Guest blog over on What Writers Read. I talk about the following: The Native Star, And Then She Was Gone (The Clarke Lantham Mysteries), and a few other books.
OryCon seemed to me a high cosplay, panel focused, calm energy, charmingly managed convention. For me it was mostly quiet moments people watching, food with friends, and pleasant conversations with fan folk. Friday was a “start as you mean to go on” kind of situation. I had a delicious meal with a lovely group of Portland lady authors and retired early.
What I wore:
What I did: Just the one panel.
First Novels: Paths to the Editor Desk
What it was supposed to be about: An author can struggle for months or years before achieving their first success, but even after writing their opus, they can be tripped up by a process which is both entirely new to them and yet critical to their success. This panel describes what an author may experience as they revel in their first success.
My fellow panelists were: M.K. Hobson, Christina F. York, Bruce Taylor
What we really talked about: our own experiences getting to publication, how different they were from each other, how long it took us to get there. Mary was an excellent moderator and the crowd asked many questions, which is always nice. (Mary also has the most delicious voice and very precise way of speaking that makes her instantly recognizable in a crowd. A rare gift.)
Later on that evening Dan and I wandered out into the park outside the hotel and because he had a new lens and the atmosphere was so misty and wonderful we did a photo shoot. (He’s one of my photographers as well as a fellow author and writing buddy. Some of shots came out truly amazing. Here is sample. All images are copyright J. Daniel Sawyer.)
Day 1 Tally:
Pairs of Shoes: 1
Cups of tea: 3
Costume Awards: 2 (which is odd for someone not wearing a costume)
Bookewyrme says, “Alexia is absolutely the type of heroine I love to read about, and she certainly did not disappoint in any part of Soulless.”
SPOILER ALERT! First two books on Crooked Reviews, “I was drawn to this [series] because the main female character doesn’t quite fit into the typical urban fantasy female lead mold. Sure she’s tough, self-sufficient and speaks her mind (much to her mother’s horror), but she’s described as dark, swarthy, large-nosed and plump.”
Even bigger SPOILER ALERT! Really, DON’T READ THE BLURB ON AMAZON if you haven’t read the other books first. Aradia says, “the third book of The Parasol Protectorate series by Gail Carriger was too short. Yeah, I know; all my favorite books are too short!”
Heartless: Back from editor Draft 7.
Timeless: Just an outline, making sure I pick up cookies and threads.
Secret Project F: Axed down and back with the agent.
Quote of the Day:
“But I must go back again to the beginning of this surprising time. While the fears of the people were young, there were increased strangely by several odd accidents, which put altogether, it was really a wonder the whole body of the people did not rise as one man and abandon their dwellings, leaving the pale as a space of ground designed by Heaven for an Aceldama, doomed to be destroyed from the face of the earth, and that all that would be found in it would perish with it.”
~ A journal of the Plague Years Daniel Defoe 1722