Started college on the 28th of August. I wound up having to scramble to get into The Short Story, which is showing signs of being a very interesting class. We've covered The Fox and the Grapes, The Creation Story from Genesis, The Story of an Hour and The Lottery the past two weeks. (Wound up doing this weeks homework assignment in the Hartsfield International Airport . . . more on that later.) It looks like my Ethics in Literature class is going to be a lot of fun also.
2) Dragon*Con was a blast.
The good: Had a great time at my table in Artist's Alley. Met a lot of really cool people who were either sitting with me throughout the show or else were stopping by to visit. Picked up some GREAT sketches for my con sketch book to include an absolutely wonderful Donald Duck sketch by Don Rosa. Had a chance to visit with Bill Hollbrook of Kevin and Kell fame again as well as another sketch. I'm going to have all of his characters in my book eventually. Sold several copies of Troubleshooters Incorporated and Chronicles of the Sea Dragon, my two comics, and the Ultimate Hulk anthology. If I'd have had any paperback copies of SCE #63 Echoes of Coventry, I could have sold a ton of them. The Trek fans sounded very interested when I told them about the story idea.
I had a great deal of fun watching Tee Morris trying to absorb his first Dragon*Con. Well worth the price of admission right there.
Great panels. I thought Anime 101 went well and the two Sunday night panels were well-attended and well-received (I think). Most of the feedback I got was positive, anyway. I'm hoping they'll invite me to do my panels again next year. The comic panel went well, although not quite as many attended it and the Star Trek panel was good, but suffered from Monday afternoon blues (tired panelists and small crowds). Still, my hat's off to the track coordinators . . . Great job, every one of you.
Having a blast in the Draco Vista party suite. It was a ball getting to meet all the various podcasters to include the Raving Scotsman. (Ian, you magnificent bastard, you!)
The bad: Not getting to meet relevantpink or Tracy Hickman like I had hoped. Just too much to do with the table in Artist's Alley and too much ground to cover. I still managed to pick up a picture she'd put in the Art Auction and have it here beside my computer.
Waiting an hour at the baggage carousel in Atlanta waiting for my luggage to appear, then finding out they managed to blow up one of the drinks I'd brought in my suitcase all over my white shirts. Got to spend a couple of hours in the lovely laundry rooms in the basement of the Amerisuites hotel rather than seeing Dragon*Con (it was almost 6pm by the time I got my badge on Friday . . . a tad too late to set up in Artist's Alley that day).
Going to the Art Show Reception only to find out most of the artists had skipped out. While it was fun looking at the art, I love visiting with the artists . . . which is hard to do if they're not there!
The bag with all my stuff for sale disappearing on the flight from Atlanta to Baltimore. Considering I arrived at the airport almost five hours before my flight, you'd think they could get it on my plane, no? It finally arrived sometime Tuesday evening.
3) The Big News
Opened my e-mail at work on Tuesday to find a letter from an agent I pitched Harbinger to back in July. She liked the pitch and has asked for the first three and a synopsis (which I'm feverishly revising one last time).
I had to walk around the halls of where I work three times to calm down enough to get back to work. :D
I realize this isn't a done deal by any stretch of the imagination, but it's hard not to be excited. As I told someone, all this means is my tee shot hit the fairway. There's still a water hazard (synopsis and chapters) and a sand trap (full manuscript) to surmount before I hit the green (contract). But, as they say, I'm at least in the game and not standing outside the clubhouse door looking in.
OK, it's been three days and I'm still officially geeked. So, sue me. ;D
I think I've bored you all enough now. Go do something creative!