I leave Friday (the 24th) for a week of workshopping novels in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. Â I’ll be in the fabulous company of old friends and get to meet a few new writers, and to be just and only writerly for a week. Â I get to wear the writer hat all by itself maybe four or five weekends a year, and two long weeks a year. Â This is one of the two long weeks: Â I’m very much looking forward to it.
From the workshop, I run off to Chicago for the World Science Fiction Convention. Â The Chicago crowd tends to throw a really good convention; I am very much looking forward to it. Â I have two world-building panels, two readings (one with Broad Universe and one on my own), a signing, a coffeeklatch (y’all come now!) and a “writer under glass” session – which means writing while being watched, I think. Â Never tried that before! Â I will post the full schedule a few days before the convention. Â I also get to see Gisele Peterson at Worldcon, who I’ve known since I was 18. Â That’s was – ahem – more than thirty years ago!Â We used to live on the same sand-flea ridden street in south Florida. Â Now we live kittycorner to each other all the way across the country. Â For years, we stayed in touch be periodically meeting in the middle to take our kids on vacation. Â They’ve gone and grown up on us, so now we meet wherever Worldcon is.