Needless to say, I had a wonderful time in Virginia Beach last week. Every year I go back, I’m awed at the amount of inspiration packed into those seven days. It’s the perfect storm for creativity: a community of amazing, supportive, and inspiring women; great food and conversation; wine and chocolate; the beach just off our back porch; and significant stretches of quiet time to think, meditate, and write.
Twelve days ago, I didn’t know what my next writing project would be. Now I’m 15,000 words into a new urban fantasy idea that promises to deliver a dark, sexy, and thoroughly entertaining story. How did that happen? I think it’s magic. Followed by blood, sweat, and tears of course, to make the entire manuscript a reality. But the moment of inception, when an idea takes root and suddenly bursts forth, is sheer magic.
My writing of course has slowed down this week as I settle back into life in Kansas City. I have many mundane tasks to take care of. End-of-the-year reports for Avila. (No, unfortunately, the sabbatical does not render me exempt from that!) Follow-up on presentations that we’re preparing for the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation meetings this summer. (I’m excited about this but still, it’s work waiting to be done.) Tax returns. (Aaagh!) I was granted an extension due to being out of the country, so now I have to get those done by June 15. Taking the car into the shop for routine maintenance. (That alone sucked up my entire day yesterday.)
And then there’s FUN stuff like getting back out in the garden, seeing my friends and colleagues again, Mother’s Day brunch with my family, and simply enjoying the lovely spring weather were having in Kansas City.
Next week, my blog tour for the audio edition of High Maga starts. Hooray! I’m very excited about this tour. It will include some great interviews on topics as varied as producing an audio book and portraying women in war. I’ve got about fifteen stops lined up all in all; I will post the full schedule on Monday. And as part of the tour, I will be hosting a giveaway in which winners can choose between the audio edition, print edition, or ebook edition of High Maga. Be sure to stop by next week to find out more.
We are also in the countdown to ConQuesT. Just 10 days left. I have my schedule of panels and readings now, and I will be posting that closer to the dates of the con. If you’re in the Kansas City area, please join us for the fun, August 22-24 at the Hyatt Regency in Kansas City. On-line registration is now closed, but you can still register at the door. We have lots of great guests this year, including the incomparable George R.R. Martin. Find out more by visiting ConQuesT’s web site.
Here’s some music to brighten your week: “Magic” by Coldplay.