My Norwescon 38 Schedule

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I’m absolutely thrilled to announce that not only will I be attending Norwescon 38 April 2-5, I’ll also be sitting on a few panels and giving a reading!  So if you’re planning to attend as well (or if you’re in the Seattle area and want to hang out) let me know!

Reading: Between the Garden and the Thorns
Thu 8:00pm-8:30pm – Cascade 1
Faced with a monstrous enemy she cannot touch, a warrior must choose between the family she is charged to protect and her dying comrades. Dark military fantasy. Rated PG

Next-Gen Publishing
Fri 3:00pm-4:00pm – Evergreen 3 & 4
Tod McCoy (M), Michael G. Munz, Stephanie Herman, Annie Bellet, Kurt Cagle
Not quite New York, not quite indie. What are the new, hybrid publishing models all about and what can they do for your career as an author?

Ask the Experts: Biology
Fri 4:00pm-5:00pm – Cascade 3 & 4
Dr. Misty Marshall (M), Alan Andrist, David J. Peterson, Stephanie Herman
Writers, looking to fine-tune the details of your story? Our panelists will take your questions about biology, evolution, language, medicine and more!

Pantsers & Structure
Sat 12:00pm-1:00pm – Cascade 7 & 8
Tori Centanni (M), Stephanie Herman, G. Willow Wilson, Patrick Swenson, John (J.A.) Pitts
Whether you write with an outline or fly by the seat of your pants, story blueprints are a powerful tool to help you get unstuck.

Your Anti-Procrastination First Aid Kit
Sat 1:00pm-2:00pm – Evergreen 1 & 2
Nina Post (M), Jennifer Brozek, Stephanie Herman, Kevin Scott, Harold Gross, Gregory A. Wilson
Do you love to write but don’t get as much writing done as you’d like to? Conquer your fears… and your rough draft.

Backyard Conservation
Sat 5:00pm-6:00pm – Cascade 5
Annie Morton (M), Stephanie Herman, Christina Coonradt, DameRuth
Whether you have a large yard or a small apartment balcony, you can create a safe, welcoming space for wildlife. Join our experts as they talk about what you can do to help bees, bats, ladybugs, sparrows and other critters. (Kid friendly.)

Origami Folding
Sun 1:00pm-2:00pm – Olympic 1
Stephanie Herman
Folding paper into beautiful shapes.

Hope to see you there!

A Big Move!

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Hi Everyone!

You might notice that The Wild Literati has suddenly jumped to a new host.  I felt like it was time for a bit of an upgrade.  So, here we are on WordPress, and hopefully the change is a good one.

Everything should have made the trip over all right, with the notable exception of my videos.  I’ll get those up as soon as possible, but for the moment, they’re missing.  If you find anything else that is missing or broken, let me know and I’ll get right on it.

Anyhow, enjoy!

Updates

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Well hi!

I’ve been a bit unpredictable recently, sorry about that. I intend to get back to posting weekly from now on, so hopefully the rest of life will fall in line.

Things have been crazy for the past month or so. Mostly that means harmless, fun things, like Norwescon or helping my dad get ready to move. There was also sickness, which thankfully has retreated so that only a lingering cough remains. Work is officially back in “summer” mode, which means I’m getting used to 5 8-hour days and fluctuating shift times again. Last week I took the rehab exam to hopefully get my name added to our permits. I’m pet-sitting a house full of animals, including a parrot, who just happens to be my best parrot-friend ever.

I planted a garden, and in an effort to distract myself from the one nasty thing that’s been going on that I’m not able to tell you about here, I learned all about orchids and got myself one. Hobbies in general keep me from fixating on negative things, and new hobbies are like crack when I first start them up… I’m happy to report it was a highly effective distraction.

As for the writing, here’s the rundown:

King’s Mark is currently still awaiting agent response. I’ve got 4 rejections on it, which means I need to pull out the next 4 on my list and send it to them. However, I had some comments on my first chapter that I am attempting to incorporate, but I think I’m burned out on revisions. So I’m going to wait for a little while and hopefully recharge my revision batteries.

