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Mabel

KeyCon

Seeing as it's Friday, I thought maybe I should post about what I did last weekend.  Yep, I'm that on top of things.

Last weekend (May 16 - 19), I attended the local Con, KeyCon.  This was my first time attending as generally speaking it is a fandom convention, and focusses mostly on gaming and costuming, neither of which I do.  However, this year, Winnipeg and KeyCon also hosted Canvention, which sponsors the Auroras, fan-voted awards for SF/F writing, both long for and short, and in English and French.  This, of course, meant that we had a greater literary track than usual.

So aside from participating on a panel with SF poet Carolyn Clink, and moderating a panel with Jane Yolen, Eric Flint, and Justyn Perry (marketing director for Canadian small press Edge), I hung out with and had lunch with Eric Flint, Rob Saywer, Dave Duncan, Hayden Trenholm, and Tanya Huff.  I also got to know Brian and Anita Hades, publishers at Edge Press.  Oh, yes, I must also give a shout out to Cliff Samuels and Randy McCharles of the World Fantasy '08 committee.  I can't wait to go in October.

I had a fantastic time attending panels on writing and the genre and often times I found myself torn between two or more panels.  There was never a dull moment, that's for sure.  And by the end, I was exhausted and it took me a day or two to recover.  It was like attending a mini-TNEO or mini-Residency at SHU.

I've left the best until last.  I had hemmed and hawed about attending KeyCon.  I had wanted to go last year because Kevin J. Anderson was the guest of honor but ended up needing to babysit my niece (which was fabulous, loved it, loved her), but hadn't made any decisions, until on my Odyssey Alumni e-mail group, Adria, from the class of '06 posted that she was attending.  I fired off an e-mail offering to host her for the weekend.  We had a great time, talking until 2:30 am one night, and in general it was great having someone to go with who knew all the people worth knowing, and to talk about writing with.  A new friend for life.

So that was KeyCon in a nutshell.  World Horror is Comming to Winnipeg next spring.  If you're planning on attending, drop me a line.

On the writing front: I'm in the middle of doing a complete read-through of the second draft, and highlighting places that need to be tightened and changed, without stopping to make the changes, because I've never read through the full novel as is.  I want to see how it flows.  So far so good.  Certainly I don't have a lot to fix up, and what I do it is very small and manageable.  I just might get the second draft done by Residency in June.
Mabel

First Residency at SHU

This has been a fantastic week. The instructors are fantastic and it is amazing to meet with so many writers, broadening my community. I am really pleased with my mentor, Anne Harris. With a few of the right questions, she helped me realize that the project I've been slaving over for the last 4-5 years is not what I care about. That's why writing has been so hard for me. I have not enjoyed it at all. She gave me permission to write Mabel, The Lovelorn Dwarf. So I'm really excited to be returning home to get writing.

And naturally I'm returning home with a tonne of books as well which I hope to read by June. I will be reviewing the books as I read them. The reviews will be available at inkling_review. Give me a week or two to start posting there.