My poor, battered, insufficiently good initial draft of Inexplicables is starting to shape up into something less appalling, which is good – considering it was due weeks ago, and it NEEDS to go by the end of the month. Plus or minus a day or two. I hope. *ahem*
I started by removing about 14,000 words (yes that’s a lot shut up they were bad words moving right along), then I took my editor’s notes to heart and filled in the holes/rearranged various assorted bits. The present incarnation of this thing is about 108,000 words, with another couple thousand to go. One more scene.
It’s a pretty significant scene, and I’m not sure if I can or should start it tonight, as it’s getting late and I’m sort of feeling the burn-out right now. But then again, the sooner I kill it, the sooner I can start back at the beginning – making sure that this whole thing hangs together and doesn’t suck. (This will take me several days.)
I don’t know. I’ll make myself some supper and see how I feel about it tonight.
Anyway, now that there is a Dubstep Cat, I’m not sure reality even matters anymore.
Word is starting to get around about World Steam Expo, a steampunk convention which is coming up in May. The nice folks over at WSE invited me to participate quite some time ago – last June, I think – and I was excited to attend, believe me. The Michigan fandom community has been exceptionally kind to me, and I’m always happy to visit when I can.
But something has come up, and as of this evening, I’ve reluctantly withdrawn from this event.
I feel particularly bad because my timing is terrible, since the promo push for that weekend is getting underway – but the organizers are being very understanding. The reasons for my change in plans are personal and I won’t go into them here or now; suffice it to say that May of 2012 is shaping up to be very complicated, and I needed to prune the out-of-state travel.
I’m okay, and everything’s all right. This is just a case of Regular Life throwing a monkey-wrench into my Travel/Fandom Life, that’s all. And to be clear, this weekend is not “freed up,” and I am not considering other events.
I am very sorry about this, and I apologize to any fans who were planning to catch me there – as well as the organizers and staff. Best of luck to everyone involved, and may the Expo live long and prosper. Perhaps I can make it in 2013.
The husband had it special ordered/customized (yes it’s a real bulletproof vest) for Christmas, but it was delayed a bit and it finally arrived and you had better bet your sweet patootie that I will wear the ever-living CRAP out of this thing.
Not just to sci-fi conventions OH HELLS NO. I will bust out this bad-boy for DOCTORS APPOINTMENTS and HOUSEWORK. For that matter ARE ANY OF MY FRIENDS GETTING MARRIED SOON?
Oh my God, PLEASE FOR THE LOVE OF ALL THAT’S HOLY, SOMEONE CALL ME UP FOR JURY DUTY.