If you need a reason to go, one of my writing idols, David Weber is the Guest of Honor and I plan on bringing at least one Honor Harrington book for him to sign. Orycon also has an Editor Guest of Honor, who is Diana Gill this year. I hope to get a chance to listen to her over drinks sometime that weekend too. Outside of writing, the artist Guest of Honor is David Mattingly, and Mark Osier is the filk Guest of Honor.
Which does remind me that the filk band I perform in, Starlight, got a concert at Orycon as well. Whew, will I ever be busy, but I still would love to see you there. Please look me up. I love to have people come up and say Hi!
Now, the sad news. I'm behind on the sequel to Sweet Secrets. I had almost 9,000 words written, but I don't anymore. The hard drive on my laptop crashed and I found out that I hadn't emailed it to my husband like I thought I had, so when I get done kicking myself for not doing what I should have done, (In my defense usually do. Really! I don't know why I didn't this time.), I get to start all over again.
It will air this coming Saturday (6/11) at 9 pm Pacific / Midnight Eastern, then again Sunday (6/12) at 4 pm / 7 pm Eastern, then Tuesday and the following Saturday(6/18) at 4 am Pacific / 7 am Eastern
If none of those times work for you, afterwards I've been told it will available on their main website.
However, what I wanted to post about here is one of my little pet peeves when I read a great story: Boring Color descriptions
Now, brown, blue, and yellow each has a place in our language, but when that's the only colors used in the whole book? Change it up! Yeah, a saddle is brown and so is dirt, but they are not the same color for goodness sakes. Google a color name wheel and use it. Please! Use teal, royal, and blue for character's eyes, because honestly, have you ever seen two people with exactly the same color blue eyes? I know I haven't. So, get creative and decide that your handsome man in your romance doesn't have boring old brown eyes, your protag sees dark chocolate colored eyes. See what I did there? If I told you the protag (male or female) is in love with that man you'd believe me, right? I got across the point with just how I described the man's eyes to the protag. It's sneaky, but this subtle writing technique works and works well. So, use that color wheel writers!
If you're here, please look for me in my little red scooter and I'll give you a badge ribbon. Resting now in my room before my Book Launch party tonight at 8pm. Squeeeee!
If you can't make it here this weekend, Norwescon isn't my only appearance this year. I will be at several conventions around the Pacific Northwest in the coming year. I've copy pasted the list of my appearances from TANSTAAFLPress.com below for you . If you will be at any of these, please come and say Hi. I'd enjoy see you.
- Current Location:United States, ,
- Current Mood: ecstatic
I look forward to seeing you there!
Great News! My first book, Sweet Secrets, is now out in the wild. You can find it at either link below the image.
At My Publisher:
Editordude told me that my book launch party will happen on Friday, March 26th at Norwescon. Please stop by and say Hi! :D
How this worked out made me almost fall out of my chair laughing.
Last Friday, I got a call from editordude that he might have to move the launch party because he couldn't get a suite to hold it in. He had contacted 3 people on Norwescon's concom but no luck. I offered my hotel liaison skills to find one for us and he agreed. I had planned on contacting the Hotel staff directly to get us a regular room (with bed removed) on Monday. My last words before we hung up were that I had a greater than 50% chance of getting us a room. The NEXT DAY I get an email from editordude that a room opened up, and it was a 1st Floor Suite. OMG is that a prime location too. So, I hadn't done anything yet, just THINKING about doing something made the hotel behave. ROTFL
And THAT'S why Conflikt doesn't want me to ever stop being their hotel liaison.
More details will be forthcoming.
Meanwhile, I'm doing the happy dance.
Like everything else about writing, there is no perfect answer to that question. If you have a deadline, you damn well better be writing.
But what if you don't have a deadline looming? That gets a little more tricky. Some writers must take a break between projects. Some can't stop or they would never start again. Most of us are in-between somewhere. The holidays can get hectic, especially for writers with family obligations. Where you fall in this is as original as your writing itself. So, my advice is try to write during this hectic wonderful holiday time, but if you can't or don't write this week, give yourself a break and return to the writing slog after the New Year begins.