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Monday, April 1st, 2013

I am still feeling awful, so I can’t do a full con report at this point.

We made the trip and spent the night at S.A. Bolich’s house in Spokane. The next day we got to the hotel later than planned. I had to park on the side of the road for a bit to sleep. Lucky for me my kids and the doggies were patient. We got there near about the time the Man did, which was lovely. We got me registered at the con and figured out where my reading that night would be, and then had dinner.

My reading was Thursday night and I think I read too fast. I need to practice more. I did have a good audience, which included a bunch of friends from Miscon and beyond, and that was delightful.

I think that’s about all I can tolerate tonight. Did I mention that a ton of flowers and trees were in bloom, grass was green, and the sun was lovely. No rain. I didn’t get to go away to eat very much, sadly. I always like to get good food traveling. But then again, given how sick I am right now, food sounds not so good.

More later.

Sunday, March 31st, 2013
Home again

I am home, exhausted and feeling sickly. Not sure why. Started yesterday. Hoping it’s nothing. Norwescon was lovely fun. I only wish I could have found a way to spent more time with people by going to parties, but with the kids and man there, I wanted to spend more time with them. Plus the weather was lovely. Warm, green, and there were flowers.

I will tell you all about the panels soon, but right now, I am too tired to do them justice. I also got to see some friends and make some more.

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013
Hit the Road Jack!

And that is what I plan to do tomorrow. I’m heading to Norwescon after I get done with my teaching. So excited. Can’t wait. But that means I won’t be here for the next five days or so. I hope you all have a lovely week and a Happy Easter, if you so celebrate, and I hope it’s warm and lovely wherever you are. See you when I get back!!!! Or for some of you, maybe at Norwescon?

Sunday, March 24th, 2013
I survived! and my Norwescon Schedule

I survived the sleepover. Except that girlie now has what you might euphemistically call intestinal distress. By which I mean I’m washing a lot of clothes and her sheets (that I incidentally watched just yesterday) because, well, it got ugly, poor thing. Now she’s sipping Apple Juice and nibbling crackers. Gotta get some probiotics into her.

I have no idea what to wear to Norwescon. I have some cool costumery type things, but I just don’t know if I want to wear corsetry if I don’t know how uncomfortable it might be for the duration of a day in a hotel I’ve never been to. Same with shoes. I have a newish pair of boots that are very comfortable, but are they comfortable for 8-12 hours? My hotel is across the parking lot, so going back to change isn’t necessarily swift. Guess I’ll figure it out. Hopefully soon, since I’ll be leaving on Wednesday. My reading is Thursday night.

And speaking of Norwescon, here’s where you can find me. Also, I’m up for getting together inbetween and feel free to chat me up. My hair as some serious streaks of bright purplish blue in it right now. Bright. Can’t miss me.

Diana Pharaoh Francis reads Blood Winter Thursday 9:00pm-9:30pm Cascade 1
An excerpt from the latest Horngate Witches novel. Rated R
Diana Pharaoh Francis

Crowns & Swords Friday 2:00pm-3:00pm Cascade 5
Countless novels have been set in the intertwined worlds of monarchy and fantasy, often involving epic battles. Given that many fantasy novels are set in worlds drawn from medieval Europe, it’s no surprise to see so many stories based around monarchies – kings and queens, tyrannical emperors, and long-lost heirs to the throne. How much of fantasy’s appeal is grounded in this familiar setting, and how can this long-standing tradition be updated or refreshed; or should it be abandoned entirely?
Diana Pharaoh Francis, Gregory A. Wilson, Heather Hudson, Linda Pearce

Writing a Series Friday 6:00pm-7:00pm Cascade 3&4
Many of the most commercially successful speculative novels are series. Authors talk about how (and whether) they planned to write a series. How do you avoid repetition while keeping the setting and characters consistent from book to book?
Ken Scholes, John (J.A.) Pitts, Diana Pharaoh Francis, Rhiannon Held

Rogues and Anti-Heroes in Fantasy Saturday 10:00am-11:00am Cascade 7
From Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser, to the denizens of Thieves’ World, to Alec and Seregil of Lynn Flewelling’s Nightrunner series — loveable rogues and anti-heroes have been part of Fantasy since the early days. But why do we love them? Do they fulfill some need in us when we “aim to misbehave?” Come join us as we talk about our favorites and muse about which ones show promise in current fantasy fiction.
Diana Pharaoh Francis, Brenda Carre, Peter Blanton, Mark Nelson

