John Con ended last night:
It was a great time. I had a lot of fun. I have to say the panel was my favorite part. What was supposed to be an hour-long discussion about getting published became a conversation that lasted well after 1 a.m. We talked about books, writing, plotting, Brandon Sanderson, magic systems, Robert Jordan, George R. R. Martin, Harry Potter and so much more. To me, that conversation was the heart of what John Con was about. It was a chance to sit around and have fun talking about the things I enjoy with like-minded people. It was a very intimate crowd, but they were all such cool people to meet. I even tried my hand at a Magic The Gathering draft tournament (I got crushed). Three days of tabletop games, was just what what this guy needed. I finished up by selling a few books and saying goodbye to a few new friends.
Next week, I’m at Ukazoo books in Towson. I’ll be there Sunday, April 19 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. I hope to see you there.
What am I up to?
Some of you noticed I just finished my re-read of Caught, which I plan on releasing next year. The re-reads give me a chance to look at the book objectively and identify any plot-holes. Now that I’ve done that, I’ll talk to my content editor (hi Ben!) and get started on the second draft. I tend to like to have a few projects in a few different stages of development, so here’s what else I’ll be working on:
Perception of War outline: I’m making progress on this already, but now that I’m not taking so much time to read a project, I can get a bit more progress done. As soon as I get the outline set, I’ll shift my focus to the next item on my to-do list.
New Utopia re-read: Now that I’ve had some time to step away from what I call the discovery draft, I can take a look at that and start looking for ways to improve what I think will be a very good book. This is the lowest priority though.
I still have a lot of appearances coming up, and I hope to see some of you at one of those events.