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Winding Down

2 years, 10 months ago, in the early evening

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.

Change of Plans

2 years, 10 months ago, in the late evening

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But something has come up, and as of this evening, I’ve reluctantly withdrawn from this event.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.

Practice Safe Writing

2 years, 10 months ago, in the evening


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?