You know what’s even more awesome than breakfast at Cindy’s House of Pancakes in Seattle? Having it with fellow members of the HWA Northwest chapter, that’s what!
Local chapter major-domo Angel Leigh McCoy organized a little get-together for us. Besides being a great opportunity to hang out with Angel and Jennifer Brozek who I had not seen in months, I also got to meet a few people I had not met outside of Twitter, as well as author Pete Mesling, who I had met before this morning.
Fellow Twitternaut Mae Empson shares a table of contents with me in Cthulhurotica so it was great meeting her face to face. Her blending of Greek and Cthulhian myth is inspired and perfectly executed, so check it out when the book comes out.
And speaking of Cthulhurotica, it turns out that Ms. Brozek’s PA, Lily (who I also follow on Twitter), was one of the initial readers for my story “The Fishwives of Sean Brolly.” Her reaction was…let’s just say, “encouraging.” It always makes a horror-writer’s day, heck, his whole week, to hear that a reader is disturbed enough to set the story down and walk around a bit afterwards. Apparently I cost her a bit of sleep, which is perhaps one of the sweetest things anyone has said to me in a week. 🙂
Over the course of a few hours pancakes, hash and eggs, and enough coffee to float the U.S.S. Nimitz were consumed. (The three people sitting closest to me all had hash and eggs, and I have no idea why I find that strange. It’s like they planned ahead, or something. I don’t know.) Plotting was done for potential collaborations, future convention things, possible readings, and maybe even a getaway to somewhere haunted where we could write and try not to get eaten by the beasties.
It was a fantastic morning. 2011 is going to be a brilliant year. I can already taste it. It tastes, suspiciously enough, like buckwheat pancakes, country sausage, and coffee.