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Archive for October, 2014

Progress Report, in which I recount some highlights

Last week was all about MileHiCon, which was a swell time, as always.  Some highlights:

My reading went quite well.  I was sharing my slot with two other writers, so my time was limited.  I decided to go with “Fuel,” which I’ve read before, but which audiences tend to enjoy.  I didn’t have time during the panel to get through the whole thing, but I got requests afterward to read the rest.  Which I did, and which got a positive response.

A panel on managing exposition was surprisingly well attended.  In fact, the room was filled to capacity.  Who could have known that topic would be so popular?

I was pleasantly surprised by the “Ask the Authors” panel.  I was a little afraid that there would be nothing but crickets for this one, but people actually came, and we had some fun discussions.

And of course, I got to meet all kinds of groovy new people and chat up old friends.  There wasn’t enough time to see everyone, but then, there never is.  Also, I was a bit under the weather for the con, but was able to secure appropriate medication.  Sudafed, my friends.  Accept no substitutes.  (Thanks again, Lou.)

And that’s it for the 2014 Rotundo World Tour.  Now I just need to figure out my next novel.

Wish me luck with that, wouldya?

No updates for Write Club.

I’m out.

Current Music: "Icky Thump"--The White Stripes

Progress Report, in which I feel brave and reckless

When we last left our hero, he had pretty much written himself into a corner.  But wait!  What’s this?  Looks like an update from Magic Meter!

Ha!  Take that, stubborn story!

And that’s a first draft.  Since I didn’t put it in the Codex contest, I suppose there’s no need for anonymity:  it’s called “The Applause,” although that title might change.  I’m still not sure the piece works, but then, I never am.

And what the hell—since I’m feeling all brave and reckless, here’s a snippet:

As Crystal takes the stage, I huddle in the shadows in the corner of the bar, wondering if I am actually capable of killing her—or whoever it was that did this to me.  An hour ago, I wasn’t so sure.  But with every minute that passes, I become more certain that I can do it, that I will do it.  If I have to.

Cheerful, eh?  Hey, what did you expect?  It’s a Halloween story.

Now I have to get ready for MileHiCon, and figure out my next novel project.  I’m kinda interested to learn what it will be, because at the moment, I got nothin’.  So that’s exciting.

Kind of.

No updates for Write Club.

Laterz . . .

Current Music: "Rub Me Raw"--Warren Zevon

Where to Find Matt at MileHiCon 46

The last stop of the 2014 Rotundo World Tour is upon us:  MileHiCon 46, October 24-26, in Denver.  Here’s my schedule:

Friday, October 24

3:00 pm–WriterMatch.com: Choosing a Writers’ Group (Grand Mesa B-C)

7:00 pm–Short Story Sampler, Vol. 1: Discussion & Readings (Mesa Verde C)*

Saturday, October 25

2:00 pm–Keeping Expository Lumps Digestible (Mesa Verde A)

Sunday, October 26

1:00 pm–Ask the Authors (Mesa Verde C)

*Remember that I always bring bribes treats to my readings.  Come for a treat, stay for a tale—that’s my motto.  Or would be, if I had a motto.

I love MileHiCon.  Hope to see you there!

Current Music: "Thunder Road"--Bruce Springsteen