I’m currently at Viable Paradise, acting as staff and sous-chef for some fantastic people, students and staff and instructors alike. There have already been great conversations, silly band names tossed back and forth, and a whole lot of talented and funny people all working together. It makes up for the weather on Martha’s Vineyard being kind of horrible right now.
Also, there was bacon this morning. And fresh scones yesterday. And if we can do it right, bacon tonight.
Thursday I fly off the island (assuming the weather lets up a little) and head down to New York City for Comic-con. I’ve visited New York so rarely that I still feel as if I need a hayseed in my teeth when I go there, even after all these years living in the Boston area. Something about the place produces sheer sensory overload, and I end up gawking like the tourist I am. And then there’s the con itself, which isn’t exactly low on the scale of spectacle…
…anyway, here’s my schedule for the con:
Friday, 2:00 – 3:00. Fighting Like Cats and Dogs. In the furball battle for supremacy, what shapeshifter is going to claw, bite, gnaw and scratch its way to the top of the pack? In recent novels by novelists such as Pamela Palmer and Juliana Stone, paranormal romance fans have gone absolutely feral over the emergence of cat shapeshifters…they purr, what’s sexier than a werepuma or wereleopard? Loping through the howling legions of the other side of the debate comes authors such as Jocelynn Drake, Marjorie M. Liu, and Margaret Ronald – who might argue that woman’s best friend is going to hound all the competition until they emerge triumphant. The argument may get catty; and the arguments over which breed of shapeshifter is sexier are going to be doggone good – so come and join the melee! (If I can make it through this panel without giving voice to my inner Labrador Retriever, I’ll consider it — SQUIRREL! — a victory)
Friday, 5:00 – 6:00 Signing, Table A5. (I’ll sign anything! Okay, not checks. Or body parts. Even if they’re still attached. Or other authors’ books — I believe they have A Serious Talk with you if you do that.)
I will also try to be around Saturday morning, if only briefly. I may have hit my limit by then, though, given that I’ll be coming off a week of workshop followed by some very intense convention time. Or maybe I’ll just feel free to relax and enjoy the con at that point.
In the meantime, I’ve got a chapter that needs a decent intro, a linking segment to explain some interaction later on, and a thrilling aerial battle (shut up it totally makes sense in context) to write. Not to mention the writing assignment I got handed last night. Viable Paradise: not even the staff get out without assignments.