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Coninsanity

I’ve spent the last almost-three weeks in my own personal “con season.” It’s been an amazing time, albeit exhausting. The bulk of the insanity was a 12-day, cross-country excursion to Tampa and Portland. I left home on April 16 and didn’t return until April 27—and then Outlantacon was 5 days after that!

I started my trip in Tampa for RainbowCon, which was pretty awesome. We had some great panel sessions—I sat on panels about author etiquette and stereotypes in fiction—and the vendor room stayed pretty busy. I left with just one book left from the ones I brought, though of course I had a stack of new ones I purchased from others! I shared a table with the fabulous Nicole Dennis, and we were set up right next to Grace R. Duncan, so we had a great time. It was so great to see so many friends again and to meet some new people. Best surprise: Brandon Shire stopping by! (He’s freaking adorable, too. LOL)

Once RainbowCon ended, I went home with cousins who live nearby for a couple of days off. I mostly did as little as possible: soaked in the hot tub, sat by the pool, ate some great food, and slept a lot. I did write a blog post and worked on plotting my next books, but I focused on resting up because I knew I’d need it!

On Wednesday, April 23, after a quick trip to St. Pete beach, I hopped a plane to Portland by way of Detroit, getting to the hotel at 10:30 local time. Naturally, my body felt like it was 1:30 a.m., so after unpacking the absolute bare minimum and drinking a little chocolate milk, I crashed hard. Thursday, I took care of two Portland touristy essentials: lunch from a food truck (a really good gyro) and doughnuts from Voodoo Doughnuts. When I got back, I started meeting up with people, and if I tried to list them all, I’d leave people out. But I got to see many of my favorite people and meet a bunch more, and that is always awesome.

The workshop itself was fun and interesting. Lots of information about sales and marketing, suggestions for writing specifics, and plenty of laughter. I had a good talk with Elizabeth North, pinning myself down to a three-book series commitment in the process (eep!), and several other Dreamspinner staffers, in addition to a bunch of authors. Nothing like feeling like you’ve found your people. 🙂

I did manage to squeeze in dinner with a local friend, though plans with another fell through just because I was too tired to think by then. I did hit up a couple more food trucks and wander through the Powell’s location at the airport. Portland is a lovely city, and I’d love to go back at some point.

I flew home last Sunday, along with Nessa Warin and Paul Richmond, which led to quite a bit of insanity, some of which might actually make it into a book (pokes Nessa). Of course, by the time I got home, I was dead on my feet and pretty much only had time to collapse into a bed. I did have to work the next day. 🙂

I survived last week, barely, and picked up J.P. Barnaby and Kage Alan from the airport on Thursday to kick things off. I went to the Eagle with J.P. and William Cooper for the Outlantacon kickoff party, had to work briefly Friday morning, and then spent the weekend doing the panels I listed on Friday and the rest of the time in the dealer room, selling books. We had a big pile of print copies of Butt Ninjas from Hell and sold quite a few. And of course we’re already planning for the next anthology or two. 😉

I’m finishing this up Sunday night, and I’m so tired it’s taking me twice as long to parse things as I go. I should probably stop writing and go get some sleep. Back to the EDJ in the morning!

Outlantacon Panel Schedule

GconThumbnailI’ll be at Outlantacon/Gaylaxicon this weekend, mostly doing things related to the Butt Ninjas from Hell anthology. When I’m not on a panel, I’ll have a spot in the vendor room, but here’s where you can come to listen to me blather:

Butt Ninjas from Hell: The Back Story
Saturday, May 3, 3:00 PM, Dekalb Room
It’s the sequel to Butt Pirates from Space! Meet the authors of the new Butt Ninjas from Hell Anthology prior to joining them for their book signing party. Presented by: Kage Alan, JP Barnaby, Ally Blue, TC Blue, Shae Connor, Jevocas Green, Kiernan Kelly, and Eden Winters. 

Writers Workshop Series: Fan Fiction vs Pro Writing

Saturday, May 3, 4:00 PM, Decatur II

Some rules are universal, but there are a few distinct differences between writing fan based fiction vs the big leagues. Our experts share their secrets. Mentors: Shae Connor, JP Barnaby, and Kayelle Allen.

 

Butt Ninjas From Hell Book Release Party

Saturday, May 3, 7:00 PM, Magnolia Room (Con Suite)

Check out this ninja themed party and get to know the authors of the hot sequel to Butt Pirates in Space. Refreshments provided. Presented by: Kage Alan, JP Barnaby, Ally Blue, TC Blue, Shae Connor, Jevocas Green, Kiernan Kelly, Eden Winters

 

Whedon Universe!

