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Saturday, February 27, 2010

Events and Deadlines and the Partridge in the Writing Tree

A nice crowd at the Boulder Book Store
Hello, hello. anybody there? Yep, I'm alive. Poking my head up from the hole like the February groundhog after a seriously overwhelming few weeks. Last night I was feeling pretty awful about having written so little (deadline for The Soul Mirror 4/30) and blogged even less over the past six weeks, but then I started counting. Over the past seven weeks, I've done:

  1. Nine bookstore events - two of them here my own town, one in San Diego, the other six elsewhere in Colorado. Each involved program preparation - whether it is readings or coordination with a couple of fellow authors who shared a few of the events - as well as email, snailmail, forum and facebook notifications, and coordination with the bookstore involved. Thank goodness for Shannon Baker and Janet Fogg, two author friends who shared the coordination of our four-stop Three Adventures Tour and made gorgeous posters, and launch party invitations, and to Karen and Julie, who organized the most fabulous launch parties in Boulder and Denver.

  2. My first podcast reading for Broad Universe, a great organization that supports women writing fantasy and sf. This involved...

    ... downloading recording software, preparing a five minute reading - which is not simple - setting up microphone, learning to use the software, test reading, paring out words, more test readings, getting Exceptional Spouse help with setting up an amplifier so one could hear the reading, more test recording, paring out more words, editing out hiccups, etc. Now that I've done it all, it should only take a short time for the next one in April. Yeah, uh-huh.
    Flanked by fellow Adventurers Shannon Baker and Janet Fogg

  3. A five-day writing retreat in Fairplay. OK, I did get good writing done those days.

  4. Three critique group meetings with associated reading, of course.With Blythe and Kate in San Diego

  5. One extensive written critique I had donated as a prize to a writing organization.

  6. Travel planning for two convention trips.
  7. Planning for a Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers March workshop, called Words Words Words, to be presented with my most excellent fellow writer Susan Smith (aka Mackay Wood.)

  8. An extensive written interview for The Dallas Examiner and a shorter one for the Denver Examiner.

  9. Writing up proposed back copy (one of the most difficult tasks for this writer) and cover ideas for The Soul Mirror, due to my editor for a cover conference.
  10. Writing up workshop proposals for two writers conferences.
  11. Four doctors' appointments, three days working on income tax, two screening procedures (all is well), and a partridge in a ...

Yeah, they are taller!
Well, no wonder this felt like a fragmented season. That doesn't even count watching for reviews and references to the new book, and all those other things one should not fret about (but only non-humans could ignore).

So, with the schedule clearer for March, I hope to get back to regular blogging. In April, panic mode sets in with book deadline, Norwescon - doing not only the program of one of my favorite conventions but the Fairwood Writers Workshop, a terrific opportunity for new writers to get pro critiques - and the Pikes Peak Writers Conference - speaking at one of my favorite conferences.


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