Busy Week Ahead

Posted: June 1st, 2014 under Conventions, Life beyond writing, the writing life.
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I now have only three days to prepare for A-Kon: I hop the train Thursday just before noon, and arrive in Dallas mid-late afternoon.   Meanwhile I have an eye doctor appointment on Tuesday,  gym on Monday and maybe also Wednesday (since my usual second day is Thursday) ,  and choir practice Wednesday.   Thanks to the computer stuff, I haven’t done the pre-convention-season shopping I was planning to do…oh, well.

I’m on several panels–if you’re going to be at A-Kon, you can find me (listed in schedule) there and in Artists Alley at table A-15, same row as Jack Campbell, Esther Friesner, Lee Martindale, Robin Wayne Bailey.  My copies of  the US Crown haven’t come, but I will have some of the UK Crown to show off, one of which will be in the charity auction: if you get it, bring it by for signing.

I also have a lot of paperwork stuff to do in those three days…I’m behind and feeling very White Rabbitish.  When I get back from A-Kon I have an appointment with a different doctor.

All of which means I  probably will not get to all comments, and there will be a blank while I’m at A-Kon (previous experience–there’s not time to play online, and with many, many thousands of avid anime fans in the hotel, the wifi availability is…inconsistent.  Arriving at A-Kon clean, decently dressed (for an anime con!!) and rested enough to be coherent is important.   I should get home Monday evening, but I’ll be wiped out (experience says) with a lot of laundry to do.  So my attention will be sparse for a week or more.

I do plan to check in here once or twice a day until I leave, just to be sure there’s no pool or blood, or green ichor, or zombie eruption.




  • Comment by Nadine Barter Bowlus — June 1, 2014 @ 8:55 pm


    Having just transitioned fron an intensive month of granny nanning to Alaska road trip in the space of 24 hours, I send you as much energy as I can to prevent brain and body overload. Take care.

  • Comment by Tuppenny — June 2, 2014 @ 10:37 am


    Will there be a round of Girds Cow? To be authentic it would have to be off key …. or sung in ‘what key?’!

  • Comment by Eowyn Ellison — June 2, 2014 @ 12:15 pm


    I am envious of the people who get to go to the Balanced Writer Panel. You are fabulous to listen to and Esther is a lot of fun to listen to. I have heard good things about Jack Campbell so that panel sounds wonderful. Several of the others sound really good as well. Alas, I don’t have the time or $ to get there. I hope you have a wonderful time.

  • Comment by Iphinome — June 2, 2014 @ 8:10 pm


    Has your Ladyship read about the archaeological find of 3000 year old pants?


  • Comment by odie — June 3, 2014 @ 5:38 am


    i just finished crown of renewal…i loved it as much as every other novel in paks’ world. well that i have read…i admit i have only skimmed liar’s oath…i really don’t care for luap, but i can say these novels have been my favorites since my dad introduced me to them when i was around 15 or 16…i am now 34 and they still evoke emotional responses from me like they did the very first time i read them. yet no reading is the same (i reread the series about once a year, and have been since i was a teen) as i grow older and my perspective changes the things i take from the read through is changed as well. things i didn’t understand when i was younger become clear with experience…thank you profusely for your diligence and hard work in paks’ reality…in writing the newer novels you granted a wish that i had never thought to have come true. thank you for giving me a refuge to retreat to when life is in turmoil and i need a little while to stop worrying about the upheaval so that when i emerge from paks’ reality i have a clear head to sort my own life events.

    i look forward to more stories from paks’ world, but if none are forthcoming i am well satisfied by what i have.

    a quick question, in crown, when Arcolin meets the refugees from fintha being persued by mage hunters is that Dorthan paks’ father? i gasped aloud at that point and worried for her family in the turmoil. ikept waiting for solid confirmation of my suspicions, but it never came. if i don’t get an answer its ok but i’ll continue to believe that it was her family that her former captain saved. i just like the thought of it, brings a little smile to my face.

    thanks again,

  • Comment by Jonathan Schor — June 3, 2014 @ 11:21 am


    GIZMODO is showing knitting needles that glow in the dark for knitting at night.

  • Comment by elizabeth — June 3, 2014 @ 11:51 am


    Tuppeny: I imagine it would be sung in whatever key the singer found easiest, unless he/she was a professional musician. When I was learning the piano (after the 18 months during which I had lessons) and wanted to play music I’d heard, I transposed it into an easier key, avoiding the difficult ones.

    Iphinome: Wow! I had not seen that. I’d heard about the “burgundy trousers” guy, but not seen a oclor image. These–I love that they wove decorative bands in them. And shaped on the loom! Definitely advanced weavers. (And yes, you definitely want trousers, or at least shorts, if you’re riding a horse.)

    Jonathan: I think those would not be popular for knitting in movie theaters… Back a hundred, hundred-fifty years, people did knit in the dark, or near-dark. Some, at least, wrapped the yarn around the windpipe of a goose, put pebbles in the windpipe (stopping the ends, of course) so if their yarn fell on the floor in the dark, they could find it by sound.

  • Comment by Richard — June 4, 2014 @ 4:54 am


    I misunderstood for a moment – vision of someone knitting in the dark with yarn round the neck of a live goose, its body held between the person’s legs or something.

  • Comment by Ed Holton — June 4, 2014 @ 7:32 pm


    I just finished Crown of Renewal and loved it, as I have evrey other Paks book you have ever written. I am a bit confused though on what I saw as maybe some loose ends. I heard somewhere that this will be the last book in the Paksverse series. But I am curious on a few counts that perhaps you might provide some insight on. What happens to Camwyn? There are several different characters that could have their own stories novelized such as Dorrin, Arcolin, or Arianya. I realize time constraints make that very unlikely, but it would still be fun to see. I, my adult son, and my 18 year old grandson are all fans and wish you the best. As a retired U.S. Navy FMF Corpsman, I will close simply with thanks and Semper Fi!

  • Comment by elizabeth — June 4, 2014 @ 8:22 pm


    For all: Remember, I’m leaving for A-Kon tomorrow. This is my last chance to answer comments until I get back next week. So hold ’em or expect veeerrryyyy slllooowww responses, like five or six days. More if there are a ton waiting for me when I get back.

    OK: Ed: This is the last book in *this* group. There will be more stories (some are due out in late fall in a collection) and probably more novels, but not right away. Camwyn’s story is…trickling in.

    Richard: When I first read about this, I had the same thought. Then I saw the word “dried” before “throttle of a goose” and figured it out.

    Terri: Thank YOU.

    Kristina: And thank you, too, for letting me know the books helped you in a rough spot.

    Odie: Well, it would have been a very neat trick to have that Dorthan be Paks’s father, and her former captain the one who saved him and the others, but no…she came from north of the Honnorgat, quite a distance from southern Fintha. Because Dort is the patron of shepherds, Dorthan is a common name in sheepraising families. OTOH, if you want to keep thinking it, you can and I won’t argue.

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