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Archive for July, 2013

Progress Report, in which I broaden your cultural horizons

OSFest dominated last week, as I knew it would.  This is my hometown con, so I really like to support it as best I can.  As I couldn’t attend in 2012, I was a tad nervous that the con staff would perhaps be a little miffed at me.

I needn’t have worried.  It was like I’d never been away.  Was very glad, too, to see so many of my writing peeps again, like Travis and Betsy and Daniel and Sherri and James and a bunch of others, too many to name.  It was also quite groovy to discuss salsa with Gail Carriger and to jam a bit at Room Con with Keith R.A. DeCandido.

Room Con was a blast, as always, with lots of singing along and general frivolity.  Jonathan Coulton’s “Re:  Your Brains” has become a perennial favorite.  This year, I debuted Paul and Storm’s “Write Like the Wind (George R.R. Martin),” which also went over well.  I played for five friggin’ hours, ably spelled by Travis and by intervals of belly dancing.  Yes, belly dancing.  Get over it.  We’re all about broadening your cultural horizons at Room Con, doncha know.

Anyway, around 2 a.m., what was left of my calluses finally forced my hand (see what I did there?), and I called it a night.

Had a reading the next morning, which I shared with Sherri.  It went over pretty well, I think (read:  we weren’t reading to an empty room).

By the time Closing Ceremonies wrapped up, I was pretty much dead on my feet—the sure sign of a successful con.

And as usual, I came away more fired up about my own writing.  Which, you know, I should probably get back to.

No updates for Write Club.

Later, gators.

Current Music: "Blues Deluxe"--Joe Bonamassa

Progress Report, in which I make a frightening discovery

So.  Completed my database updates and started digging through my stories with an eye toward finding new potential homes for them, and I discovered a kind of frightening thing:  I don’t have a whole lot of short stories to push into the world at this time.

Seriously.  I’ve been fortunate enough to sell a number of them, and my focus over the past several years has been on novels, which means I haven’t been able to replenish my inventory.  And now . . . well, not much remains—not much that isn’t destined for the fabled Trunk, anyway.

What’s a writer to do?

I guess this means that I’d better start selling novels.  They’re about all I have left to sell.  Which, you know, isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

Right.  Better get to it.

No updates for Write Club.

Forward march.

Current Music: "Mother's Dream"--Candlebox

OSFest 6!

It’s almost time for the next stop on the 2013 Rotundo World Tour:  OSFest, the Omaha Science Fiction and Fantasy Festival, July 26-28.  Obviously, it’s my hometown con, so I’m jazzed.

For them as are interested, here is my schedule:


Friday, July 26

6:00 pm–Fannish Match Game (Omaha F)


Saturday, July 27

10:30 am–Black Hair & Hungry Ghosts:  Asian Horror (Omaha B)

What is it that makes horror cinema from Asia so different? What is its appeal? Is it a fad, or is it here to stay?


12:00 pm–How to Construct Scenes (Colorado D)

A panel for writers on how to construct scenes for greatest dramatic impact. How to keep readers turning pages and biting their nails.


3:00 pm–Trial of JJ Abrams (Omaha F)

Has JJ Abrams ruined the Star Trek series or breathed new life into it? (Oooh . . . this will be fun.)


Sunday, July 28

10:30 am–Author Reading (Omaha E)

Not sure what I’ll be reading yet.  Guess I’d better decide.


Dates and times are subject to change, natch.

Look for me at the parties, too, especially RoomCon, where I’ll be playing a bit of guitar and helping my buddy Travis Heermann launch his new book, Sword of the Ronin.

Stop by and say howdy.

Current Music: "Hook"--Blues Traveler (from the Endless Soundtrack in My Head)