Breaking radio silence finally

Sword of Fate has gone through the first round of edits and is back with the editor to take her next swing at things. Looking forward to see what she has to say about my changes.

Secret project #2 and #3 have been accepted as proposals. Now currently working on pilot scripts. More to follow.

Spent four hours working on Crossed Swords on Monday at one of my favorite Japanese tea shops to celebrate the holiday. Got home – computer didn’t save a drop of my work. 5000+ words gone . . . poof. Sank into serious depression.

Watched the Kansas City Royals in the ALCS. I was very pleased with the results there. Busted out the powder blue baseball cap to wear this week.

Worked on two new ideas for stories down the road. Never enough time to do everything I want to write. *sigh*

And so it goes.

Some days you get the bear . . .

And in other news:

There are good times and less-than-good times when you are an author.

I received a rejection notice for a project I was really hoping to get involved in. *sigh* Still, I like the concept of the story and I really like the characters. It might be they aren’t a good combination, or perhaps these characters need something a bit longer than a 5000 word story. *shrug* Put them back into the box and I’ll get them out later and see what happens.

Then, on the way home, right after getting the rejection letter, I thought of the perfect way to redo the opening to Steel on Target. I wrote down my thoughts when I got home and hope to get started on it as soon as I get back from Archon.

Then, I got my editorial notes back for Sword of Might. I really like this editor and I can’t wait to dive into the edits.

Could I sit around and grouse about my rejection? Sure, but I have too many other projects under development to let one bump derail me. Just means, I need to get better.

Writers who don’t strive to get better only get worse.

FenCon XI Report

Friday was a good day. The first panel was on writing media tie-in works, and there was no pressure. After all, it was just me and Timothy Zahn. What could possibly go wrong, right?

Actually, it was a fun time and we did it more like a talk in the round rather than an actual panel. We had a good time talking about the successes and sometimes the drawbacks of playing in someone else’s sandbox. We had a pretty good crowd for an early Friday panel and they had a lot of good questions.

The other Friday panel – WarTech – was a mixed bag. We had a good crowd, but I’m not convinced it was a very successful panel. The conversation wandered quite a bit and I’m afraid a couple of the panelists didn’t get the chance to participate as much as I had hoped they would. I probably wouldn’t do that panel again at the next show.

I had a ball at the parties Friday night. Found out KC won WorldCon for 2016, so I’m signing up for that one. Also, found a party being put on by Noah Ramon, aka DJ Illuminator. Not only did he have his room lit up with damn near every type of laser light, LED light, or electronic system, but his musical tastes are as eclectic as mine. I think I spent most of the evening hanging out in his room. Also visited the SoonerCon room party and I think that will be one of my 2015 cons.

Saturday’s signing was fun, although I spent most of it visiting with people I’d met the night before. Then it was time for my Writer Beware panel. Luckily, Amy Sisson, (one of my fellow Star Trek Writers), volunteered to run the slide show for me so I could wander about in front of the table. I didn’t do an official head count, but I’m estimating there were about 25 people at one time or another (people did wander in and out). Lot of good questions and the conversation ran on out in the hall for an hour or so afterward.

More room parties on Saturday and then into the last day on Sunday. We opened at 10am on Sunday with “What’s On Your Playlist”, where we discussed music and writing. Not only did I get some new ideas on where to find music and have a good time listening to what other people like to write too, but I was introduced to Country Zombie Rap. (I’ll let you look that up if you’re interested.)

I did a reading right after lunch and then i took advantage of their “pro table” offer, to sell some books, comics, miniatures, and T-shirts.

My trip home was quite a bit less fun – 2 hour delay at Dallas, changed planes twice, still got into Houston 20 minutes after my connecting flight left. Had to catch a 7:40am plane in, therefore burning another day of leave I hadn’t planned on using. *sigh*

Still, all in all, FenCon XI was a lot of fun and it definitely feels very comfortable. The staff went out of their way to take care of us and special kudos to the Con Suite team.

And now, time to finish the laundry and get ready for Archon this weekend.