This has been a busy fall, and a strange one in some ways. I was deeply saddened by the passing of New York Times Bestselling Author A.C. (Ann) Crispin. Her media tie-in books are among my favorite Star Trek and Star Wars stories. I took her seminars at Dragon*Con many times and always learned a great deal. She was one of those people born to be a mentor. My tribute to her on the Romance Bandits blog is here.
Over Labor Day weekend, I went to Dragon*Con, as usual. At left is one of the more interesting sights in the food court. I had to give the people at Caribou Coffee credit for cleverness. They’ve hit several different types of fandom with that one sign.
The weekend is always crazy and always features fabulous costumes and too many interesting panels I don’t get to see because they’re opposite other interesting panels. This year, Dragon*Con’s app let users note all panels that interested them in any given time slot, which made not overlooking things much easier than when we had only the pocket program grid to rely on.
I didn’t get to see the parade, though, and I wish I had. Next year, I’ll plan better!
I spotted this van in the Marriott driveway on Labor Day. I wish the light had been better, but I hope you can read the writing on the car anyway. In case you can’t, the circle on the door says “Tactical Field Response Unit”, and the door says “Zombie Hunter 001.” I love it!
Too bad no one was standing by it in zombie hunter gear. I would’ve loved to talk to the people who put this together.
I enjoyed covering various events for the Daily Dragon. They ranged from a demonstration of Victorian-style butt kicking to panels featuring stars of various TV programs. My articles are online here if you’re curious.
Here’s a photo of me in front of the art show. That orange ribbon dangling from my convention badge is my press credential.
Shifting gears from zombies to romance, the dh and I celebrated our 26th wedding anniversary this fall. These are the roses he sent me. They make me think of sunrise.
In October, I traveled a lot. I had a great time at the Georgia Romance Writers’ conference, Moonlight and Magnolias, the first weekend of the month. I’d hoped to go from Atlanta directly to Macon to research locations for Sentinel, the prequel novella I’m working on now. Since a couple of locations I wanted to visit were affected by the government shutdown, however, I had to postpone that trip.
The wonderful people of Greater Seattle RWA accepted my workshop presentation, “Building a World for Your Story,” which I presented October 19. Visiting Seattle was a blast. I reconnected with old friends and, I hope, made some new ones.
The dh and I got an opportunity to visit Lisbon, Portugal, at a greatly reduced cost, so we jumped at it. I’ll have a trip report up soon.
In book news, the trailer for Guardian is up on YouTube. As I said, I’m working on Sentinel, a novella set before the events in Renegade. It should be out late this year or early next, with Will’s book, Warrior, out in late spring or early summer. The cover for Sentinel is almost ready, and I’ll post it soon.
I really love my covers. If you do, too, you can obtain a signed copy by sending me a self-addressed, stamped envelope (legal size – 4 1/8” by 9 1/2“). For instructions, click here. That will take you to the For E-book Readers page. Protector and Guardian cards for Keeper Kases are now available. And just so you know, sending an SASE does not get you on any mailing list!
Author Catherine Spangler will be my guest in the bandit lair on November 18. We’ll be chatting about her Sentinels series. Then I’m blogging in the bandit lair on the 26, as usual. I’m not sure yet what I’m talking about that day, but I’ll be giving away a package of goodies from our Portugal trip.
Meanwhile, you can click on the Bandit Blog link above to see what we’re talking about today. We’d love to have you join us, to comment or just to lurk.
The Wayfarer Weekly Oracle page is still pending and will launch as soon as I can have it ready.
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