Readercon: Books, books, songs, and even more books!

IMG_0048Last weekend I went to my  first Readercon, where the Dealers Room was actually labeled The Bookshop, because it only contained–you guessed it–books. (Including two I am in by Baen: Mission: Tomorrow, and Galactic Games!) I absolutely loved seeing so many books in the one large room. 🙂

It was an absolute pleasure to catch up with Neil Clarke, publisher/editor of Clarkesworld, where I sold my first ever short story, and to have dinner with editor/writer, Alex Shvartsman, who is editing the latest Phoenix Pick anthology Humanity 2.0.

2016-07-09 13.01.51.jpgI am proud to say I kept writing throughout the weekend, even managing to complete a 1500 word scene while working our table on Sunday! I was also incredibly chuffed that by the end of the con there was only one copy of our first Arc Double book left, which pairs two novellas by Joe Haldeman and Gregory Benford. (This book series is my first idea for Phoenix Pick to come to fruition, so I want it to sell well!)

While I was too busy 90% of the time to attend any of the panels, I did drop into the I’m Sorry, I Haven’t A Clue panel at just the right time on Saturday night to see the panelists (including GOH Catherynne Valente) sing the lyrics of one song to the melody of a very different type of song, to most hilarious effect. And yes, I recorded it for your viewing pleasure. Enjoy! The last song is a real pearler! 😉

Panelists (from left to right):

  • Max Gladstone: Lyrics of Beyoncé’s SINGLE LADIES, sung to the theme of NEVERENDING STORY.
  • Catherynne Valente: Lyrics of Amy Winehouse’s REHAB, sung to the theme of INDIANA JONES.
  • Heath Miller: Lyrics to Taylor Swift’s SHAKE IT OFF, to the tune of Les Misérables’ DO YOU HEAR THE PEOPLE SING!
  • Martin Cahill: Lyrics to Johnny Cash’s HURT to the tune of R.E.M.’s SHINY HAPPY PEOPLE.
  • Maria DahvanaHeadley: Lyrics to Adele’s HELLO to the tune of The Rocky Horror Picture Show’s SWEET TRANSVESTITE.

Sail to Success Workshop Cruise

Norwegian Sky

Did you know I’m going on my first ever cruise on December the 4th-9th this year? At the moment I’m in the middle of deadlines (in the Day Job and as a writer), so I’ve only been sticking my head up out of the water to create this website, work or play at conventions…or rupture eardrums while battling a month-long case of pneumonia (wee!). But I added a page to my website about the cruise (which launches from Miami), and wanted to let my writer friends know, because not only could they bunk with another student to save on costs, bring several guests with them, or simply hang out with meeeeeee on the beautiful beaches of the Bahamas, there is this totally awesome workshop faculty they can learn how to get published and have one-on-one meals with:

Cruise Authors

I already love my job—I mean, I create books. What’s not to love?—but to be able to help run a writing workshop on the Norwegian Sky cruise ship is the icing on the cake. This will be its fifth year running(!!!), and is limited to only 22 students, so it makes for a much more interactive learning environment. Combine that with the chance to make story sales (to Galaxy’s Edge), and being able to network in exotic location.. now wonder it’s called Sail to Success!

I have to get my head out of the clouds and get to some real work, but click here to find out more or learn how to sign yourself up!

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