Another Year Begins

Happy New Year!

Here we are on what is the first work day of the new year for many of us.  I hope you made a smooth transition back to the harness.

As a self-employed person, I work every day of the 365 in a year.  (366 his year of course!)  It’s not that I’m a compulsive worker; I have learned through my years of writing that if I take a full day off from the book, it’s much harder to get my mind into it the next day.  And if I take more than a day off, then I will have to back up and re-read a chapter or two in order to get the flow going again.  It’s much easier for me to do a bit of writing every single day.

I flunked at meeting my deadline.  My editors have extended it, but I have every intention of beating that new deadline by a mile. Even so, it means that publication of Assassin’s Fate has been delayed. For that, I apologize.  I know I’m not alone, and of course I’ve read all about George RR Martin’s missed deadline.  I have only sympathy for him.  Writers are not vending machines. It’s not possible to insert a certain amount of money, set the dial for a time, and hope that a book pops out.  Plotting is a messy business.  Nonetheless, I am doggedly determined to turn this book in and then to immediately buckle down and get any rewrites done swiftly.

So once again, I have curtailed my social schedule for this year.  That doesn’t mean I’ve given up conventions entirely.  I’m going to drop in on Rustycon in Seattle on the weekend of January 15-17.  No official stuff scheduled there, no panels, but you may see me around if you happen to be attending.  It’s a fairly small conventions, and usually a friendly one.

Also on my schedule for the coming year is Emerald City Comic Con, from April 7 to 10th, in the Emerald City of Seattle. If you want to attend that one, you had best go immediately to their web site and see if any Sunday or Friday tickets are left.  I think almost everything else is sold out!

In May, I will be Guest of Honor at Miscon in Missoula, Montana! That’s a convention I’ve looked forward to for a long time.  I hope to arrive days early and stay a few days after and actually see a bit of Montana in the process.  I’ve heard wonderful things about this convention, and it’s very reasonably priced with a full membership for an adult being only  $45.  Maybe I’ll see some of you there.

I wish you all a very happy new year as we venture into 2016.  I’ve still got a bit of Christmas to go, as I celebrate all 12 days of it!  But even those are nearly gone and I’ll soon be removing my lights and decorations and re-entering the workaday world of chilly January.  I hope your holidays were as pleasant as mine were, and I hope I’ll see a few of you at the conventions I do attend!

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