I’m back from WorldCon. I do have an iPad now, although I never got a chance to sit around downstairs where the free wi-fi was to learn how best to use it, because I was raging busy and also my neck was giving me fits–so carrying any more weight in the tote bag was not going to happen. I have the iPad, and a padded case with a keyboard for it. Yay! (Eventually, when I learn to use it, right?)
Very, very busy convention, and tiring with the size of the convention center and the heat outside and my schedule. However, met a lot of neat people, plenty of people wanted me to sign their books (always an ego-boost) and all I lost on the trip was my really good Knit-Picks needle gauge, which I will have to replace pronto.
Item & Question #1: I found a dealer who makes coins for fantasy worlds, at present mostly for George R.R. Martin’s Game of Thrones, but also for Pat Rothfuss and others. I think it would be great to have some Paksworld coins. I talked to Tom Maringer about that, and he seems somewhat interested, but he wasn’t familiar with me or with the Paksenarrion books. So the question is: would any of you actually buy such things if you found them at a convention? Do you collect items associated with your favorite books?
Item & Question #2: After last year and this year searching for the right artist to do some artwork for the Paksworld website (and maybe also an SF website or the SF pages of my main website) I found some pencil and pen & ink work I really liked, and talked to Richard Hescox. Most of the work you find at his website is paintings, but there’s a little of his pen & ink work for GRRM’s “A Clash of Kings” under that heading. I saw more, and pencil sketches, at the show. We’re going to communicate about this now that WorldCon’s over. Meanwhile…do you collect artwork associated with your favorite books? I know a lot of people buy cover art, or prints of it, but would you want small prints of character sketches or action scenes? Eventually I do plan to make prints of the master map, possibly after coloring it and adding other details (it would be sort of poster-sized.)
Item #3: Editor gave a strong hint that they’d like me to go back to SF-military space adventure next. How hungry are you for more Paksworld? I know I have people begging for more Vatta’s War and even more of the Serrano/Suiza universe, but I also know you have been faithful followers of Paksworld through the long drought. If it’s possible, how would you feel about alternating years, if that’s what needs to happen? I’m not willing to stay away from Paksworld for another 20 years (for one thing, do I even have another 20 years??) I may, however, need a break from the very long Paksworld books, and a single SF book (they’re shorter) might be that break.