Word count: 5000
Feeling very good about where things are going... until I looked at the calendar this week.
OMG! I have two back to back events coming up and lots of stuff scheduled for the next 6 weeks.
On Thursday, September 28th from 7 to 9, I'm participating in ALSO's event: Persisting Beyond Margins, reading from banned books while enjoying some wine and cheese. It's a fundraiser for adult literacy and people will get to see me tongue-stumble while I read. What's not to love?
Then on Sunday, October 1st from 2:30 to 4, I'll be doing the ORWA monthly workshop. By popular demand, it will be Beyond the Furrowed Brow: How to make your characters say it all without speaking a word. It's a look at how to use non-verbal communication in your writing.
Then there's Can-Con on October 13-15. This is a fabulous conference and one of the best organized I've ever been to. If you like speculative fiction, this is your stop. From hard-core sci-fi to alternative histories to fantasy to the paranormal, they've got it all (including me!). I'll be giving away chocolate and buttons and having a weekend draw.
Once Can-Con is done, I will be most gratefully enjoying a week on a southern beach with several RWA ladies for a writers' retreat. With luck, when I come back, I'll be able to report that Judgment is nearly ready to go to editing.
And, oh yeah, I've got a business trip for my other job starting next week. (Don't worry, I'm scurrying back to Ottawa for Persisting Beyond Margins.) I'm bringing my laptop and hoping that I won't be too horribly exhausted to write at the end of the day. (Since my bosses would probably not be impressed if I tried to quietly do it while I'm supposed to be paying attention during the day.)
And, and, AND, I need to get my kids' Halloween costumes done. I usually sew and hand-craft them but I'm starting to think that this year will be a store-bought kind of year. Which makes me sad, but if buying them a costume ruins their life, I probably wasn't doing so well on the whole mothering thing anyway.
I'm starting to think I should set up a Paypal betting system for when I'll collapse of general exhaustion. Good odds on anything before November 1st!