Believe it or not, I've kinda laid low this past week... so more Bubble & Squeek. A lot of reading for Speculate! getting caught up on that. Blog posts. Mostly convention prep for Worldcon and Tracon. Still, it's been exciting. I officially signed the contract for Sekrit Project Alex (complete with NDA, thus the name), and had agent Cherry Weiner accept one of my novels for representation. Right now, I'm trying not to freak out over all the forthcoming travel. We've got everything in place, including house/cat sitter, neighbors warned, etc... And then, after Worldcon, I'm going to see two countries I've never seen before. It's going to be awesome.
Anthology: Maximum Velocity: The Best of the Full-Throttle Space Tales. A project I had going on in the background. Kinda of excited about this one. I like WordFire Press.
Article: Here is my Shadowrun tarot card, The Shadows, for the Shadowrun anthology Drawing Destiny, and how I used it.
Article: Why Writers Make Incredible Friends. A fun article I just had to share.
Article: I was the author spotlight on MyLifeMyBooksMyEscape. It was unexpected and cool.
SFWA: In the second SFWA Chat Hour I participated it, I talk about how to hand sell your books to convention attendees. That all said, there is more to this. There are some attendees who do not want to talk to you. Watch their body language. If they won't make eye contact, leave them be or ask them if they'd like to hear about their books.
WorldCon: I will be at Worldcon/MidAmeriCon II. Come say hello. There is a no-shyness zone around me. I'm happy to chat with you. Here's my schedule:
- Thursday all day, SFWA Board of Directors meeting
- Friday 12:00 - 1:00, Rising Stars in SF, Fantasy & Horror
- Friday 3:00-4:00, Kaffeklatch with Jennifer Brozek
- Friday 5:00 - 6:00, Dwarf Planets and Beyond the Kuiper Belt
- Saturday 10:00 - 11:00, Finding the Right Podcast for You
- Saturday 11:00 - 1:00pm, SFWA Business Meeting
- Saturday 2:00 - 3:00, Autograph Session
- Sunday 11:00 - 12:00, Is Mining the Asteroids Feasible?
The largest news is that I am now represented by Cherry Weiner. It's been an exciting couple of weeks.
July was all about editing. At least it seems like it. Editing a novel for an agent. Editing a novel for EGM. Editing a novel and a novella for AIP. Doing some maintenance on 2 anthologies in progress—one reprint, one original. Editing a couple of my short stories and, editing the Speculate! story. My mind rebelled on all the editing and started a whole lot of background world building for the MG/YA series I’m going to start writing next year.
Fiction words written: 135,810
Article words written: 15,000
My novels/collections edited: 5
My short stories proofed: 6
Other novels/anthologies edited: 10
Events attended: 6
August and September are going to be weird stat-wise because I’m doing so much traveling. Much of it will be in Europe. I do not expect to get /any/ work done.