Getting ready to move

EDIT: When I started this post, it had the title “Getting ready to move on,” and it was intended to be a reference to our leaving California. Between titling and posting, however, the post transformed a little, but I failed to update the title. I’ve corrected that now, but if you came here thinking I had a huge announcement about work or life (move aside), it was an unintentional piece of click-bait on my part.

In a little over a week, packers will fill a truck with 75% of what we own. The remainder will either be driven up to Portland, or tossed. Despite the fact that earlier this week we officially closed on the house, I’m still in a bit of disbelief that this is all real. When we stopped being homeowners for the move to California, I thought it would be a long, long time before we were back in that boat. Living in the confines of an apartment cured me of that.

Believe it or not, though, this isn’t going to be a reflective post. It almost was – in fact, it was in a few drafts – but I think it will work better as just a note. I’ve spent part of the morning going through A Scent of Roses and fixing typographical errors and, as a copy-editor explained to me on another piece, my penchant for UK grammar and spelling. I can’t change the way I write, but I can at least make an effort to clean it up before you all are subject to it. Once those re-edits are done, I intend to add some front and back material (ie, a note explaining this re-release is just a clean up with no story changes and no significant text changes, and an after you read the book note about how to find me), and then post it up. I’m toying with switching the paper publisher from CreateSpace to the new Amazon POD offering (they’re both Amazon companies to begin with, so I suspect the former will be going away at some point).

That’ll be when the fun begins. I plan on releasing Chrysalis in a month or two, but you’ll have plenty of preamble. This time around I’d like to correct for some of my past mistakes and not just dump the book on the world and see what happens. The next two to three weeks is going to be busy in my real life – next week is prep for the move, then the move, then the whole waiting for furniture – but expect to see some sample chapters gracing these pages in the coming weeks, along with a cover reveal (when I get one), and maybe even a give away.

But wait, there’s more!

You can already order it on Amazon, but I’ll be taking part in a blog post exchange for the release of Enter the Apocalypse, the anthology where you can find my kaiju/vampire mashup. This was my first time working with an anthology release, and I have to say it was a pretty pleasant.

OK, that’s it from this corner of the world. Have a good one!


The Family Roadtrip 2016: The GeekGirl Con Report

Last weekend, the family and I drove from the Bay area up to Seattle for Geek Girl Con.  Last year, my wife and our eldest daughter went and had a blast, so it only made sense that we would go back as a family this year. Thursday, we loaded up the Forester and headed for Seattle. One thing I learned along the way is that I have a fear of driving in the mountains for too long (four hours, in particular). My brain begins to contrive ways for me to mess up and send us hurtling over the edge. The sight of snowy volcanoes in the distance did nothing to encourage or hinder that frame of mind.

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I’m not sure what any of us newbies expected, but GeekGirl Con exceeded my expectations. I ended up spending a lot of time downstairs at the gaming tables, trying out new games (where we also won copies of  Spirits of the Rice Paddy, Act Too!, and Small Star Empires). The vendor area was amazeballs (seriously, it’s a good thing I knew we had a budget. And responsibilities.), filled with just about anything you could think of for a geeky con, with a distinct tendency towards handmade crafts and art.

And that’s just scratching the surface. Here were people with a similar interest set, many dressed up, just milling around and being nice to each other. It was such a refreshing atmosphere that the only reminder that you had been walking around was when your feet started reminding you of their aches.

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And that’s not even scratching the surface of the fun we had (as the pictures hint). We also got to sit in on a panel and listen to the voice of Lapis Lazuli, Jennifer Paz, from Steven Universe. The panel was great, like the rest of the con (btw, SU fans – the Thanksgiving episode is going to be longer and packed full of surprises!).

From Seattle we drove to Portland and stayed a day or so. I would easily chose Portland as my next home – it somehow managed to mix both the small town vibe old town Fredericksburg with all of the conveniences of a big city. We loved it. To boot, it was actually Autumn in Oregon, something we hadn’t really seen since moving to California. The trees were brilliant shades of red and orange, the air crisp, and we were happy campers.

I just have to give a shout out to my wife on this one. As always, she planned everything in advance, researching and plotting out everything so that we could just enjoy the vacation and now that our next stop already knew we were coming and had a warm place and bed waiting for us. How she does it I don’t know, but she is amazing. I also learned to appreciate how hard it is to find places to eat with the youngest’s food allergies. Finding safe places to eat on the road was a bigger challenge than I anticipated, but having great kids and an awesome wife made it all work out.

And now we’re back, slowly working our way back to the normal life of going to work next week. yay.