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Abstract Thoughts has been updated with BayCon and Grants Pass which is my convention report and some cool stuff about my upcoming anthology.

May 27, 2009
BayCon and Grants Pass
BayCon was a pretty amazing experience with my first time as a Toastmistress. I learned an awful lot about what to expect, what to ask for and generally what is needed to be a GoH. It also cured my fear of adlibbing in front of hundreds of people at a time.

A toast to Programming Operations for making my experience wonderful. I know how hard it was to get scheduling right with all of the problems that went on. I appreciated all of the little things you guys did. Kate – for shoving water down my throat. Meg – for always having a smile to greet me. Kimmie – the box my gift basket came in has been claimed by the cats as a new bed. Chris, Jim, Tycho and Shane – for not killing me when you discovered what the 'problem with my room' was.

A toast to the Jackals and all their hard work. I know, as well as anyone, just how hard it is to get a publication out the door. You guys did amazing work in such a short time.

A toast to Steve and Stephen for my first ever podcast. Thank you for allowing Seanan to do the interviewing while you guys added in the comments. Plus, best end of the interview question ever.

A toast to everyone who came to my first ever reading. Especially with the time/location change. Doing stuff in public for the first time is always difficult. You guys made it so much easier.

A toast to my biggest fan and support system. The handsome man with me all weekend was my husband, Jeff. He was responsible for getting me to where I needed to be on time. He carried all my stuff, collected business cards and made sure I ate. Thanks to him, I was coherent the whole weekend.

While I was at BayCon, the pre-order link for the GRANTS PASS anthology went live and HorrorScope reviewed the book. I am happy-dancing in my chair at both of these bits of news.

"Grants Pass is a remarkable, disturbing, and worthwhile read, and one that is likely to stay with the reader for some time to come. I’m predicting that this anthology will be up for a swag of awards come the next round of Aurealis, Ditmar and Australian Shadows nominations."
-- Chuck McKenzie, HorrorScope (full review here)

Also, we received another blurb from Patrick Swenson:

"This is a unique anthology that deserves attention.  You’ll hear echoes of Stephen King’s The Stand, David Brin’s The Postman and even Cormac McCarthy’s The Road as you read this series of stories about the survivors of a great plague. The stories are varied and lively, and their talented authors lead you (sometimes kicking and screaming) toward sanctuary. If you’re reading these words now, dive into these pages, and meet the survivors at Grants Pass."
 -- Patrick Swenson, editor of Talebones Magazine.

Just before I left for BayCon, I set up a signing/release party for GRANTS PASS at Soulfood Books and Café in Redmond, WA. Jay Lake, Shannon Page, Cherie Priest and James M. Sullivan are confirmed to be there. Seanan McGuire is tentative but hopeful. I think it is going to be a fabulous release/signing party. August 22nd, 2-4pm. We'd love to see you there.

For those of you who will be at GenCon, remember that the GRANTS PASS anthology debuts at GenCon on August 13th. Ed Greenwood and Ivan Ewert will be on site with me to sign the book there, too.


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May. 27th, 2009 09:12 pm (UTC)
Sounds like you had a great time :) Glad to hear your first ever reading went well :)
May. 28th, 2009 05:50 am (UTC)
Great to meet you at the Con! If it helps any, your reading convinced me to pre-order Grants Pass. Once they get the button working properly. You did fine, and your readings will only get better as you relax into it.
May. 28th, 2009 06:45 am (UTC)
Thank you. I appreciate that.

What's wrong with the pre-order button?
May. 28th, 2009 06:48 am (UTC)
It doesn't work.

Or, rather, it didn't work this morning. Took me to the PayPal login page, but didn't do anything else. I reported it to the email given on the site, and they're looking into it. May have fixed it by now, as far as I know. I'll try again, later.
May. 28th, 2009 06:54 am (UTC)
How unfortunate. Thanks for letting them know.
May. 28th, 2009 07:06 pm (UTC)
The GRANTS PASS paypal button has been fixed. I just tested it.
May. 28th, 2009 09:34 pm (UTC)
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