Norwescon 40 is over!

I did­n’t make it to Nor­wescon last year, so it was a treat to attend for its 40th anniversary. I really enjoyed the pan­el on Rhythm in Fic­tion, which was really inform­at­ive, des­pite Car­ol Ber­g’s uncer­tainty of what would be dis­cussed. It turned out well. Anoth­er favour­ite was Writ­ing to Mar­ket, where we learned a log from lib­rar­i­an Marta Mur­vosh, as well as the oth­er pan­el­lists.

My favour­ite event, though, was the Broad Uni­verse Rap­id Fire Read­ings on Sat­urday night. I got to share a few pages of my WiP, Griffin and the Spuri­ous Cor­rel­a­tions (and was sad to have to tell people it isn’t pub­lished yet!), but most import­antly, I was hon­oured to have been asked to read from the work of the late Sue Bolich, who was a ter­rif­ic writer, sup­port­er and friend to many of us. I read the open­ing seg­ment of “A Call to Reas­on,” a chapter in her col­lec­tion of stor­ies that take place in the Museum of the Arcane. This col­lec­tion is called Out of the Vaults, and I really hope it comes avail­able for pur­chase.

Spe­cial thanks to Andrea Howe, Sue’s edit­or, who said a few words about Sue and how much she meant to us.

I  hope to be back to Nor­wescon next year, or the year fol­low­ing. It was a great pleas­ure to meet so many new folks, and of course to hang with my peeps.

10 Things I Can See From Here

1) Car­ol Berg

2) Brenda Carr

3) a TV — not on

4) a fire­place — not on

5) a massive Garry Oak tree

5) Saanich inlet

6) some ducks

7) a rug

8) Four wooden let­ters: H O M E

9) a glass of water with ice

10) Two small statues of angels, each hold­ing a post-thing with a flat top per­fect for hold­ing a candle.

Norwescon 2017

Here I sit in one of my favour­ite Writ­ing Retreat loc­a­tions.… Chez Brenda Carr, with the glor­i­ous view of a massive Garry Oak tree and Saanich Inlet. Brenda is right…there, and Car­ol Berg is right in front of me, and we’ve all been work­ing  away for sev­er­al hours. Car­ol has been here for a week already; I only joined them today. For tomor­row… We are off!

Down to Seattle for Nor­wescon. These two have fin­ished their cri­tiques for the Fair­wood Writers’ Work­shop. Me, I’m not up to any­thing this week­end but attend­ing some cool pan­els and hanging with friends. I’m sure I will learn many many things.

Creative Ink Fest 2017

What a fab­ulous week­end! I atten­ded so many ter­rif­ic pan­els (Writ­ing Fight Scenes, Real Life Super­wo­men), and was on a few that also went really well (Research, Beta Read­ers, Storytelling on the Fly).

I was also the read­er for the Live Action Slush Pile (writers sub­mit the first page of their WiP and as I read it aloud the pan­el­list raise their hands at the point they would stop read­ing), and boy, were there some ter­rif­ic sub­mis­sions! Usu­ally the pan­el­list’s hands fly up in nano­seconds, and this time there were very few times I was asked to stop read­ing. Very cool. The most com­mon cri­ti­cism was to get to the action more quickly: good set-up but then stop with the set-up and start the action.

Great to see good friends, and meet new ones. And I’m so glad Sandra Wick­ham has already pos­ted the dates for next year: May 18–20, the Vic­tor­ia Day long week­end. I’ll def­in­itely be there.