Whenever the blog goes silent, two things could be happening: I’m in a writer slump or there’s just a lot of stuff going on. This time, I’m happy to say it’s the latter.

Fog Season came out and I’ve been doing a series of book signings and other events. I’m off to Comicpalooza this weekend, God willing and the creek don’t rise, as they say

I’m not going to Kingwood but still. This is what Texas flooding does.

down here, and there’s a better than equal chance that the creek has not only risen it’s washed out the road, because we’ve been getting these vast apocalyptic rainstorms these past few days. This is normal for Texas, because if Texas isn’t in a drought, it’s being flooded. But, if the weather behaves, I’ll be in Houston among my people.

The weekend before last was a day at Scarborough Faire. I haven’t been since the kids were little, though we’ve been to other Renfaires in Texas, and it was good to be back. It was a beautiful day. As you can see in the photo, I decked myself out. My friend Jenny Hanniver laced me up, because as she said, a goth knows shoes and corsets. Her first tug was firm and tight and I had to have her back it down a notch.

All laced up and ready to have fun at the Faire.

Then last week we celebrated birthdays with friends. On Saturday my friends Julie and Austin celebrated Austin’s birthday with a day out at Blanco State Park. And on Sunday my friends Julie and Austin celebrated their birthdays with a lovely brunch. I was only confused a little bit when the invites came within two hours of each other. I once had three sets of friends named Patti and Mike, and we used to have to distinguish which we meant. Blond Patty, Long-haired Mike, etc. After the two parties were over, Ben referred to one of the Austins as Camping Austin, and sorry, Austin, but that’s just the way it goes from now on.

The real reason the blog has gotten short shrift is that I have taken on programming for ArmadilloCon, my hometown convention. We have an amazing lineup this year, and if you are local or even if you are not, you should come to the convention because it’s going to be super. I can’t divulge all just yet, so visit the website and take a look at the guests. I’m so excited about the programming, because it’s going to include student filmmakers and a screenwriting and movie track, and the whole thing is going to be so much fun.

And then there is the story a week challenge. I’ve struggled on actually writing a story a week, but that’s okay, because it’s the journey, not the destination. I just finished a story yesterday, called “The Scent of Horses,” and it’s sad. I had a hard time writing it because it was sad and personal.

And then there’s book news. We’re going out on submission with the new manuscript, I have an outline in the works for the third book in the Tales of Port Saint Frey, and I think I am going to jump into another project because it will cause me to stretch my abilities and potentially open up other doors for me professionally.

As for more stories in Port Saint Frey world, if you haven’t already signed up for my newsletter, which is extremely non-spammy and is irregular to the point of nonexistence, you can do so and I will send you a subscriber-only story set in the same world, called Red Ned Mederos and the Sea Girl of Port Saint Frey.

That’s all for now!


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