationships, but not the kind you’re thinking. A discussion of interpersonal dynamics between siblings, friends, parents and children in YA novels.
Time: Sat 01:00 pm Location: A707 – Marriott (Length: 1 Hour)
(Tentative Panelists: Kathryn Hinds, Rebecca Moesta, Mary Weber, Christi J. Whitney, A. J. Hartley, K. M. Herkes)

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Autograph Session
Time: Sat 04:00 pm Location: International Hall South 1-3 – Marriott (Length: 1 Hour)
(Tentative Panelists: James A. Hunter, A. J. Hartley)

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Author Roundtable: The Magic and Technology of Building Alternate Worlds
Be it alchemical spells or industrial revolution, many alternate history and steampunk worlds feature magic, fantastic technological marvels, or even both. But each choice shapes the worlds these authors build. This roundtable discuss worldbuilding and the balance between fantasy and science.
Time: Sat 05:30 pm Location: Augusta – Sheraton (Length: 1 Hour)
(Tentative Panelists: Leanna Renee Hieber, Anthony Francis, A. J. Hartley, David B. Coe, Jack Campbell, S.M. Stirling)

Sunday, Sept 3
Y/A Genres: What’s Hot?
Y/A readers keep clamoring for more dystopian, urban fantasy, paranormal, dark fantasy…Which genre’s for you?
Time: Sun 01:00 pm Location: Embassy CD – Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)
Moderator / MC for panel
(Tentative Panelists: Claudia Gray, A. J. Hartley, Mari Mancusi, E.J. Stevens, Zoraida Cordova)

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Reading: A. J. Hartley
Time: Sun 02:30 pm Location: Vinings – Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)
(Tentative Panelists: A. J. Hartley)

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Let’s Get Real: Tough Topics in YA
YA lit doesn’t shy away from difficult and important topics like racism, sexism, homophobia, and violence. These discussions are important; let’s talk about how YA is shaping the conversation.
Time: Sun 05:30 pm Location: A707 – Marriott (Length: 1 Hour)
(Tentative Panelists: A. J. Hartley, Mary Weber, Christopher Paolini, Steve Berman)

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Beyond Victorian: Alt. History in other cultures and eras
If you can’t bear the sight of one more crumpet, how about nativepunk, retrofuture, or “Amish sci fi”? There’s a multitude of cultures and eras and subgenres that are begging to be explored. Our panelists explore new lands and times into the various aspects of alternate history.
Time: Sun 08:30 pm Location: Athens – Sheraton (Length: 1 Hour)
(Tentative Panelists: Jean Marie Ward, Margaret S. McGraw, A. J. Hartley, Michael Bunker)

They’re Taking The Hobbits to DragonCon!

Faith Hunter, David Coe, AJ Hartley, John Hartness, Gail Martin and Misty Massey (along with 70,000 of their closest friends) will be appearing at DragonCon in Atlanta over Labor Day weekend, and we’d love to see you there! We’ll be posting our schedules here over the next few days, so keep an eye out.

Today is Misty’s turn. If you want to find her to get a book signed or hear her speak, this is where she’ll be:

Friday, Sept 1
The Overlooked: Under-Represented Heroes & Heroines of the Wild West
The settlers of the Wild West were more than white, male cowboys. They were also women and foreigners from Asia, Africa, Mexico, and the Native Americans who were there originally. Our experts discuss these heroes and heroines of the West that have been overlooked by history and historic fiction.
Time: Fri 02:30 pm Location: Augusta – Sheraton (Length: 1 Hour)
(Margaret S. McGraw, Misty Massey, Tamsin L. Silver, Delilah S. Dawson, Faith Hunter)

The Oldest Profession: History’s Most Famous Harlots
Description: History has a lot of unsung heroes, none more surprising as its harlots. Contrary to what you may have read in the history books, our present has been shaped and often guided by some of the most notorious and celebrated madams and working women. This survey panel showcases some of the best!
Time: Fri 10:00 pm Location: Athens – Sheraton (Length: 1 Hour)
(Margaret McGraw, Gail Martin, Jean Marie Ward, Misty Massey)

Saturday, Sept 2
The Black Dog: Depression and Mental Health in Fiction and Fandom
Our panelists examine how mental health is portrayed in sf. Are there any portrayals that help those of us dealing with our own issues? Note that this is not a prescriptive or workshop.
Time: Sat 04:00 pm Location: Embassy AB – Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)
(John Hartness, Gail Martin, Darin Kennedy, Misty Massey)

The Works of Neil Gaiman
Neil Gaiman has only increased in popularity in recent years, with popular television shows based on his stories either in production or on the air. We’ll discuss the source material and the differences that manifest in interpreting it for mass media.
Time: Sat 08:30 pm Location: Galleria 5 – Hilton (Length: 1 Hour)
(Misty Massey, Eric R. Asher)

Sex, Race, and Gender in Alternate History
All types of gender, race, and sexuality expressions are often represented in Steampunk culture and Alternate History in general. This mature audience discussion panel talks about the intersection of sex, gender, race, and lifestyle are handled in our fiction, fashion, and cultural lives.
Time: Sat 11:30 pm Location: Athens – Sheraton (Length: 1 Hour)
(Tony A Ballard-Smoot, Misty Massey, Tamsin L. Silver, Delilah S. Dawson)

Sunday, Sept 3
Broad Universe Rapid Fire Reading
The ladies and gentlemen of Broad Universe read snippets from their works.
Time: Sun 10:00 am Location: Piedmont – Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)
(Gail Z. Martin, Misty Massey, John G. Hartness, Clay and Susan Griffith, Margaret S. McGraw, Trisha J. Woldridge)

The Dark Side of Alternate History
One of the enduring tropes of steampunk is its unflagging optimism. Yet many alternate histories and historical fantasies have darker views of events. Steampunk zombies, alternate apocalypses and intrigue abound, and this panel explores what happens when optimism gives way to a darker reality.
Time: Sun 04:00 pm Location: Athens – Sheraton (Length: 1 Hour)
(Misty Massey, Tamsin L. Silver, Clay and Susan Griffith, Mark Zoran)

Author Roundtable: Tales of the Wild and Weird West!
The west wasn’t there to be won, it is a place where the weird and wondrous worlds of speculative fiction play. These authors discuss the weird west genre – its tropes, definitions, rules and how to break them.
Time: Sun 05:30 pm Location: Augusta – Sheraton (Length: 1 Hour)
(Kathryn Hinds, Tamsin L. Silver, David Boop, Misty Massey)

Magic Found, Magic Lost: The Magicians Fan Panel
A moderated fan-panel discussion of the hit show’s second season
Time: Sun 10:00 pm Location: Chastain 1-2 – Westin (Length: 1 Hour)
(R.R. Virdi, Misty Massey)