ConCarolinas and other goings on ...

The tentative schedule for ConCarolinas (June 1-3, 2012) is at their web site. Keep in mind all of this is subject to change, but for now, I will be at the Book Launch on Friday at 3:00 p.m. and on Saturday at 2:00, I will be joining authors Terry W Ervin II, A.J. Hartley, James Maxey, John G. Hartness, and David B. Coe on a panel to talk about Bringing Life to Your Characters. That's a topic I'm looking forward to discussing, because the characters are always my favorite part of storytelling.

I'll be watching ConCarolina's web site and making adjustments on my Events page if anything changes. If you're in the area and want to check out a fun Con, I hope you'll stop in and say hi! I'd be delighted to meet you.

There you have it: where I'm at and where I'm going! I'll be around but until I finish weeding, I'll be keeping a low profile online.

Don't forget me.

the morning after the day before

Apologies for being absent last week, I try to post at least once a week, more if there is news, but last week left me awash in Christmas. It was fun, but I'm glad life is returning to a slower pace--well, as slow as it ever gets for me.

Cool things that happened last week:

  • A couple of us were discussing reviews on Twitter and I mentioned my bad review for Miserere, which cautioned that Miserere is not for the average reader. went over and read the review, then said that since he did not consider himself to be an average reader, he would give Miserere a go. My Merry Christmas tweet was this from @mundanename:

"MISERERE by , dark fantasy at it's best. Mythology sucked me in and the characterization held me. Perfect for your new ereader."

He calls himself @mundanename, I call him the spinmaster. If you consider yourself an above average reader, you might want to give Miserere a try.

  • The award for Best Christmas Gift goes to my husband for my new overnight luggage, which will be greatly needed this year. I am scheduled to be a guest at StellarCon March 2-4, 2012 and I will be a first-time panelist at ConCarolinas June 1-3, 2012. I am greatly looking forward to both events and I will post more detailed information as we get closer to the events.

That's it for me! What about you? Did you have a lovely holiday with cool news and/or gifts? Share them in the comments if you like.

slipping into someone's skin

I've been kind of quiet lately. There have been some shifts in The Garden, and I've been enjoying working on the story now that the characters have come alive for me. This is what always takes me so long on a brand new novel--learning to feel the characters so I can immediately slip into their skins when I write the scenes.

So now I have my Guillermo, a man who only wants to be valued for who he is, but he is drowning in memories not his own.

And Diago is a man who will not cry, who believes his bitter heart can never love again.

As I write their story, I have a line from one of Federico García Lorca's poems run through my head. It's from "Romance sonámbulo:"

Pero yo ya no soy yo ... / But I am no longer I ...

I am no longer I.

I am not myself.

My true self.

Listen:

You can still register to win one signed ARC of my novel Miserere: An Autumn Tale at Goodreads, but you have to hurry.

Next weekend (June 3-5) I will be hanging out at ConCarolinas in Charlotte, NC as a fan. It looks like they've got a super convention planned, so if you're in the area, stop by and check it out. If you see me, say hi, I'd love to meet you.

That's it for now.

Be safe and have a happy Memorial Day weekend.