Last weekend, I attended the first annual Imaginarium Louisville – a convention for writers, readers, and cover artists. This was easily the best-organized, friendliest, and best-programmed convention I’ve attended in the last 5 years or more. And it wasn’t just the folks running the event who made it awesome. I met some intensely creative, fun, and interesting people last weekend that I look forward to seeing at next year’s Imaginarium (if not at another event in the meantime!) One of the things I’ve always appreciated about being around other writers is that 99% of all writers I’ve met are generous with advice, interested in everything, and respectful of others’ styles and ideas.
The only down side is, now I’m so fired up about writing AND I HAVE NO TIME TO DO IT!!!!! School, much as I enjoy it, and work (lucky as I am to have two part-time jobs that I love) and all things related to school and work take up pretty much all of my time…and what little I have left is used on maintaining my sanity and doing things like, you know, sleeping, eating, and taking showers on a daily basis. However, winter break will be here before I know it… If I am never NOT insanely busy (and I hate being busy, so this is fairly likely), here are the things I want to work on:
1. The second edition of The Life and Death (but mostly the death) of Erica Flynn, which will be released through Per Bastet Publications as soon as I finish proofreading it and writing the new “director’s cut” scene in the final 1/3 of the book. This will hopefully happen in early October!
2. The second book of the trilogy (yes, I said trilogy), which is partially underway.
3. A full collection of post-apocalyptic short stories, all set in the same world as “She Who Dines on Heavenly Food,” my cyber/steam punk crossover starring Penelope & Puddingfoot. And yes, I want to write a second Penelope & Puddingfoot story…I’ve already written the beginning.
4. Another book of speculative fiction short stories (which I haven’t started) based on pieces of Russian history.
Now, all I have to do is graduate…
I was at Imaginarium and had a great time. The panels and workshops were a treasure trove of information. Here is my rundown of the weekend:
BTW, I completely understand about being too busy. I’m going to school part-time, have a full time job, family, etc. It is crazy trying to plant the butt down long enough to get anything done.
Wow – I can’t imagine trying to do writing, school, work, AND a family! Kudos! The best method I’ve found is just to set myself a low word count goal for every day and keep plugging away…on busy days, I still get a little writing time in, and on days with a little more flexibility, I go way over my word count goal and feel great about it! Haha! Right now, though, I’m having trouble even doing that much. *sigh*