I can’t believe we’re sitting at October already. Where has the year gone?
Okay, it’s still only September 30th as I write this, knowing it will post tomorrow morning. But by my clock, we’re about an hour and a half away.
Snake River Fandom Con is wrapped up for this year. I am signed up to attend next year. It will be earlier in September. I’ll be sending a list of my 2019 shows in a later newsletter, as well as updating on my websites when I have a moment. Right now, the con in Pocatello was my last show of the year, though I do hope to find another one or two before this year closes out. Heck, I still have one who box of books that I haven’t even opened up yet, so I want to do that before year end.
After the show, I had dinner with my boys, one of which lives in Pocatello right now while he’s going to school. That’s another thing that makes SRFC so nice because I get to spend some extra time with my baby.
Then, Adrian and I drove home. He’s got work tomorrow. I’ve got to go get the dogs and get things settled, so I’m betting that Monday, when this posts, is going to be another busy day.
Many authors fear reviews. They want them, but anything less than 5-stars seems to shatter them. I don’t read reviews anymore. I used to, but I just don’t go there now. I know I would end up carrying those voices back into my writing room. My artist child is too sacred to me to rent out that head space. I’ve done that and it took me a long time to crawl out from under my bed, so to speak.
So, imagine my surprise when I woke from a nightmare about getting a 1-star review on Quest for the Three Books. Lame! Dumb!
It was probably Loki trying to wake me up so I’d go get to work on the audiobooks. If so, he’s got my number.
I’ve spent quite a bit of time thinking about getting a small tablet for my sound booth because I tire of changing pages so often on my iPhone. First world problems, I know. But knowing that I’d mostly be using it for that, I didn’t want to go to the expense of an iPad.
My son recently bought a 10″ Kindle Fire for school and really liked it. I wasn’t certain I wanted something that big in the booth. In 9 square feet, space is at a premium.
Then I saw that a 7″ Kindle Fire for $35. Done. I can live with ads on the lock screen — as long as they don’t pop up at me as I’m trying to get stuff done, I’m good.
So I started working on the audio to For a Good Time, Call Loki this weekend and I saw some passages that others had highlighted. Generally, I have things like that turned off — again, distraction, plus I make a lot of my own notes, so I don’t like it overlapping. These highlights were passages that I presume other people found humorous. I know I was laughing when I saw what they were. See? Distraction.
But I got to thinking that I should look at some of my other books because maybe I could find things that resonate with other people and use those.
DAWN, WHY ARE YOU SO STUPID????!!!!
I have more business cards (I thought I might run out at FanX!) and I have restocked my books. I have new labels for the backs of my paintings. I think I’m ready to go.
Snake River Fandom Con — let’s do this!
As I mentioned when I wrote my post for FanX a few weeks ago, one of the best thing about conventions is getting to meet up with people I’ve gotten to know at other shows. FanX was so busy that I didn’t get away to visit as much as I would have liked to. I did meet some great new people, as previously discussed, but I couldn’t visit with others as much as I wanted. And by the end of the day, I’m tired, hungry, and want to go get some sleep. I’m old!
I like participating in smaller cons, like Snake River Fandom Con in Pocatello, ID, because it’s not such a hectic pace. I will get to visit with people a bit more.
I’d like to introduce you now to one of my friends who will be there in Pocatello, Jeff Stagg. Jeff and I met several years ago at FanX (then called Salt Lake Comic Con). We were a line of three writers (with another writer, who had sci-fi stories) and we were bouncing people between us. I had a lot of fun and a lot of laughs. It was really great to link arms with other writers, especially since our stories were so vastly different that we could “refer” pretty easily. If someone came up and said that they wanted scary, thriller type stuff, I’d send them to Jeff. If someone told him that they liked fantasy, he sent them down to me. Yeah, I thought it worked really well.