Sunday, May 4, 12:00 PM, Decatur I

Can’t get enough Avengers, Buffy, Angel, or Firefly? Neither can we! Let’s talk about it. Presented by: Shae Connor, Kage Alan, and TC Blue

 

Potter

Sunday, May 4, 2:00 PM, Dekalb Room

Potter-verse, Pottermore, and beyond. We’re just wild about Harry. Presented by: JP Barnaby and Shae Connor.

 

Inspiration and Process

Sunday, May 4, 3:00 PM, Decatur I

How does an aspiring author find creative inspiration, stay motivated, and get from the blank page to editing the final draft? Presented by: Shae Connor and JP Barnaby.

I’m Going to RainbowCon…

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LisaT started a silly little game for those of us going to RainbowCon. I like silly little games, so here you go!

I’m going RainbowCon, and in my suitcase I’m bringing…

ninjacups

Are they not the cutest little ninjas you’ve ever seen?? I’ll have a few to give away, and who knows what you might find inside? 😉

RWA Plans and Schedule

This week is the Romance Writers of America national convention here in Atlanta. I’ll be heading down to the host hotel on Wednesday (after picking my roomie J.P. Barnaby up at the airport!), and over the next few days, I’ll be trying to cram in as much as I can manage without killing myself (or my brain). I have an agenda of workshops laid out, and I’m hoping to meet lots of people I’ve gotten to know via social media these past few months. 🙂

My (very general) schedule:

Tuesday: Dinner with M/M author friends
Wednesday: Literacy Autographing, then the Smart Bitches, Trashy Books mustache party
Thursday: Workshops, workshops, workshops, and possibly the Georgia Romance Writers party
Friday: Workshops, workshops, workshops
Saturday: Workshops, workshops, oh yeah, and moderating a workshop (A Nose for Love: A Romance Writer’s Guide to Smell and Taste, 3:15–4:15, M303/M304). If I feel up to it after all that, then the RITAs. (Maybe.)

Otherwise, I’ll be hanging out in the atrium bar some of the time, and hiding in my room other times, because it’s gonna be a heck of a lot of information and people. Decompression time will be a must!

If you see me wandering or sitting around, please feel free to accost me… er, come up and introduce yourself. Especially if you give good hugs. 😉

Life and Other Complications

As those of you who follow me on social media may have noticed, I’ve been off my feet for the past few days after dropping a flute case on my foot from a height of about six feet. (Protip: put on shoes before you start a whirlwind cleaning effort.) Nothing is broken, but I didn’t stay off it for the first few days after it happened, so now I’m on day three of doctor’s orders to do so. Thankfully, it’s much better now, which is good, since I have three days in the office at the EDJ starting tomorrow, and that entails a walk of about a quarter mile from parking deck to cubicle.

rainbowheartsparkleAfter that, though, I have a long weekend for Independence Day, so I’ll be able to rest up more. I can even watch fireworks right from the comfort of my sofa! LOL

I’ll also be able to spend the long weekend writing. I’m working on two main projects right now. One is a best-friends-to-lovers story about high school football players. It would be the first in a trilogy to take them through their senior year of college. All three books are generally planned out, so now all I have to do is write them. The easy part, right? HA. In an attempt to focus, though, I’ve set an initial deadline of July 15 to have a rough draft of book one, so I’ll have something to talk about (if not actually pitch) at RWA. It will probably be VERY rough, but at least it’s something!

The other story is an erotic novella based around fetish play. So since the trilogy is a sweet romance, this is pretty much a 180-degree shift. It’s based on some observations from my trip to IML in Chicago last month, but since it’s not my kink, I’ll definitely be running it by some friends who are involved in that kind of play. (I wrote the first sex scene yesterday, and boy, that thousand words went by FAST.)

Unlike a lot of authors, I always have two (occasionally more) projects going at a time. I just get too bogged down trying to work on one at a time. I try to mix things up, though—in theme, length, style, content, etc.—so they work like palate cleansers for each other. My last two submissions were a sweet contemporary romance novella and an erotic scifi short story, written mostly at the same time.

Speaking of which, those stories are both in the editing/production pipeline. The short is due out later this summer from Wilde City Press, as part of their Charlie Harding Presents line. The novella will be part of a baseball-themed anthology with Kate McMurray, Marguerite Labbe, and Kerry Freeman, coming in the fall from Dreamspinner.

