May 18, 2009
Traveling to Pyrocumulon
At 3am on Wednesday morning, I will get up and get ready to travel down to BayCon as its Toastmaster. This is my standard CA trip travel time. However, this will not be a standard CA trip. First, I will actually take two days to make it instead of my usual one. Jeff and I will drive down to Grants Pass, OR for the first part of our trip. I need to pick up some stuff from Grants Pass and we want to go to the Great Cats World Park that is nearby (All big cats all the time!). We will spend the night in Grants Pass and then head out at a much more civilized 9am in the morning.
On the way to the Bay Area, we are going to stop by Sacramento to visit with Heather for a couple of hours and pick up some paintings from her. It is always good to get some Heather time in and Jeff can see where she lives right now. From there, we will arrive at the BayCon hotel and check in. I hear that there will already be at least one party going on that I know of and I know the right people to get us in.
Friday begins my first stint as the BayCon Toastmaster with author Guests of Honor Mercedes Lackey and Larry Dixon. I have to admit that I have been quietly freaking out about the whole Toastmaster thing. I know I have no fear of speaking in front of people but I think, in this particular case, I am terrified of making an utter fool of myself in front of my friends and a couple of authors I have admired for a very long time.
Now that I've acknowledged my nervousness and talked to some people about it, I'm hoping it will go away. I'll be reminding myself of the theme of BayCon, "Return to Pyrocumulon," and mentally coming up with stories told to me by my adventuress grandmother when she visited Pyrocumulon as a little girl. Also, as Jim assured me, I am a born storyteller. If nothing else, I can tell you a good story. Otherwise, I can ask interesting questions of the Guests of Honor and make them talk for a while.
I am really looking forward to this trip. I will get to see a lot of people I don't normally get to see in the flesh even if I talk to them online all of the time. I will also get to meet some people I've never met before and that is always an adventure and a thrill. Conventions are great for the ego and for the career.
Once BayCon is over I have my marching orders for my fiction writing schedule for between now and GenCon. Of course, I will be doing my "pays the bills" writing throughout the entire 2.5 months. In order:
1. Redlines into Eddy on Proverbial Monsters by June 8th.
2. Write Colonial Gothic: Plymouth Rock and turn it in by July 15th.
3. Write short story for anthology #1 (Urban Fantasy) and turn in by July 31st.
4. Writer short story for anthology #2 (Dark Future SF) and turn in by August 10th.
5. Start reading submissions for Close Encounters of the Urban Kind in July.
I hope I am not forgetting anything. I might be. If I am, I will figure out how to squeeze it in. I'm good at that. I work well on a deadline and having GenCon as a pretend "end of the quarter" deadline is a good milestone for me.
After GenCon, I have the WA release party for the Grants Pass anthology, whatever I am doing for Labor Day and then a weekend Trip to Victoria. In my current "future hazy" past that weekend trip to Victoria BC, I have nebulous plans to actually write that one-off horror novel I'm doing research for right now. I'm hoping that is what I can focus on but with Close Encounters of the Urban Kind author list due in October, well, we'll see.