Thursday, August 28, 2008

Clock's Ticking

Thought I would stick my head out of the office for a bit to let everyone know how things are going.

1) The conventions I've attended rocked. I enjoyed the readings, panels, meeting with old friends and making new ones.

2) "Legends of the Mountain State 2" will be out in a few weeks, and already we are lining up book signings. I will post a schedule when we have it finalized.

3) Not much traveling left this year. Going to Brian Keene's reading in York PA, ConText in Columbus OH, and the Inner Circle of Bizarre Magick Annual Gathering in Cromwell CT.

And now, why you won't be hearing from me for awhile.

I'm spending this weekend finishing a story I'm submitting to an anthology, then I'm off to finish outlining and writing on the novel I will be workshopping at the Borderlands Boot Camp the first of the year. Then it's tuning and sending out stories and poems, working on some projects that are coming my way, plus reading and critiquing the novel selections for the Boot Camp. I'm also working with an illustrator on a series of, believe it or not, children's books. So I'll be pretty busy, as you can see.

I'm not leaving completely. I'll drop a line or two on the blog when I can, and there's always Twitter. But as it stands right now, life is really good, and it'll only get better from here.

Now, if you'll excuse me, the writing calls...

Monday, August 11, 2008

HorrorFind This Weekend

This weekend, I will be at HorrorFind at the UMUC Marriott Inn & Conference Center in Adelphi, MD. I will have an author reading on Saturday from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m in Room 2110 with author Jonathan Maberry. On Sunday, I will be on a panel moderated by Jonathan Maberry called "How Would the Real World React, Research and Respond to a Zombie Uprising?" with Lisa Mannetti, Tony Monchinski, Jack Ketchum, and Dr. Kim Paffenroth. The panel starts at noon and is also in Room 2110.

Monday, August 4, 2008

A New Day is Dawning

On the wall of my office, I hung up a new framed painting on Sunday. It is an original piece that was painted just for me. A girl with auburn hair, wearing a green and blue dress and holding a traditional magician's wand, is summoning a rabbit from a hat sitting on a small table. The rabbit's ears poke out of the hat. However, from the black brim of the hat, as well as from inside the hat and from under the table, subtle tendrils of living shadow coalesce and reach out from the darkness.

What do I see in this painting? What does it mean to me?

A hell of a lot, to be sure. More soon, friends.