So, I had all sorts of plans to post on my upcoming panels and the ambience of Dragon Con, but I overslept. Not by, like, an hour, or two hours, but more like eight hours. Sure, I got up and killed my alarms, a few times, but what really happened as I kept trying to get up and kept crashing out was that I realized I had caught a case of con crud.
Science fiction conventions gather an enormous amount of people, and hence, their diseases, and hence: con crud, that mysterious illness that hits you a day or two after you get to a con. I know a lot of people who have been knocked out by it, but it’s hit me hard only two or three times.
This time, I ended up sleeping on and off for twelve hours out of sixteen. Fortunately I didn’t get the cough or sniffles, though I felt them starting. But I rested up, and got up when I felt rested, and even though I missed hitting the dealer’s room today, I had a lot of fun at my two panels.
So what I’m saying is, be good to yourself. It’s easy, when you’re at a con on a mission, to get caught up on all the things you could do. Well, do the things you should do, take care of yourself, and relax: cons will roll around again, and you want to be healthy enough to survive them.
Up tomorrow, 10AM: You’ve sold your first book, now what? A bunch of people much more experienced than me tell you what to do when you’re facing book two. Oh, and I’ll be there. At 2:30PM, I’ll be talking about synopses that will sell – or not sell – your book. And at 10PM, I’ll be talking about fun ways to kill your character. Oh, hell, here’s the whole list:
- You’ve Sold the First Book, Now What?
Saturday 10am, Embassy CD – Hyatt
What happens next? Publishing professionals offer information about the industry–what they’re going to do, and what you need to do for yourself.
- Writing a Synopsis That Will Sell Your Book – MODERATOR
Saturday 2:30pm, Embassy CD – Hyatt
Writing a great synopsis may be harder than writing a book. These outliners and pantsers will offer suggestions to make the process easier.
- 101 Fascinating Ways to Kill off a Character
Saturday 10pm, Embassy CD – Hyatt
Description: Our favorite writers recount some of the more interesting ways they’ve eliminated characters–or tried to.
Also, THIRTY DAYS LATER is still on sale for $0.99! Onward!