It is good to have another short story in the mail. I really must look at some I have finished but not submitted and see if they need a polish–then decide where to send them. Tomorrow: going to New York to see the sights with my sister; but I’ll also get to SFWA’s Authors’ and Editors’ Reception. Should be great!
Back from Brazil and OMG, what an awesome trip! Highlights: Isabel’s parents are so warm and instantly family! Motorcycling through Chile’s narrow, winding mountain roads. Colonial villages with quaint B&Bs and a heritage steam locomotive. Surprise rock concerts that last all night long. Amazing wildlife along the Rio Mutum. Music, art and architecture of Savador. World War II history in Uruguay. And, I did start a short story.
Going to visit Isabel’s parents and see something of a country that I know very little about. Did lots of research over the last 6 months, but I’m sure I will learn lots and be quite amazed by the geography, people and history. Can’t wait!
The weekend was awesome. Sat on some fun panels and saw some that I really enjoyed. Partied, of course, and performed in the Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre Banquet. Was so happy to see people from the academic world, poetry, playwriting and literary genres come out–and a lot of very positive Facebook messages afterward. I think this festival just keeps getting better and better.
So, I attended Michael Cassutt’s screen writing workshop on Wednesday and Thursday–it was awesome! And, so good to see so many people from all over–Michael, of course, and David B. Coe, Hayden Trenholm, Suzanne Church, Barb Galler-Smith, Diane Walton, Susan McGreggor Gerald Brandt, Rob Sawyer, Adrienne Kerr, to name a very few. I could go on! Also met some new, and very wonderful people–Patty Briggs (a great singer, btw, and her husband is fantastic on the guitar), Barbara Fradkin (sooo friendly!) and Jamis Paulson. I knew Shirley Smith Matheson prior to WWC, but had never heard her speak–so funny and sharp!
Weather was great for sitting by the river, watching the kids play in the sand, splash in the backwater (tons of mud for tons of fun) and throw rocks into the water. Ate too well, of course, and got thoroughly infused with smoke at the campfire. Even played the guitar a little–but mostly sang as others played.
Editing Terry’s novel today–chapter 12 done! Really enjoying the process, but I am finding it takes on average about 10 hours per chapter.
Don suggested we take a motorcycle trip on the weekend and it was glorious: four days of hot, sunny weather, wild roads, beach, and barbecue. The campground we stay at–we usually come out every summer–is funky and friendly. But man, did I have to work hard earlier in the week to create the time off for myself! Self employment has its good parts, but some downsides as well.
The role of SFWA secretary promises to be a demanding one, at least for the first few months, but I’m getting a bit more efficient with procedures and routines. Whew! Also, back to the editing job and loving it. Making good progress. And, last night I got a draft of my AFA application done, and it’s not due until September. Looking forward to getting back to the novel, and AFA support would certainly help. Hope third time is the charm.
Rainy day today, and none of my family home. Just the perfect day to get lots of writing done!
So, as of Monday, I began my term as SFWA secretary, and it has been a whirlwind week! Not only learning and applying the job, but moving forward with ongoing issues–it’s been busy. However, the board as a whole is thoughtful and careful, moving forward at the greatest speed possible, while being prudent and double-checking every detail. I’m impressed. Confidentiality prevents them from disclosing details, so the silence tends to make people think nothing is happening which is unfortunate, because the dead opposite is true. I’m learning a lot!