This isn’t so much a social distancing post as an update. I’ve put the short stories on hold until the revision for Cast in Conflict is done and back to the editor — it’s going to be a bit late =/. Release week for The Emperor’s Wolves is coming up, and in theory it’s the time when I try hard to make myself more available on social media — and I will try, but, well. Revisions. Cast in Conflict. I also believe that when it comes down to brass tacks, readers would rather have another book than … more Michelle babbling frenetically on the internet.
I will, however, continue the short stories after the revisions are gone and the release date has been celebrated, because we are not out of covid-19 social distancing territory yet — and it looks like Ontario is about to go backwards because with school openings, our numbers have been… not good. Which, I admit, after almost four months of no cases in our neighborhood was a little a) heartbreaking and b) totally predictable.
I did attend the Zoom convention, and while I had fun, I had much more fun on panels I wasn’t moderating. The lack of a visible audience, with its telltale signs of, say, boredom or impatience, made moderating very difficult for me — which I did not expect. So usually I’m a bit anxious before a panel, and hugely relieved after it’s done because by that point it’s gone well. Here I… could not come down off the ceiling because I have no idea if it went well or not.
I had a lot of fun on the panels I didn’t moderate :D. I was on a panel with Martha Wells about series.
But I’d expected to be able to concentrate on revisions for the morning, do panels, and return to revisions and that is not the way things worked out.
Completely unrelated to any of the above: eye examinations that involve suspicions about retinal difficulties? The worst eye examinations ever. Like: someone sticks a small shoe-horn into your eye socket to put pressure on your eyeball so they can fully see the back of your eye. Someone said, when I was describing this procedure that … some doctors use air to pressure the eyes instead, and I would have vastly preferred that.
Also: there’s a contest being run by The Portalist between October 6 — October 20, in which the winner gets three books. One of those books is The Emperor’s Wolves. The link to the contest is here.