In a nutshell, Norwescon was outstanding. I could go on about the wonderful friends I spent the weekend with.could rave about the great new friends and contacts I made. I could share the goofy good times watching cult films in the hotel room, or awesome panels I was on or watched. I could gloat about the amazing and famous artist I chatted with over beer. Or I could get giddy talking about the seriously disturbing print, painted for one of my favorite short stories, that I managed to score. I might even be inclined to share the details about the anthologies and other publications I’ve been encouraged to submit to.
But I won’t.
Instead, I’ll give this brief update: it was a mind-blowing 4 days in the company of my peers, talking about the one thing I love to do more than anything in the world – writing. New projects will come from this weekend. Old projects, in particular the Cobalt Universe books are going to be re-examined as I contemplate how to publish and distribute going forward. And I feel re-invigorated, alive with the possibility of what comes next.
Today, Close Encounters of the Urban Kind is released, an anthology which I am overjoyed to be a part of. “Frames of Reference” is a truly creepy piece of work, and I’m excited for people to read it. And Saturday the 10th and Thursday the 15th, I have two high-profile readings with friends promoting the anthology.
Friday, I was informed that “Deacon Carter’s Last Dime” is on the storySouth Notable stories of 2009 list. I read the story out loud for the first time at the con that afternoon, and was reminded how much I love it.
That’s enough chatter for now.
Time to get back to the writing!