But I need the practice . . .


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So, here is a picture of me and Brian Hades, Publisher of Edge Press at Denvention last year. Now that I know how to put pictures up, expect lots of pictures from Anticipation, coming up next week!!

And, I’m in Hayden’s play!


“Trophies” will be read aloud at Anticpation on Sunday at 5 PM and I will be in that, as well. Really looking forward to it!

So, finished the revisions to “Assassins” and am 14,000 words into “Magiers.” As my daughter Heather says, “Now I’m off to the word-mines!”

Huge Excitement!


I got the schedule for panel participants for Worldcon in Montreal and programmers have been very generous to me! I have a reading and a signing, and have been invited to sit on panels on Horror and Dark Fantasy, Internet critical reviews and writing for Analog. I had to decline the panel on Battlestar Galactica, because I’m not knowledgeable in that area, having never seen the show. That doesn’t bother me too much, but I may also have to miss the one on Dark Fantasy as my plane will arrive too late for me to make it. 🙁

Exciting, though, to be asked to sit on panels with Stan Schmidt, Ellen Datlow, David D. Levine, James Patrick Kelly, Moshe Feder and others! My excitement level just went up three notches!

Back home


So, the con was awesome. Connected with great people, picked up good tips and accomplished the business I went to accomplish, all the while having a great time. I found the whole milieu inspiring. The panel I presented on was entitled, “Writing In Spite of Your Environment,” and for me Denvention was a part of that — or perhaps I wrote because of my environment. On the drive to Denver I did a little bit of writing; the first couple of days I managed to squeeze in maybe 2 hours a day of writing. Saturday and Sunday, as well as in the car both days driving back I wrote almost non-stop (well, I had to stop a bit Saturday night to see the Hugos). Very productive, and I am very pleased with where my writing is going right now.

News from Denver


The sessions continue to be great — too many to choose among — and it is wonderful to hear about writing and the business straight out of the mouths of top authors and agents. The other thing is, of course, that you recognize them when you meet them. Although, that may not always be the best thing. My good friend, Kim Greyson, who is in charge of guests for World Fantasy (which will be in Calgary in October) knows EVERYONE, so last night he introduced me to writer David Coe. The first thing I said was, “I know you — where have we met?” He was a little confused; then I realized — I’d seen him on a panel. Oops! But he was very gracious about the mistake.

Parties, of course, are where a lot of the business is done. I fell into conversation with a top agent, Lucienne Diver, who gave me her card, then Kim introduced me to Kathleen Doherty who offered to place my manuscripts in front of the right editor at Tor. What an opportunity! Thanks, Kim! Also, for the first time, I got to make an introduction. I introduced Randy McCharles to Sheila Williams at Asimov’s. I read in her June editorial that she is looking for humour and the first person I thought of was Randy because he is not only an awesome writer, he writes humour. So, once the craziness dies down, he said he would send something to Asimov’s.