Get Out There

Balticon is in eleven days!!!

The schedule is more or less final, so here’s where I’m going to be:

Sunday May 28, 2017

  • 9:00 AM – Rituals for Creativity.
  • 11:00 AM – What Diversity Is Good For
  • 2:00 PM – Filing off the Serial Numbers: Good or Bad
  • 5:00 PM – Worldbuilding in SF vs. Fantasy
  • 6:00 PM – Pacing the Novel

Monday May 29, 2017

  • 10:00 AM – Excuse Me, There’s Kissing In My Book: The Elements Of Romance In SFF

You can also find this info on the Events page.


I’m a little late on the blog post today, but better late than never, right?

What started out as a couple of hours of yard work turned into about 5 hours and some change of yard work. I’m glad I got my writing done early, because I am *Spent*.

What I want to talk about today is not, in fact, writing. Actually, it’s about Not writing* and spending time to recharge. Refilling the well is a necessity and, I for one, sometimes find myself needing to give myself permission to do just that.

So today, after an amazing breakfast of sausage and biscuits, I spent some time doing things that I enjoy:

Rugby: It’s a hard to get full matches reliably, here in the States. I’ve been waiting all weekend for someone to post the Saturday’s match between the Crusaders and the Hurricanes.

This was a match that I’ve been waiting for and dreading.  I’m a fan of both teams and didn’t want either side to lose.

Both sides put on a hell of a game and, in the end, the Crusaders edged out the Hurricanes 20-12.

Writing: I do enjoy writing, though I usually take weekends off. This time around, I’ve got an agent waiting for me to return some edits. Don’t get me wrong, she’s not pressuring me for anything and I feel completely comfortable taking as much time as I need to get things done. I wanted to put in the extra effort, is all.

Getting outside: I’m one of those rare breed of folk that enjoys mowing the lawn…and I’ve got a lot of it. It was nice and sunny and I spent a good amount of time out and about in it**. Once that was done, There were some other things to do (Like I said, about 5 hours and some change) and, now I’m blogging and relaxing before dinner.

So that’s my message for the day. Get out there. Go do some things that bring out the YAY in you. Refill that well, you’ve earned it.


*Yeah, I know that we’re not really ever not writing. Ideas bubble and brew pretty much all the time. What I mean is sitting won in front of the page and physically writing.

**I also broke a shovel…


Time: 7:01 pm-ish

Music: Blind Guardian – Twilight of the Gods