What better way to start the new year than with a convention! I am pretty pumped to be part of COSine Con with one of my favorite authors as the Guest of Honor, C.J. Cherryh!
I hope I have some time to catch one of her panels in between the panels I’m on and my table time. I am busy prepping myself for the event and I’m a bit nervous. I’ll be moderating a panel first thing on Saturday morning and that’s a new activity for me. 2022 is off to a bang and it’s only January!
The convention will be happening in Colorado Springs, CO from January 14th to the 16th. I’ll be in the Dealer’s room the rest of the time, so swing on out and say hello!
It still blows my mind that there was a staged insurrection at the beginning of this year. On top of that, the US military released footage of UFOs. Never mind that New Zealand released its wizard from payroll and some scientists made a monkey/human hybrid embryo. Self-replicating xenobots exist now too! And to finish the year off is the introduction of a brand-new variant of Covid-19 that sounds like it was named after a Decepticon.
On the good side, Britney Spears was freed from her conservatorship. And the latest androids are amazing! I’m sure there were other things, but it gets terribly distracting reading all the news… it makes you want to answer the call when the other side of the mirror beckons.
But all in all, 2021 has been very good for me. Not only was I able to go and check on my family, but I also got to see the ocean on both sides of this giant block of land. And how I have missed the ocean(s) as I look out at the majestic mountains so nearby…
Anyway, this year stands out for me. I got another book out and I’m so close to finishing the first draft of the last book in the series. I won some awards for my writing (so awesome!) and I finally got to attend some conventions as an author. On that note, I’ll be at Cosine Con in January 2022.
2022 is right around the bend and I have plans for you “next year”. Oh yes, I have plans!
I hope everyone has a great Holiday season and a Happy New Year and I’ll see you next year!
As the clock runs down and the finish line appears in the distance, I wonder… “Will I make it?”
The short answer is “No.” Am I sad about it? Another, “No.”
“Well, why not?” you ask.
(Can you tell I’ve been writing dialogue today?)
This has been a busy month and even though I won’t be completing my word count, I accomplished a ton. I started a new job, ran a 13.5-mile race, celebrated a holiday, a birthday, and made progress on my latest draft!
Of course, it’s not as much progress as I was hoping for, but progress is progress. I am still plowing through the connective tissue for the remaining two big scenes… err three big scenes. Those I will fly through. Then it’s taking this hot mess of a storyline and lovingly craft it into something worth reading. So, the future is looking pretty good!
Now I have to get back to this bit in the story where Barney does the thing and Jacquie doesn’t like it and…
How are things going, you ask? Well… they’re going, but not as fast as I would like. It’s strange how the brain reconfigures depending on what it’s needed for, isn’t it? I pushed to get into the ‘Con Consciousness’, then the ‘Music Mind’ (more on that later), and now I’m pushing to get into the ‘Writer’s Brain’.
Each one (for me anyway), is different enough that it’s jarring to the system. It can take days for me to connect properly. Which finally happened this weekend! I made some decent headway into the story!
It felt like I was at the base of a mountain but knowing that I was close to halfway up. Clouds obscured the path behind me, and fog dogged my every step up. Hooray for valleys of clarity! I could see the path for a while and progress was good.
Did I mention that I have kittens? They just hit 7 weeks old and have decided that we are people and not just warm furniture. The little buggers are so adorable and I can watch them do kitten things for hours. I beheld the power of the ‘Kitten Wit’!
This turned out to be a bit rambly. That’s enough of that. For those struggling their way through Nano, I salute you and cheer you on from afar!
This year has been an odd one, incredibly busy with periods of nothing. And right now, I’m in a massively busy cycle. Not only did I finally get to attend Cons as an author, but I’ve been to a few music shows, actually watched some movies in a movie theater, and competed in a few obstacle course races! The last one was a 13+ mile run just last weekend with a 5k this weekend, and I have another 13+ mile race coming up in mid-November!
With all that going on, I’m also looking into getting audio versions of my books made and working on another project with an author friend too! Which brings up Nanowrimo. With all of that going on, (never mind the ole 9-5) will I get anything done? Well, that’s the quest for the month!
I’ve given myself a more achievable goal for this Nano and that’s to finish the first draft of the final book in the Matilda series. And by finish, I mean write the first version of the part that is missing, not the rewrite of the end that is needed (if I have the time, I’ll hop into that too but that’s more a December gig). It should only be about 20,000-30,000 words so huzzah and all that nautical talk!
In the meantime, I’m taking a wee break… Well, apparently I’m not. Just realized November is on Monday. Did I mention that I was immensely busy already?
Yes! Whew! Two Cons in the bag and they were back-to-back. Am I tired? You better believe I am. Was it worth it? Every minute of it.
First off, I must give huge props out to WhimsyCon 2021 and Mile Hi Con 2021 for making a newcomer feel welcome. An enormous thank you to the staff and the volunteers to both Cons for a fun time! Two Cons with completely different focuses for me.
Considering how nervous I was up to the point that the panel, each panel started, I think I did pretty well! I had a couple minor hiccups on the “About Me” portion of one, but smooth sailing on the rest! I’m not sure if this works for other people but focusing directly on the questions and the person asking while using my ‘outside’ voice definitely worked for me.
Mile Hi Con was my first time running an Author Table. I was all set for this back in 2020, but the world exploded and um… yeah, everything was delayed a bit. Set up was quick and easy. I thought I’d be nervous the whole time, but I wasn’t!
I got to talk to a lot of potential readers about my story, my characters and what drove me to write. I also got to speak with other authors (Jason Henry Evans, Lou J. Berger, Jim Henderson, and J.D. Jorissen, to name a few!) about the craft, swapped lessons we’d learned about the Con process and where we might come across each other again.
Oh, by the way, I had an amazing table mate, Alison Kimble, author of Strange Gods (you should check it out). She killed it at the Con panels and I can’t wait to read her book!
I am really excited to be a part of the Mile-Hi Con experience! This will be my first convention running a table on Authors Row and I am beside myself! (Not literally… well, I hope not anyway). You better believe I will be posting about my involvement over the whole weekend. This is a big step in my writing career, and I want to preserve the moment.
I’m hoping that I’ll have a bit of free time to catch some of the panels, the Guests of Honor, the cool rooms, and the cosplay! The convention will be happening in Denver, CO from October 1st to October 3rd.
Today is the day! Secret Matilda is available at Amazon in both Kindle and Print!
After getting attacked by the ship that has been chasing them across all known space, can Jacquie and the crew find a way out? What are Mr. Leon and his soldier genorgs up to? Will Dr. Wyeth finally get her hands on Lieutenant Galena Chadov? All I know is that there is something strange afoot on the M33 destroyer and even stranger things in store for our intrepid crew!
There is only one more book to go and the story will be done! Woo! 2022, I’m looking at you!
Sometimes listening to music makes the writing process easier. I really find that it helps with the editing process. For this series, where music is integral to the story, I’ve created Playlists. If you missed it, here is that post again. Well, I did it again on the ole Spotify! Do you want to give it a listen? Here ya go!