If truth be told, I’m still feeling a little shellshocked from Worldcon. Usually I come back from events eager to push my writing harder but after a double weekend of Nine Worlds and Worldcon I instead find myself feeling like I still need to decompress. As a result, I’ve got very little actual writing done.
It always bothers me, and especially so when I have so much work to do, when I get behind on writing. I’ve tried to go a little easy on myself. House buying radiates stress in the background and I keep reminding myself that some time, hopefully soon, I’ll be moved with dedicated writing space. Then the word count will mount like the bodies in a George R R Martin novel!
Coming off the tablets for the duration of the events gave me some problems with the leg, so combined with out of hours on-call work from the day job there’s been no geocaching this weekend. It looks like it’s stopped bleeding finally which is good because it kept sticking to my bandages, causing me to reopen the wound every night when I came to remove them.
The net result is a bank holiday weekend where I’ve not done much.
That would usually feel like a wasted opportunity but instead I’ve been reading a lot. I’ve found, especially this year, that writing is eating into my reading time and I’ve made a conscious effort to claw some of that time back.
It’s hard to write about something like Worldcon. The multi-day, 10,000 plus attendee event seemed like it lasted a pleasant lifetime for people who were there and we’ve all emerged a little shell-shocked.
In many ways, it was no different to other conventions where the usual suspects meet up, go to panels, drink beer and swap gossip… but on a Galactus world-eating scale. However, I think the thing I’ll take away from Worldcon was how intimate it felt.
At the start of this year I set myself a huge challenge – to write four novels in 2014. A few friends said I was crazy but as I replied I have good processes now and even if I ended up with just one completed novel it would be better than nothing. As long as I didn’t let quality slip, anything more was just a bonus.
Eight months in, and I’m really happy with the progress. I’ve written about a quarter of a million words so far (some good, some not so good) and already completed one novel with everything else progressing along nicely. I’ve lost a few weeks due to house buying but hope to try and claw that back in the last third of the year.
A little late notice but I’m happy to announce that I will be doing a reading as part of the pirate program at this year’s World Science Fiction Convention. I’ll be on sometime between 5pm and 7pm (mostly likely, if they follow the order, somewhere around 6pm). It’ll be at the bandstand in the fan village (over behind the stairs leading up to the dealers room)
Not decided what I’ll be reading yet – possibly something from The Four Realms, maybe something from Black As Knight – but if you are at Worldcon and are able to come and give me support, it’ll be greatly appreciated.
Hope to see some of you there!
New GPSTrackLog Article on Creating PQs With GSAK
My latest geocaching article for GPSTrackLog looks at GSAK again this month. This time I’ll show you how you can use GSAK to create your Pocket Queries for you. Be Sure to check it out!
Scrivener Article At Fantasy-Faction
This month over at Fantasy-Faction I ask the question “So What’s The Fuss About Scrivener?” This article on the popular word processing software for writers seems to have generated a lot of positive response so please check it out!
I’ve been feeling a bit frazzled lately. My friend and fellow writer, Stephen Aryan, suggested that I needed a good convention and perhaps he was right. I’ve been working incredibly hard this year and have become a little frayed around the edges. Couple this with day job stress, trying to buy a house and ongoing recuperation; I could really do with getting away from my desk to recharge a little.
This was my first Nine Worlds convention. A lot of friends had gone to it last year and had great time so I was expecting a lot. And to be honest, it delivered.
I’ve been so incredibly busy, what with novels being both written and edited, BFS Award judging, house buying, and the like, I realise it’s been a few weeks since I updated the blog. It’s always the way when the most is going on that I update the least!
However, if you to see me in person, I will be at a couple of conventions this month.
The first is Nine Worlds this weekend in Heathrow, followed by Loncon3 in London the following week. I’m not participating in any panels so you’ll mostly find me in or around the bar; but feel free to come up and say hello. As always I have a convention game to play. so be sure to ask me the rules! This one could be a lot of fun!
Hope to see some of you there!