Thieves is ticking along, slow and steady. I haven’t been able to give it the time I want to, but I got some work done on it. I’ll get the next chapter or two out to my critique group next week.

And that, my dearies, is all I have to report. Next week, I’ll post something a little more fun and exciting – hopefully something wildlife related. Until then, stay sweet!

Norwescon 35

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Hello all!

This is going to be a short update, since I’m suffering from a pretty nasty bout of influenza. I do apologize for any incoherent bits… my fever is still pretty high. But it’s been 2 weeks since my last post and I didn’t want to leave you hanging!

This past weekend was Norwescon 35, a SFF convention here in the Seattle area. I was lucky enough to be able to attend – my first con ever! It was all sorts of fun.

I spent most of my time in the writing panels, putting faces to names. There were lots of extremely talented writers there, including Mary Robinette Kowal, Jay Lake, Nancy Kress, Cat Rambo… all sorts of people that I’ve looked up to at a distance but now have physically seen. There were also publishing professionals there, and it was very interesting to hear magazine editors, small-press publishers, agents, and other “gatekeepers” talk about the industry as a whole (as well as give advice to us aspiring writers).

I think I had the most fun at the “one-on-one combat for writers” panel, where several accomplished martial artists and medieval reenactment folks put on a demonstration for us sit-on-our-bum types. The artist’s exhibition was also amazing – so much creativity. I nearly bought a clockwork owl necklace, but someone else had already picked it up by the time I went back for it.

Of course, the main reason for going was the Fairwood Writer’s Workshop, where I submitted the first three chapters of King’s Mark for critique by 4 pro-level writers. It was extremely helpful, I was able to get some personalized advice on a few things that have been problematic recently, and their observations were spot-on. As soon as I’m able to think straight, I’ll be working on incorporating their suggestions and getting my revised first chapters out to my next batch of agents.

Worst part of Norwescon – getting the flu of course!

See you all next week…

Off the Rails

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Well, this week went off the rails…

I planned to finish the polish of King’s Mark by now, but that didn’t happen. I managed to maintain steam through illness early on, but events later in the week sapped my energy. Sadly, I lost momentum.

Writing is different and enjoyable enough that most of the time it helps me divert my energy and focus off of things I would otherwise worry about. But although I could find the time this week, I couldn’t summon the energy or focus I needed. None of my usual techniques helped – I just kept dwelling on things I couldn’t change. So I guess I still need to develop discipline!

Last night I decided to bow before the onslaught. I went to bed early and ended up sleeping through my 3 alarms this morning and missing church (I thought at first the alarms hadn’t gone off, and then they went off again – they were still on the snooze repeat). I didn’t even try to write or edit today, instead I hung out with some friends and did mindless things like watch TV.

Tomorrow is the beginning of a new week, and I’ll get back on the horse. I feel pretty good about that plan. I think sometimes the healthiest thing to do is to stop struggling against yourself and take some space to breathe.

Anyway, watch for the joyous announcement regarding King’s Mark sometime this week.

Mid-Vacation Check-In

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Hi all!

Reporting in mid-vacation from Sanibel Island FL. I’ll have a lot to say later on, but for now, here are a few pics:

Dusk on Sanibel – I think that might be Venus

These huge koi swam right up and nibbled my fingers

Lovely, relaxing koi pond in the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, Sarasota

Some beautiful orchids in the botanical gardens

The visit to the botanical gardens counts as “research” for my next book

Closing out with another pic of the lovely Sanibel sunset, viewed from our hotel room balcony.

Done!

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Well, I’m going to pay for it tomorrow, but I finished my novel.

Whew! That was exhausting!

I still have a long way to go and a lot to do, but having the whole story down on the page in a coherent way is truly satisfying.

Now, I need to go to bed.