It seems the done thing these days for writers to announce when they are attending conventions. They announce any launches they will be doing, any signings they’ll be holding, any readings they’ll be performing and any panels they’ll be attending.
I, on the other hand, will be in the bar. I’m not advanced enough in my career to be launching anything, not popular enough to be signing anything, not brave enough to perform anything, and not informed enough to be of any benefit to any panel.
Which is fine as I’m looking forward to catching up with a few friends. I’m also hoping that my statement a couple of days ago of “my immune system is overactive, I will not catch your cold” holds true, as currently I feel rougher than a pair of badger’s nadgers.
If you do see me, please feel free to come over and say “Hi”. I’m terrible with faces, so please tell me where I know you from (even if only from online), so I can lie and say “Of course I know who you are” and therefore avoid those awkward silences as I rack my brain going “where do I know this person from?” Trust me, it’ll be better for both of us.
On a more serious note, I do hope to use Fantasycon to speak to a few people and get some specific advice as the novel slowly makes its way to being ready to submit. And how’s that going? Well, I’d hoped to finish today but it’s looking like tomorrow and Friday daytime will be put to good use trying to battle to the end. There are no real major hold ups other than procrastination.
Hopefully I will be able to get drunk at Fantasycon with a completed draft behind me… and absolutely no cold!