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Road Notes

I'm still in Madison, though WFC is over. I am sore and stiff and tired out and my neck and shoulders are letting me know that they did not appreciate the lumpy hotel pillows AT ALL. I mean, hotel pilws are generally awful, but these were like a case study in the worst possible pillowing. Kind of like cotton sacks stuffed with wadded up dryer lint.

This was my first major convention with books in print, rather than in process, and my first major convention where people had really heard my name, which was an interesting experience. The business side of the con really wound up taking a lot of my attention and energy. Also, it was my first WFC, though, I suspect, not my last, since I promised stillsostrange that we would go out dancing again in Austin next year. And I happen to know that I will be beaten to death with shovels if I don't go to the 2008 con, as Calgary won the bid. And since Worldcon in 2007 is in Japan... not so much a chance of that trip happening.

The convention has already started to recede into a pleasant blur of overeating, drinking slightly too much, rushing to panels and appearances, and the usual convention madness. I saw a lot of old friends and made some new ones, abandoned the con two nights in a row (Friday for a Vienna Teng concert and Saturday to go out dancing at Madison's postage-stamp-sized Goff club, the Inferno.)

Notable events included a Locus interview--a very interesting experience, interviews: they're an exercise in concentrated narcissism: 90 minutes of talking about one's self is always a little odd and exhausting. (As opposed to this blog, which is an exercise in dissipated narcissism.) I hope I didn't sound like too much of an idiot. Charlie and Liza promised to manufacture some controversy, however, which is comforting.

I'll post some kind of a note when it's due to come out.

Of course, there's no rest for the wicked. Now I have to go write a 500 word essay for Subterranean on what I'm reading, and then it's back to the edits on Whiskey & Water. I'm sort of nearly done with those, actually: I have the last two chapters to get through, and then I have two scenes that probably need to be completely rewritten.

I did recieve the cover for Blood & Iron this weekend, and I'll post it over at my blog as soon as I recieve permission from my publisher. Also, I spoke with jlassen about the Night Shade Books collection forthcoming late next spring. I need to rewrite one story I'm not entirely happy with, if I can figure out a way to work around the big garish patch I slapped over a particular plot problem. The collection also has a title now: The Chains that You Refuse, which some of you will recognize as the title of a weird breathless little story published at Chizine two years ago or so.

The reading went well--truepenny and jaylake and I combined resources, bought doughnuts, and filled up a little room pretty respectably. Sarah read a little of The Virtu and I read some spoilerriffic bits of Whiskey & Water and Jay, being Jay, read a rather kickass, poignant little short story about red dirt, secret knowledge and pickup trucks.

ETA: secritcrush has highlights here.

I'm sure I don't know anything about a group of giggling writers and other geeks being shut down by the police for laughing too loudly while round-robin reading the sex scenes out of romance novels in the middle of the night. The brocade Converse All-Stars, however, are a truly stylin' thing, and I bought a pair in purple-pink.

And that was the con.

Coffee break's over: everybody back on your heads!

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When you come to Austin, I'll find you and not only show all ya'll the good dancing places, but also... TOY JOY. It's a must-see in Austin, and won't be that far from the location. (Actually, nothing in Austin is that far, but if you ask Austinites, they'll do nothing but bemoan the distances. I say they're all on drugs.)
Hee. My book report is going to be books in progress, I think, since I have a pile of about five and everything I've finished recently has been pre-published.
Your Locus experience is par for the course -- I've done two, and I'm coming to the conclusion that I hates them, precioussss. The only thing I've done that was worse was a TV interview, and I live in terror of the day I'm actually expected to do a TV slot live. Give me a keyboard and a list of questions via email any day of the week.

My advice, for what it's worth, is to enjoy the anonymity while you can, because once you become well-known it will be increasingly rare not to be on duty. (I'm off to Novacon next weekend, where hopefully I will have just a single panel slot, and I can relax and be as surly and incommunicative as I like because (a) most of the people there knew me before I sold any books, (b) someone else is in the guest of honour hot seat (hi, Al!) and (c) none of my publishers are present.)
I am right there with you. Interviews are hard.

I'm much more charming on paper.
*Waving blearily from the 12th floor lounge*

Please come to Saratoga... please please please. You can visit me either before or after, too! Please please please. *grins*
How could a girl refuse?

The Chains that You Refuse

Love the title of the collection. Of course, I loved that story. Yay for you!
The Chains that You Refuse

Oooh, nice -- and I remember that :) Glad to have you back! *hugs*
Good to hear from you! Thanks for sharing the experience. It's always fun to experience new things, even vicariously. May I say that I'm terribly jealous about the Vienna Teng concert? :-)
You may.

I just edited this entry with a link, by the way. *g* I'll tell you the details when I get home.
yay for Vienna Teng concerts! she was in my area a month ago, but I was at another (closer) concert that night. I do love hearing her live, though. ^_^

thanks for sharing your WFC experience. makes me feel less wistful for not having been there.

(Anonymous)

Which month will the Locus interview be in?

I'll definately be renewing my subscription then.
Sadly, I don't think I'd have any trouble talking about myself for 90 minutes, which is pretty much what I do anyways....All the time.-_-;;
Love the blog!

AnimeJune (gossamerobsessions.blogspot.com)

Re: Which month will the Locus interview be in?

As I said above, when I know when it will be, I will say something about it.

Austin in 2006

Yay! Some other bodies I'll know at WFC next year! I mailed away my membership dues just this weekend (with many regrets for not having had time and cash to make it this year, but such is life). I look forward to hanging out with you again, Bear, and hopefully getting the location right this time. >:-]
WFC in Calgary?

*makes a whole bunch of incoherent noise*

See you in 2008, if not before...since I'll be old enough to buy you a drink then, will you accept in advance?

:D

I'm so excited!
Sure thing! I can't wait!

(Anonymous)

Calgary!

Whoo! I live in Edmonton, so that's cake to get to. ^_~
Waitwaitwaitwait. There was a Vienna Teng concert? Waaah!

---L.
Friday Night
eading the sex scenes out of romance novels in the middle of the night.

Wow. sounds like you've had some wild times there! Good thing no alcohol was involved, or who knows what might've happened...

In all honesty, I'd been introduced to your books a mere three two one and a half months ago, but it seemed to me that you'd been doing this for *years*. I would never have guessed this was the first books-in-print convention for you.
I think it was the enzymes in the cheese....

As for the other, there was WisCon this year, but it's not a "major" convention. And, you know. I fake it very well. *g*
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