I will be at Westercon 70, down the road in Tempe AZ of the July 4th weekend (July 1-4) doing many things.
We are proud to host the most prestigious regional science fiction and fantasy convention on the west coast on its 70th anniversary. … We are officially branding our 2017 event ConAlope. We are commemorating the 70th anniversary not only of Westercon but also of the crash landing of a UFO (or a military surveillance balloon) in Roswell, NM on July 8th, 1947. We suggest that the stranded aliens wrangled a horde of frisky jackalopes and rode northwest to Tempe. They may well make an appearance at Westercon!
I will be hosting a book launch party for Beanstalk and Beyond .
I will be running episodes of Go Action Fun Time in the game room.
This will all be a whole thing with time/space coordinates as soon as I have those. This is just a head’s up.
Before that happens, I will be just south of Prescott next weekend (June 24 & 25) conducting a trail finding/building workshop at Whispering Pines Campground for the annual Arizona Community of Christ Reunion.
This is a church event, and I am there for church reasons, but it would be of interest to novice hikers, and the event is technically open to the public, assuming you register for the camp. I will also have copies of my hiking guides on hand.
I include the Whispering Pines event because several regular blog readers are also church members, and because it segues into mentioning that this blog now has a calendar page.
I am also working on a secondary book launch not on a holiday weekend at a major SF/F convention. When I have some resolution to that, I will not be shy. If you have ideas, I am still in the listening phase.
Now you know.
So I haven’t been updating blogs, but I have been plugging along on longer form fiction projects. A trade off. There’s that, and the learning curve of a new job.
I don’t have the advantage of being young and ignorant. I am simply ignorant. There’s some tolerance left to the occasional oh-that-adapter-won’t-work-with-that-gateway-because-reasons that I still encounter. But practical logistics I should be on top of. Case in point:
If you have a four am call, get your information in order the day before, in the sober daylight while informed grown-ups will answer their phones. The location in question was one small section of a labyrinthine medical facility. This particular section was nearly finished (they expected patients by 6am – hence the hour) while the rest of the sprawling site remained a dark wilderness of scaffolding and drywall studs and doors marked no entry.
Anyone on a construction site before sun-up generally knows what they are doing, and not much else.
It took me longer to find the section than to actually do the job. Happily, there was not much to it, and I wandering around looking for a way back to my car comfortably before doors opened.
My previous day job was a 24/7 operation, and I have already made the mistake of wandering around a maze of locked doors if the wee hours of the morning because I forgot to get a more specific location ahead of time. I may be new but I should know better.
I should have a book launch/party thing planned for Beanstalk and Beyond, but I don’t have books in my hand. Because I kept forgetting to order them. (There was also a paycheck gap as I transitioned jobs). From now on, that’s in the contract – author copies.
Yeah, it’s my first novel, and my first book launch. Neither of the hiking guides had such an event. Of course, I also had 12 copies shipped to my door without asking.
I should know better than to put that at the bottom of the post by now, huh?
Now we know.
They misspelled my name, but Beanstalk and Beyond is now an actual book that you can buy. You’ll need the link(s) below, because it’s nearly impossible to find via search engine at the moment.
Barnes and Noble:
These links might not be good after they correct my name.
Meanwhile, for those who have asked…
Environmental regulation has literally created my job. Though new building codes vary widely by jurisdiction, it is becoming increasingly common to require a higher level of conservation control in architectural lighting. Specifically, lights that turn themselves off when the room is empty and/or lights that dim themselves in bright sunlight.
These require specific programming, which is a large part of what I now do for a day job.
Even so, by the end of today, I was staring at a troublesome dimmer rack, and did NOT say, “Oh, there’s your problem right there. See on the front where it says Colortran?”
Also, I finished a 14k word short story about how Atlantean wizards saved the world from collision with a comet, but at a terrible price. . I have no particular market in mind for it. I finished it though, and I’m happy about that.
Someday, it may be published, with my by-line spelled correctly.
Now you know.
It may or may not be up on Amazon before then. When that happens, I will not be shy about that.
I have been warned that if I want plenty of books on hand, I want to schedule any sort of release party for late May. I am open to suggestions about this thing. Once I have time/space coordinates, I will not be shy about this either.
On May 1st, I start a new job as a field service technician for RC Lurie, which sells architectural lighting systems and related products. My end of it will be making sure they work.
It’s full time. I am not looking for side gigs until I start feeling comfortable with this job.
I will be a new employee for the first time in 15 years (and hopefully the last time as an actual employee). This will be my first job of consequence outside of live entertainment since the 1990’s. It remains to be discovered how much that takes out of me.
So I may not show up at social events I would otherwise attend, and my bliggety blogs may update less frequently for a while (particularly the ones nobody reads). I am confident, however, that I will find my way on top of all of this.
Also, I’m mowing my own lawn tomorrow. Draw your own conclusions.
Now you know.