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The Good, the Bad, and The Con

First off, the good news this week. Along with getting back into the first week of the semester,  I added approximately 6000 words to On Wings of Steel. Which considering I was working around getting ready for class, class, and then getting ready for a conventions, is pretty good.

Also, my Advanced Composition class should be fun. Frenetic, but fun.  I start British Literature on Monday, so we’ll see how that goes.


Unfortunately, my good friend, Ann Crispin, passed away on Friday. Along with being my boss at Writer Beware, she was a fellow Trek author and just a great mentor. She took time out of her own busy schedule to aid me with trying to polish query letters and story synopsis and did her best to help me land a good agent. And she didn’t do it just because she knew me, she did it because she loved to help writers succeed.

Writing is not a zero-sum game. There’s a big audience out there and helping another author does not mean giving up part of your audience. It means helping that audience find more and more authors they like to read, which is the only way this field will survive. Ann understood that more than most and she loved to run writing seminars and query writing letter workshops at conventions and at the local community colleges.

She will be missed.


Day one of the Baltimore Comic Con is in the books. Sold some Troubleshooters Incorporated graphic novels, got some nice feedback from one of the readers, visited with Robert Greenberger, Inge Heyer, and Bob Ingersoll and a whole bunch of new people.

Had a great time sharing the booth with Steve Roman of Starwarp Concepts. (We’re at A205 at the show if you were looking for me.)

My family picked up a new sketch book for me today, so I’m going to try and get started on my second con sketch book tomorrow before the show gets underway. Also, hope to get away from the booth occasionally to catch up with some people I know are there.

Now, it’s time to unwind and relax.

Originally published at Richard C. White. Please leave any comments there.

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