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Writing, Conventions, and Stuff

Fired what I hope will be the final set of edits on “Sword of Fate” to my editor the other night. Took a bit longer with this set than I had anticipated, but life is funny that way. Now it’s just a matter of waiting for the line edits and it’ll be coming out in December. As I said before, it’s going to be strange not writing about my Rogue with no name, but I have a feeling I’m not done with him forever.


With that done, I’m back to work on the other two short stories with deadlines looming as well. I’m doing final (personal) edits on it before submitting it to the editor and then I have to finish writing my other story by the end of December. Time is flying this year.

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I really enjoyed World Fantasy Fair a couple of weekends ago. It was an adventure given the state of affairs for the Washington D.C. metro, but once I could get to the convention, the panels were well run and highly interesting, plus just getting to hang out and visit with some old friends and getting to meet some new ones was worth the price of admission.


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Today was the start of an older, yet new, convention. The old “Darkover” Con has now become ChessieCon and they’re holding it at the North Baltimore Crown Plaza – the same hotel that Farpoint Convention is held at.


It’s my first time attending and there were good things and bad thing, probably mostly driven by the fact it was my first time. I checked in at the Con, only to find out I’d checked in at the wrong place. Guest check-in was not located with regular check-in, but there was nothing to say where guests were to check in. The good part was it was a “no harm, no foul” situation. I just had to check in twice, but both were pretty darn painless. so we’ll call that a wash.


I checked out the room I was going to do the Writer Beware panel in and noticed there was no A/V support. Luckily, because this has happened before, I had brought my little mini-projector and was ready to hook it up to my computer except for one thing . . . the cord was just a bit too short and I hadn’t brought an extension. Luckily, one of the staffers had a spare extension in his trunk and it worked out well. So, we’ll score that a wash too (no A/V support, but good ad-lib support to get me up and operational).


Unfortunately, a guest in a motorized wheelchair decided to use the room I was about to present in for a private phone call between panels. I was happy to let him use the room since no one had showed up yet, but on his way out, his chair caught the door stopper and partially ripped it out of the door, so I couldn’t prop the door open to let people know there was a panel ready to begin – (door was tinted) – but luckily some people had come specifically for the panel, so I wound up with an audience anyway. We’ll call this wash #3.


After my panel, I met Joni Kouvelis White and Kashi Tan at the dealers area. Joni has put several pieces of chain mail and steampunk jewelery into the ChessieCon art show. We’re hoping she gets as much attention here as she got at Balticon earlier this year. There are some very nice things in the art show here, and Kashi wants me to pick up something when I get to the show tomorrow since they weren’t doing “quick sales” tonight.


Tomorrow I have a reading at 11 and then my panels on using maps in your work at 12 as well as “World Creation” at 5pm. Nothing scheduled for Sunday, so that’ll be my day for shopping.


So, we survived Thanksgiving and the first day of a convention. Not a bad start to the holiday season.


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

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