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Submitted by Howard Tayler on April 15, 2008 - 16:44
I was clearing out our storage area, trying to make the job of shipping Schlock Merchandise run more smoothly, and I found a hidden treasure. There was a stack of numbered sketch editions of The Blackness Between. I had held them against damaged or missing packages and then they got forgotten. It seems a shame to let these books gather dust when I know there are Schlock fans who would love to have them, so we’re offering them for auction.
Submitted by Howard Tayler on April 14, 2008 - 02:31
This week’s Writing Excuses is my favorite episode yet. Why? Well… I brought my iPod along, and fired up the stopwatch, so we could all see exactly how much time we’d spent.
Submitted by Howard Tayler on April 13, 2008 - 20:23
It’s always hard to leave a convention, and Ad Astra was no exception. Sunday seemed very, very short, especially by comparison to Saturday. I only had three events, and at the end of the third one (my signing session in the Dealers’ Room) Sandra and I were supposed to hook a cab to the airport.
Submitted by Howard Tayler on April 13, 2008 - 10:25
Sandra and I slept in just a bit, and began the day with a nice breakfast in the hotel. Then my schedule kicked in for what felt like two straight days. I had four hours of panels, one blog TV shoot, numerous conversations in the halls, and I think I was running my mouth (and my brain, fortunately) non-stop. By 5:00pm I was wiped out, but all I had time for was a power-nap. Following said power-nap, we hit the Guest of Honor Dinner, which I think I kind of dozed through in spite of the fascinating conversation happening at our table. Liana K. and Christopher Golden managed to keep everyone entertained there while I managed to appear awake. You know I’m worn out when I’m too exhausted to talk. While the day was full of memorable moments during the panels, the one I’d really like to share happened early in the day during the “Working As A Creative Professional” panel. A smart-looking, attractive young woman asked the question: “When do you know that it is time to quit the day-job and try to be a writer (or artist, or musician, or whatever) full-time?”
Submitted by Howard Tayler on April 8, 2008 - 11:01
I’m finishing up the Teraport Wars bonus story this week, and haven’t had the brain space to finish writing my Ad Astra convention report. I assure you, though, I’ll get around to it.
Submitted by Howard Tayler on April 3, 2008 - 12:30
Submitted by Howard Tayler on April 1, 2008 - 21:48
Chimaeracon is a great little gaming convention, with around 200 attendees. When I attended in 2006 I got introduced to Frag, and Al Griego planted the seeds for getting me hooked on mini painting.
Returning in 2008 was huge fun. The hands-down flashiest bit was the Mechwarrior pods brought in by Mechcorps of Houston, where you actually climb inside a cockpit, shut out the world, and play Mechwarrior with two sticks, two pedals, six screens, and I don’t know how many buttons.
Submitted by Howard Tayler on March 31, 2008 - 23:04
I went seven years, nine months, and twenty-one days without missing a strip. That’s not such a bad run. But I guess with all the convention travel, I neglected to finish the work on today’s installment. I’ve forgotten to upload before, but until now I’ve not forgotten to color.
I would have caught that if I hadn’t been so very, very tired all day.
Submitted by Howard Tayler on March 31, 2008 - 13:11
I’m amazed at how wiped out I am after a convention. Good morning, world! It’s 11am, and I’ve been in bed pretty much for the last 12 hours.
I’m still collecting my thoughts, and they’re pretty scattered. Between Chimaeracon, Brainshare, and Ad-Astra, I’ve had three events in two weeks. I’m pretty sure today is a wash.
While I convalesce, here’s a new episode of Writing Excuses.
Submitted by Howard Tayler on March 31, 2008 - 00:32
I’m back from Toronto.
I’m exhausted. I’ll write up a con-report tomorrow, assuming I can decompress and blog at the same time.
So tired. So very, very tired…