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Now that the trip to Omaha and FiestaCon are out of the way, I can get down to a regular living schedule. Until Chris hits town in sooner-than-I-expect weeks. After that, it will be time to get fall league set up for VOTS. Yeah, I just need to take advantage while I can, don’t I?

Today, headed to the library (not that I need more books to half-finish) and did some work on Divine Fire. Eric will read some of the changes tomorrow, after which I’ll declare my goals for the rest of the week.

Managed a Obscure Media Monday entry on Probe, the 1988 science fiction show.

The rest of tonight? Reading. I’m behind almost everywhere.

Current productivity hacks (ha!):
Been using David Seah’s Day Grid Balancer.
Using TweetDeck to follow #writegoal tweets.

It was UG. Chances were fairly high that it didn’t have a subject.

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FiestaCon Day #3 (& #4)

First panel was “DYI Media Promotion.” I’m somewhat online savvy, but having points reiterated is good. Lots of ideas on what I should improve. I probably should look more closely at Dreamwidth and “professionalizing” my journal/blog, despite my own love of hearing what fellow writers are having for lunch (encouraged by my own such posts). But you see, that’s where I have a problem with promotion, especially online promotion. Again and again, I’ve heard that you should be yourself. The caveat? Be yourself–unless you’re kind of boring. Most likely, I’ll be posting more on this issue now that I have something to promote aside from me.

At this point, Eric and I went home for a three hour break.  I’m no good socially. After Friday, I was beat.  We had lunch, played a little EQ2, and then headed back for a 2pm panel called:

Authors vs Editors! This talk was originally scheduled to be given by GoH Stanley Schmidt alone.  Since the brothers Kollin were hanging out after their panel, they…inserted…themselves and were joined by author and editor David Boop. While I’m interested in Schmidt’s original talk (available in print), the panel turned out pretty well. The take-home message of this one: It’s likely that the editor of your work has more experience and might have good ideas on how to improve your manuscript; in the end, it’s your name on the cover and you have to be willing to walk away if you and the editor can’t compromise.  Between this panel and Friday’s Writers Beware panel, it seems that one of the biggest pitfalls of publishing for a writer is becoming desperate.

The last panel’s title was “How to get an Editor Interested” and consisted of Teresa & Patrick Nielsen Hayden and Beth Meacham, all editor from Tor Books. Short answer: have a really good book. This sort of panel is alternatingly energizing and demoralizing. I believe we have good books, but man, the odds are still high.  I can’t but believe in Ricard Laymon’s moto: Persist Prevail!

Day 4: After getting home at 4:30pm on Saturday, the thought of more panels, more *people*, set my teeth on edge. I haven’t quite figured out the right balance when attending conventions. I want to go to every panel and totally fill my schedule and wring value out of every minute. But I just…can’t. We stayed home Sunday and relaxed and recharged. I think we got our money’s worth. I’m full of ideas, things that need doing, and it’s good to get out there and connect a little with “the scene.”

Last impressions of FeistaCon / WesterCon 62:
~ Great chairs.
~ I’m really sorry I didn’t get to attend the Avram Davidson panel with John Hertz. It was scheduled across from cross-genre detectives and I felt that was probably more appropriate for me.
~ The late 20s & 30s age group seemed under-represented.  Where is everyone my age???
~ Having a bad memory for faces really sucks in these situations.