As far as longer-term planning, in addition to RWA, I’ll be in attendance at Dragon*Con (of course) and GayRomLit here in Atlanta, and I plan to be at both North Georgia/Marietta Pride (last weekend in July) and Atlanta Pride (second weekend in October). I’m also on the case for 2014 already, signed up as an author for RainbowCon in Tampa and with a hotel reservation for the RT Booklovers Convention in New Orleans next May. I haven’t decided for sure about RT, but it looks very likely at this point. The dates for Outlantacon aren’t final yet, so I’m hoping for no conflicts!

(Speaking of which, I had planned to go to the Folsom Street Fair against this year, because I had an amazing time in 2012. However, a family event may fall on that weekend, so it looks like I might have to miss it.)

Otherwise, well, life goes on. The EDJ is still there (and really, not particularly evil, except as jobs generally are). Family is doing well. Friends visited last weekend and we had a wonderful time. The weather is hot. Our apartment still needs work. My to-read list is extensive, and my book spending too high (not that that’s going to stop me). And it’s the last day of the quarter, so go out and buy stuff from your favorite authors so their royalty checks will be nice and fat, and they’ll keep on writing. 🙂

Gaylaxicon/Outlantacon Schedule

If you’re coming into Atlanta for Gaylaxicon/Outlantacon weekend, here’s where you’re likely to find me. All times/locations/etc. subject to change. I’ll also be around the vendor room off and on in between panels. 🙂

Saturday, May 4
10:00 AM
From Hoe to Pro (Dunwoody Room II)
For the self-proclaimed writing whores that would like to go professional. With Eden Winters.

11:00 AM
Writers Workshop: Traditional vs Self Publishing (Clairemont Boardroom)
Here’s the inside scoop on how to do it. With Kiernan Kelly.

2:oo PM
Writers Workshop: World Building (Clairemont Boardroom)
The environment we live in engages all our senses, sets a mood, and changes the way we interact with others. Shouldn’t your written environment do the same? With Kayelle Allen.

3:00 PM
Writers Workshop: Marketing for Authors (Clairemont Boardroom)
Think all marketing is the same? Think again. These experts reveal tips and tricks that are specific to authors. With Kayelle Allen.

4:00 PM
Butt Pirates in Space—the Back Story (Dekalb Room)
Meet the authors of the new Butt Pirates in Space Anthology prior to joining them for their book signing party. With Kiernan Kelly, T.C. Blue, and Kage Alan.

7:00–9:00 PM
Butt Pirates in Space Book Release Party (Con Suite)
Check out this 2 hr space pirate themed party and get to know the authors of this hot publication. With Kiernan Kelly, T.C. Blue, and Kage Alan.

Sunday, May 5
1:00 PM
Audience Turn-Offs in Social Media (Dekalb Room)
There are just some things you should never do online… especially if you are trying to promote your work. With Kayelle Allen.

3:00 PM
Lusting After Joss Whedon (Dekalb Room)
Part genius, part madman, Joss Whedon has given us greats like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly, Serenity, Cabin in the Woods, and the upcoming Avengers 2. Join artists as the discuss why they just can’t get enough of him. With Lee Martindale and TC Blue.

Pictures from Pride and GRL

I’ve had a whirlwind couple of weeks, with Atlanta Pride weekend before last and GayRomLit in Albuquerque last week. I had a wonderful time with some fantastic people, both old friends and new, and now I’m back home with an open schedule ahead of me. Rather than my trying to remember all the moments I’d like to share and forgetting far too much, have some pictures!

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Drive-By Updates

A few very quick updates from a very busy few weeks:

  • Finally broke 10,000 words on my primary current WIP, Trevor. Woot!
  • Working on a short story for an anthology coming out next spring.
  • Finished the cover art spec sheet for En Fuego, my novella releasing in December.
  • Headed to San Francisco this coming weekend for the Folsom Street Fair.
  • Getting together plans for the Atlanta Pride parade next month.

More to come soon! 🙂

Dragon*Con Schedule

For those who are interested in saying hi this weekend, here’s my schedule for Dragon*Con:

Thursday, August 30
1:30ish to 5PM: Working in the Daily Dragon office (Hyatt, Chicago room)

Friday, August 31
10PM to 4AM: Working in the Daily Dragon office (Hyatt, Chicago room)

Saturday, September 1
1 to 4PM: M/M Authors Meet and Greet (Marriott, 10th Floor)
10PM to 4AM: Working in the Daily Dragon office (Hyatt, Chicago room)

Sunday, September 2
1 to 4PM: M/M Authors Meet and Greet (Marriott 10th Floor)
10PM to 4AM: Working in the Daily Dragon office (Hyatt, Chicago room)

Book Signing Tonight!!

If you’re in the Atlanta area this weekend, come by and say hi!!