I’m home! May not seem like such a big deal, but I’d actually been gone for a full week. I left last Sunday for an Advanced Placement workshop at the University of Tulsa that lasted until around 11 a.m. on Friday. That was fun. I learned a lot and still look forward to teaching AP this school year.
There isn’t much to add about Conestoga. I gotta apologize for missing my first panel this morning at 10 a.m. I guess those who were there made up some wonderful stories about what happened to me. The truth is that I just forgot. During the first part of that hour I was having breakfast with The James K. Burk, then I sat in the green room with various people, completely oblivious to the fact I was supposed to be on a panel. And it was a panel specifically about horror. D’oh!
After that, I did manage to show up for the Pens vs. Swords panel, where the Twisted Blades enacted scenes from writers’ stories. That was a lot of fun, and I got to see that Tarod’s arena fight scene in The Puppet King would actually work.
New friends started leaving then. That sucked, but hopefully they’ll come back next year.
I’ve posted pictures. There’ll probably be more later; Diane Kell and Jeanne Stein said they’d send me some they’d taken of our after-party following the author new release reception and of me directing the Twisted Blades.
I didn’t get The Fetch finished during the week I was gone. I did a chapter or two. The workshop just wiped me out every day, and I got back to the motel too late during the con. Yeah, I stayed at the La Quinta across the street from the Radisson where Conestoga took place. That won’t happen again. I woke up with a horrible headache that lasted most of today. No, it was NOT a hangover. Anyway, I’ll have the book done by Friday.
Right now I gotta pull together some Horror World stuff before Whipmaster Nanci gets angry.