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Howard Hughes Tries To Get Back On Track

This morning there were going to be photographs from Necronomicon, but I'm running late – thank you two nights of insomnia. So, tomorrow there will be photos. Because I have got to try to have a productive work day. And then another, and so forth from now until the sun goes nova. And spending an hour choosing and resizing and uploading photos is not a step towards accomplishing that end.

I can however make this announcement: I resolved after World Horror in New Orleans that Necronomicon would be my last convention. And, for all intents and purposes, it was. I've been appearing at SF/F/H conventions since October 1994, when I attended my first World Fantasy Convention, also in New Orleans. That's 19 years. I'm not going to list all my reason for making this decision, but they're, I think, good reasons. I may, rarely, make exceptions. For example, if a convention is willing – as was WHC 2013 – to bring me, by train or first class air, to a city that I want to visit, and if the convention can pay all of my expenses, including a per diem for food. Or if, like Necronomicon, the convention is in the city where I'm living. In cases like that, exceptions may occur. But it's all going to be case-by-case. But it will take a lot to overcome my basic disinterest in attending cons.

It feels good to resolve.

As for Necronomicon, I'm going to save any comments/summation until I have some interesting visuals. But it was a good weekend, and I'm very glad I had a chance to be a part of it.

I've pretty much stopped using @auntbeast, my Twitter account. I wasn't doing much more than retweeting news stories I found interesting, and I suspect less than 1% of 1% of people who saw those retweets actual followed the links and read the stories. However, I've begun using a Twitter account for Isaac Snow, my character from The Secret World, and I'm sort of having fun with that. Feel free to follow along. It's just a lark, and we need our larks now and again. It's cryptic, especially if you aren't actually in game interacting with Isaac. Anyway, a lot of people are using Twitter to augment the game, a practice begun by the game developers before TSW was released. Anyway, Isaac is @blueshepherd777.

I"m not going to begin talking about how far behind I am, about deadlines come and gone, because that'll only get me in a pissy, discouraged mood, and it will do nothing to break the cycle. Last night, I sold "Ballad of an Echo Whisperer," one of only two short stories I've managed to write this summer. I can't yet say to whom, but I'm going to take that little victory and run with it. The month I spent on the story was not in vain.

And now...work. That thing I used to do...

Saddle, Come Here,
Aunt Beast


( 8 comments — Have your say! )
Aug. 26th, 2013 05:35 pm (UTC)
Good luck with the writing!
Aug. 26th, 2013 05:36 pm (UTC)
I sympathize with your plan to cut out conventions, because I'm having the same need for resolution. In my case, I'm still scheduled for four shows between now and the beginning of May, if only because I've already paid for vendor space. After that, though, I'm starting by taking a hiatus for a year: the returns on conventions are getting so poor, and getting ready for the conventions takes up so much time I could be using for so many other things, that it makes sense. In a year, I might go back to vending, but if it makes more sense for me to go in a different direction, then so be it.
Aug. 26th, 2013 06:43 pm (UTC)
It's just a lark, and we need our larks now and again

yes we do.
Aug. 26th, 2013 06:47 pm (UTC)

Aug. 26th, 2013 11:07 pm (UTC)
All the best with gettin' back on the horse. May you cover some mileage.

Edited at 2013-08-26 11:08 pm (UTC)
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Aug. 27th, 2013 12:12 am (UTC)

Would you consider doing things like an Indiegogo or Kickstarter to see if your fans would fund your costs?

No. That would require that I want to go to a con enough to expend a TREMENDOUS amount of time and energy...and I've never yet wanted to attend a con even half that badly.
Sep. 10th, 2013 04:58 pm (UTC)
Well if NecronomiCon was your last foreseeable conference, I am very glad I made it to some of your panels! I missed you at ReaderCon -- your presence at panel discussions really added a dimension (2012's was my first year attending there).

Thanks for making it out as much as you have in past years. I am well aware that writing and life are ludicrous juggling acts at best -- and conferences tend to throw things off balance and add a lot of work (or subtract time from other work). So, though I wish I'd seen more of your appearances, I'm pleased I got to see you in person at all. Many thanks from Maine!
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