Archive for November 14th, 2005

11/13/05: State of the David

Wow, it has been a while since I’ve posted. Well, I’ve been very busy with real life… barely time to read email, and definitely not enough time to read my friends’ online journals, never mind writing in my own. Here’s a brief, brief update.

  • I finished the revisions on my novel before World Fantasy Con, though I had to stay up until 3am to do it. I haven’t heard anything from the editor yet except an acknowledgement of receipt. If it doesn’t sell after all this I will be Annoyed.
  • Lise Eisenberg from New York was our houseguest for several days before OryCon. Great conversation, good eats, but in trying to open my wireless network to let her in I managed to bring the whole thing down — it took me until 2am to get it working again.
  • I had to get up at 4am for my flight to WFC. On Saturday morning of the con I was able to announce in the dealers’ room, in all sincerity, that I was tireder than the whole rest of the convention… put togithir!
  • I must have had a good time at WFC, because I didn’t go to any programming at all (except for the one panel I was on and my reading, both of which had quite respectable audiences — oh, wait, I did also attend the Monette/Bear/Lake readings Sunday morning). Basically I spent the whole con schmoozing in the halls, the parties, and the bar. Now, when I say “schmoozing,” I really mean “hanging out with writer friends” more than “sucking up to editors,” but there was also a certain amount of the latter. And I really wish there was something I could wear that would look as sexy on me as Elizabeth Bear’s corset did on her.
  • Came home to find that Kate, Lise, and Dave Howell had had a good time without me at OryCon, ending with an amazing series of mishaps that I will let one of them relate. Sounds like their convention was a lot more… eventful than mine. Both Lise and Dave stayed at our house for a day or two after the convention. Wonderful to see them both, to be sure, but it was nice to get the house back.
  • All through this time I’ve been working 9-10 hour days at the day job. We’ve made some difficult decisions about which projects to defer, but we still have tight deadlines on the one major project that remains on our plate, and when that is done we will be behind the 8-ball on the other projects we’ve deferred. Work will probably remain quite heavy well into next year.
  • What with all the strange people I’ve hugged and the massive sleep deficit I’ve rung up in the last couple of weeks, it’s not too surprising that I’ve come down with a cold. Nothing serious, but it does slow me down a bit.

So that’s what’s up with me. If I owe you an email or a phone call… please be patient, I’m treading water as fast as I can.