In other news, I have been merrily writing and plotting and writing and plotting. Book 2 of the Tales of Port Saint Frey is with Agent Goloboy of Red Sofa, and I have found my way in to Book 3. As a dyed-in-the-wool pantser, it’s the only way I can do it. Outlining wastes time at the beginning; pantsing often causes wrong turns and dead ends, but I’d rather have the delays in the middle than at the beginning. I feel like outlining just makes me spin my wheels when I’d rather just dive in.
I just now finished — like a half hour ago — a new novella that I’m very happy with. It’s science fiction, it’s related to Murder on the Hohmann, and I’m all aglow with the feeling of creation and inspiration.
My next convention is at ArmadilloCon and I will be one of the teachers for the writers workshop. This is one of the top one-day writers workshops for science fiction, fantasy, horror, and speculative writers. If you write and are coming to the convention, you should seriously check it out.
ArmadilloCon Writers Workshop
ArmadilloCon Writers Workshop, run by Marshall Ryan Maresca. The deadline is coming up: June 15, so hurry and get your story or chapter in.
By the way, Marshall is an alumnus of the workshop, and his books, beginning with The Thorn of Dentonhill, are fast-paced, intricate fantasy, that are fun and action-packed. Check them out if you haven’t already.
Other alumni include myself and Campbell Award nominee Stina Leicht. The workshop was ably run for many years by Wendy Wheeler and Jennifer Evans of long-time Austin writers group The Slug Tribe, and they turned it over to me, and then I handed it over to Stina, who in turn passed the baton to Marshall. I sold the first story I ever workshopped through the Armadillocon Writers Workshop to Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine. This workshop works, people.