December 30th, 2009

On an adventure (Doctor Who and Rose)

Rambling, conventions, and the new year

For one reason or another (mainly another), I've dropped out of contact with an awful lot of people over the last year. I'm tempted to resolve to do much better next year, but that's just setting myself up for failure. I *hope* I'll do a lot better, but that'll only happen if something changes to free up more time (servants! a cure for sleep!). So, sorry to those of you I owed emails to over the course of the year but never sent. I meant to. I really did.

On the plus side, we're going to both Eastercon and Wiscon in 2010, so I'm hoping to catch up with a lot of people there. I love conventions, and these are two of my favourite. Steph is holding her book launch at Wiscon, and we'll be doing a group reading (more on that closer to the date). I shall probably only be a spectator at Eastercon. Entertain me!

Talking about Eastercon, I have to say, that is an impressive lineup of guests of honour: Alastair Reynolds, Iain Banks, Liz Williams, and Mike Carey. Fantastic writers whose books I love. But the one that made me really squee with excitement was the artist guest of honour: Carlos Ezquerra. This is the guy who co-created Judge Dredd and Strontium Dog! *Sniffs smelling salts*.

Yeah, okay, I am still a fan boy at heart.

As for Wiscon, that is probably my single favourite con. I have to say that the prospect of doing a transgalactic--er, transatlantic--flight with a 19-month-old toddler fills me with a nameless, almost Cthuloid dread, but it'll be worth it. At Wiscon, I'll be the one looking like a shell-shocked, sleep-deprived zombie. We'll also be in Michigan for a few weeks, and in New York for about a week. We haven't fixed the dates yet, but we'll probably arrive in the US in mid-to-late April, head to New York in mid May, and then round it off at Wiscon at the end of May.

Being as it's that time of year when the Christmas excess is starting to wear off and the last year's failures-of-will have been forgotten, I've been thinking about new year's resolutions. If I'm not going to resolve to be a more reliable friend (sigh), I'm going to focus on the writing.

So, my new year's resolution for 2010 is to write every single day. I've never done that for a year before. I'm going to count revising, planning, and sketching out ideas as writing, of course, and I intend to excuse myself in the case of big emergencies or horrendous illnesses, but otherwise, I'm going for it. If I succeed, I expect you all to send me little prizes. :)