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Thursday, October 31, 2013

Rolling in

This week I've completed a rough draft for a new vampire story. Got the idea from a spooky special I watched about the Badlands.

Also, submissions for the two anthologies I'll be editing are rolling in. Three authors have extensions due to illness or other life events. Happens in the writing world. I should be seeing their stories within the next week. Luckily, I have to publisher deadlines...yet.

Am also thinking of writing for NaNoWriMo this year. Haven't signed up but thinking it might be what I need to get one book finished and get further into the next one.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

MileHiCon post report

Over the weekend I attended MileHiCon, our local literary Science Fiction Convention. I was on three panels, one on each day, plus I had a reading during the final hour on Sunday. Most of the rest of the time I either attended panels, caught up with fellow writers and/or friends, or hung out at the WolfSinger Publications table in the dealers room.

A little about the panels, my first panel was 'What we want from the new Doctor Who'. It was a great discussion about favorite villains, companions, and yes, River Song will be back or so I was told, and questions about the choice for the new doctor.

Saturday I was part of a panel discussing food allergies and how in the world do you eat when away from home? It was called 'Eating outside the mainstream'. While such a discussion is not the norm for conventions, it was very informative about a growing problem in our society and how cooking for scratch is a life saver for those of us who have to watch what we eat.

I also attended the Spirituality & Spaceships panel which incorporated God or a higher being into SF/F/H stories and what authors have done this well. It was excellent discussion making both the panelists and audience think.

My last panel was Border Crossing:Non-Western Fantasy. It was made up of panelists all of which were using mythos of cultures that are not the normal medieval European. The moderator had great questions and it was a lively panel talking about why the authors used different cultural backgrounds in their work. I think this the best panel all weekend.

Finally, I did a reading with author Courtney Schafer. We had an audience and afterward we answered questions on our work. I sold three copies of my book 'Winter Awakening' and was complimented by Guest author Ian Tregillis for an excellent reading. I hadn't even realized he was in the audience.

Other outcomes: Got updated from various authors on where they are on their submissions for either 'Different Dragons' or 'Supernatural Colorado'. Some are doing both. Found a back up publisher for 'Supernatural Colorado' just because of the authors I have submitting to it.

Fellow author Julie Campbell and I pitched our collaboration to Carol Hightshoe for WolfSinger Publications. She said, 'When you get it done, I want it.'

Pitched an unfinished novel to Maggie Bonham from Sky Warrior books. After giving me some wonderful feedback, she told me to sent it when it was completed.

Had several folks drop by the WolfSinger table and say, 'When is the sequel to 'Winter Awakening' coming out.' Including my publisher so guess which book gets done next?

Found out 'God's Gift', my next book, will be be coming out either later this year or early next year.

Also, Carol told me she knows I'll be moving on up in the publishing world. First person who has told me that. While it scared me, I'm happy to know that at least someone has faith in my writing.

A lot of writers let me know that I am a wonderful editor and that they love writing for me. Wow! What a great compliment!!!!

All in all, a great weekend and I enjoyed reconnecting with folks I only see maybe once or twice a year. 

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

MileHiCon Schedule

MileHiCon, our local Science Fiction Literary convention is this weekend. I'm posting my schedule in the event any of my readers happen to attend.

Friday, Oct 19th, 6 PM, Mesa Verde A:  What we want from the new Dr. Who
Fellow panelists: I Brazee-Cannon, D. Dieter, P Hester, and R. Lyons.

Saturday, Oct 20th, 4 PM, Wind River A: Eating outside the Mainstream
Fellow panelists: V. Caethe, J. Coyle, T. Simpson, DL. Summers.

Sunday, Oct 21st, 3 PM, Mesa Verde A: Border Crossing: Non-Western Fantasy
Fellow panelists: MH. Boroson, J. Gievre, S. Litore, TL. Morganfield

Sunday, Oct 21st, 4 PM, Mesa Verde C : Author Reading

Events you might find me at: Filking both Friday & Saturday evening. Chasm Creek A. 8PM - ?
Writers networking at the Bar, Saturday at about 9 PM.

Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Why Not?

I've decided to continue the story I started in 'God's Gift' even though the book has not been released yet. The main reason is that I'm using elements from the Biblical story of Esther to tell my tale. I'm excited about it and will be writing this book along with 'Winter Emergence'. Since both are set in the same universe but different times, why not?

Thursday, October 3, 2013

What's going on

Submissions are starting to come in for Different Dragons 2 & Supernatural Colorado. I won't actually be reading anything until after October 31st but I'm excited to see what wonderful ideas the writers came up with.

MileHiCon is also around the corner and I'm on at least three panels during the weekend. It's always fun to see friends, fellow writers, editors and publishers. Like a big family reunion. It'll be fun to see what new opportunities come from this time. I might actually manage to make the filk at least one night, sit in a circle and sing.