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Archive for May, 2010

Progress Report, in which rewrites and coach seats don’t mix

Back from my trip to Hartford and NYC.  Fabulous times were had, and one important lesson was learned:  if you’re in the middle of a novel rewrite, and you’re flying coach, it’s physically impossible to revise your ms and refer to your handwritten revision notes at the same time.  Furthermore, if the person sitting in front of you has his/her seat reclined, you will be just barely able to open your aging laptop enough to read your monitor.  Attempts to be productive at such times will only result in making you look very, very silly. 

Something to keep in mind.

A whirlwind visit to the Big Apple is also not conducive to writing progress.  But you probably knew that one already.

On the plus side, it’s possible–just barely possible–that inspiration for my next novel has struck.  Gotta play around with this for a bit.  I’ll let you know how that goes.

No updates for Write Club.

Back to the grindstone . . .

Progress Report, in which I encounter a big if

Rewrote the first four chapters of Wet Work last week, and you know what that means . . . 

Yes, folks, it’s time for the long-awaited return of Magic Meter!

Why, hello, old friend.  I’ve missed you.

All that note-making I’ve been doing over the past several weeks (aka The Roadmap) is apparently paying dividends.  If I can keep up this pace, I’ll have the second draft knocked out by the end of June, latest.

But wouldn’t you know it–I leave tomorrow for Hartford, CT, on day job goodness, and thence to NYC for a little Memorial Day weekend jaunt.  Laptop is primed and ready, so maybe I’ll get some work done on the plane, but anything beyond that is looking kinda doubtful.

So that’s a pretty big if, kids.

While I’m on the subject of the laptop–I’m pleased to report that Dropbox seems to work just fine on a Windows 2000 machine.  I’ve had it on the new PC for a few months now, and have been very pleased with it, but I was unsure if it would install on my aging laptop.  Turns out it did.  This makes my life a little easier, and anything that makes my life easier gets a thumbs-up.  So thank you, Dropbox.  Much obliged.

No updates for Write Club.

Gotta pack now . . .

(And if yer in NYC and available for a meetup with the wife and I, let me know in comments, wouldya?  Maybe we can work something out.)

Announcing: The 2010 Rotundo World Tour!

Con season is upon us again, so I thought I’d update all and sundry on where I’ll be this summer:

July 23-25
Omaha, NE
OSFest (The Omaha Science Fiction and Fantasy Festival)

August 5-8
Raleigh, NC
ReConStruction (NASFiC)

September 3-6
Atlanta, GA

I’m also trying to decide between MileHiCon and World Fantasy Con.  Can’t do ’em both.  The former would be considerably cheaper for me than the latter, as we can stay with friends in Denver–so that’s the way I’m leaning for now.  Will update you when I know more.

Unrelated to any conventions–I’ll also be in NYC over Memorial Day weekend.  I hear there might be a thing or two to do there . . .

If you’ll be at any of these venues, drop me a line in comments.  I sure hope to see you.