When I traveled out to California, it was with the understanding that I was going to be a week out of my schedule. I planned for it. I got some stuff done ahead of time, and tasked myself with picking up the slack when I got home. My edit's, my authors' edits, laundry--all under control.
And then I came home to no power...that lasted eight days...and blew everything to smithereeeens...
My deadlines are mostly my own. I know when things have to be in, and I know how much wiggle room I have and don't take. Nothing will ever be late going to press because I missed a deadline. There are so many things I want to report about WFC, like meeting Claire (csecooney) in the extraordianry flesh, giving her sparkly red shoes and receiving a FABOOOSH sparkly red beret in return. I finally met dsmoen and gregvaneekhout, got to see cassiealexander and her sweet smile again. There were all those HRB friends I've not seen since WFC 2010, and VPX friends since 2006. I think, more than the storm that kept me off the grid for a week, the overwhelming joy of seeing so many beloved faces again just has me all a-flutter...yes, even still. So I'll probably drop dribs and drabs of things WFC here and there, but--much as I have tried--there isn't a "con report" forthcoming.
I do have to take a moment to mention, however, that Mark Nelson (pevanapoet1) rocks my world. Mark is an amazing writer. I have the honor, privilege and joy of being his editor; this is only partially why he rocks. During the last and worst of my panic/anxiety attacks about getting on that plane full of peoplepeopleohsomanypeopleinsosmallandsq
Mark--you're my hero in shorts and sandals; one who writes poetry and of poets. I'm glad to call you my friend.
On another note, my post is up at Adopt-an-Indie, Mountains to Climb--Obstacles Every Indie Faces. Love to see you there!
On a last note, Heroines of Fantasy has an interesting discussion happening once again this week. I'm always astounded by the interesting conversation it generates, whether among just a few posters or dozens. I'd love to see you there, too!
Off I go to the loft for another day of death, mayhem, and lust!
Since I was so mean and left you all hanging, I'll now give you my BIG news--I'm going to be staffing Viable Paradise, world's GREATEST scifi/fan workshop of all time. Mac and Bart (fellow Xmen) are heading up staff this year and wanted me to come on board. I'll be slave labor for a week, cooking, carting, having some fun between drama and exhaustion--like Girl Scout Camp all over again.
I'm thrilled to have been asked. Any former VPer will tell you that it becomes a DREAM to go back, but there is no going back, unless you get asked to be enslaved...um...staff. So, next October, that is where I shall be! On Martha's Vineyard watching others have their minds blown away. I will not and smile and say, "Yes, young one--now you know the power that is VP!"
More when I have time--about the con and the fun and all the fabulousness. Right now, I have another 64 emails to read and only 45 minutes left on my battery (and no place to plug in!)
I have just enough power to point you over to Heroines of Fantasy and our fabulous guest poster, Terra Whiteman and her post: The Evolution of Duality in Science Fiction and Fantasy. Hopefully, I'll be able to read it before my power dies!
Happy Halloweeeeen, everyone!
Heaven is where the police are British, the chefs Italian, the mechanics German, the lovers French, and it is all organized by the Swiss.
Hell is where the police are German, the chefs Britsh, the mechanics French, the lovers Swiss, and it is all organized by the Italians.
Ha! I love it!
(In case you were wondering, and of course you all are, that super-cool news is more than super-cool, and it's done, but I still have one conversation to have later on today, so after that, when all my duckies are in a row, I'll report!)
California update--I'm here. I survived the plane ride and the wussified panic attack I had when it got too crowded on the plane. I'm such a strange beast, really. I'm not afraid of flying, I've determined. I was fine on the flight from Hartford to Chicago. I'm not afraid of crowds, because I'm fine with lots of people. And it's not even fear. It was absolute DREAD. I was hemmed in on all sides, and I just couldn't make the panic stop. Wow. It was interesting, in retrospect. I consider myself a force to be reckoned with, and this totally reckoned ME.
I spent yesterday with VP pal (and Podcastle dude) Dave Thompson (krylyr) and his family. Later Zak Jarvis (voidmonster) and Sharon Mock came by and we sat around chatting, reminscing, geeking out completely. It was fantastic. Dave, Emma and the kids had to leave earlyish, but Zak and Sharon came out for dinner with me and my Frankie. It was a grand time. Unfortunately, I started crashing shortly after dinner. It was so great to see these friends I've not seen in the flesh since Martha's Vineyard five years ago. And there are more flesh-sightings to come! Woohoo!
Best of all, I got a very interesting email before I hit the sack last night. Veeeery interesting opportunity. One that fills me with squeeeeeeish joy I cannot even begin to comprehend--but I'm just not sure how it's going to pan out yet, so I'll keep it under wraps until a decision is made.
I'll be getting the last of my feedback for ATNL from the marvelous karin_gastreich next week. I'll be ready to sink myself into that one once I get home. Then Eric'll be able to do his final edit, and then it's on to formatting. Woohoo!
Beyond the Gate now rests at 170,436. I've cut more than 10K words, and I'm feeling confident of another 10K. I'm hoping for another 20K, but we'll see.
Tomorrow, Newport Beach, California! Got lots of plans! And on Thursday, we leave OC for San Diego, and my poor husband gets abandoned to the golf courses and the zoo. Poor darling. He has a cigar or two to comfort him.
Have a great week!
Pacific 1: From Elfland to Poughkeepsie: Should
Fantasy Sound Like Fantasy?
Ursula K. Le Guin argued that epic or mythic fantasy should
have a language that helps the story keep a distance from the ordinary. Does
most epic fantasy today continue that tradition? Is it really a necessary part
of epic fiction?
Terri-Lynne Defino, Susan Forest, Ellen Klages, Ellen Kushner
(M), Shawna McCarthy
I am so excited I did a little happydance of joy in my chair here. LANGUAGE! And Shawna McCarthy is one of the guests of honor. How cool is that?? I'm stoked. Now I won't mind getting on that plane quite so much.