Autograph Session 1 Saturday 2:00pm-3:00pm Grand 2
Our Attending Professionals are available to sign autographs. PLEASE NOTE: So that as many fans as possible can participate, we will be enforcing a three-items-at-a-time (or single-sketch) autograph limit.
Autumn Grieve, Camille Alexa, Kevin J. Anderson, Carol Berg, S. A. Bolich, Clinton J. Boomer, Kurt Cagle, Chelsea M. Campbell, Charles “Zan” Christensen, Brenda Cooper, Erik Scott de Bie, Cymbric Early-Smith, Ellen Forney, Diana Pharaoh Francis, Jean Johnson, Karen Kincy, Nancy Kress, Edward Martin III, Susan R. Matthews, Angel Leigh McCoy, Dan Murphy, Mark Nelson, G. David Nordley, Brian D. Oberquell, David J. Peterson, Cat Rambo, Jon Rogers, Lorelei Shannon, Jack Skillingstead, Jeff Sturgeon, Jonny Nero Action Hero, Dennis R. Upkins, G. Willow Wilson

How to Write Vivid Scenes Saturday 5:00pm-6:00pm Cascade 5
What makes writing vivid? What does vivid writing do for the reader? How can you edit existing writing to make it more vivid? How to use all five senses.
Diana Pharaoh Francis, Karen Kincy, S. A. Bolich, William F. Nolan

Congratulations, It Sucks! Saturday 8:00pm-9:00pm Cascade 8
How to tackle a major rewrite. Rescue your story from your writing, and actually learn from your mistakes while you fix them.
Diana Pharaoh Francis, Chelsea M. Campbell, Jack Skillingstead

Friday, March 15th, 2013
The day that was/is

Remember that post I made with the saddle that reminded me of Sheri Tepper’s Grass? Today I got awesome spam mail wanting to buy it. Bwahahahaha! And if it *was* like the Grass device, they’d be so very sorry to get it, too.

I’m getting closer to getting the WIP in progress right. Got feedback from my agent today. I have some tweaks and a cool and interesting addition to make that I hadn’t thought of before and then, hopefully, I’ll be set.

Bon Jovi has a new album out. I want to get it. I remember seeing them for the Slippery When Wet Tour in Fresno with Cinderella opening.

My lovely and wonderful husband surprised me with flowers today. Terribly surprising, given he’s in Oregon. I cried. I admit it. Love that man. Miss him. Two weeks til I get to see him again.

All the Crosspointe books and two of the Path books (three will come soon), are available on Audible.com. I haven’t had a chance to listen yet, so if anyone has, how are they?

If you haven’t seen this, it’s hilarious. Poor sales guy.

Thursday, February 28th, 2013
The Winner

Wow, you all made that a really difficult contest. I had a tough time picking a winner, but I decided on Ken because I loved the story and it totally made me think about those summers nights when I was a kid. Those perfect summer moments. So shoot me your email Ken!

In other news, someone came to look at our house yesterday, which is largely why I wasn’t posting here yesterday. No idea how it went really. I’m trying really hard not to get my hopes up and forget they even looked. Need to preserve my sanity. Oh hush. Yes there is something there to preserve.

I heard from my agent on my sample pages. She likes them, but also had suggestions for revision. Now I knew there would be revision suggestions and they are good. But the little kid inside always wants a gold star and some confetti and a hearty “it’s perfect! It’s going to be the best thing EVER!” Sigh. Yeah. Reality never matches that particular fantasy for anyone, and if it does, chances are they’re from Nigeria and want me to give them my bank account numbers, passwords, social security number, and possibly plasma. Anyhow, that means digging in on revision and I’m looking forward to that.

Are your reading Moon Called? Because Discussion happens here on Saturday!!!!

I had this weird dream last night that involved a big skyscraper hotel with some sort of day spa and was also situated in the middle of an amusement park. I’m terrified of heights, so I don’t do roller coasters and gravity drops and so on. At one point in this dream, I’m at the day spa pool with my dogs and for some reason they let me bring them into the pool, so long as I stayed in this little shallow scalloped out pool of our own, which frankly was pretty cool. A bit later, I’ve got some reason to go up to my room without the dogs, so I go get on the elevator. Only the elevator doesn’t go up and down in a traditional way, it is a roller coaster car that goes through a bunch of curves, rolls, hills and so on in order to get to any floor. Except I didn’t know that until we’re going through the first wild turn and down into the first hill. Yeah. Maybe it was a nightmare.

And sticking with that scary theme, I want to leave you with this TERRIFYING idea of fun. A huge (read insane) rope swing. Watching makes me want to throw up. I’m sure some of you are thinking, Cool! Where can I sign up? Now which one of us is insane?

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013
Win free money!

I have to gift cards to give away. The first one happens today. Enter by Midnight tonight, 2/26! I’ll be choosing my favorite answer. Here’s the question, if you could travel back in time in your lifetime, when would you go and why?

This winner gets an Amazon gift card for $13.10 (from you all using links on this page to buy stuff on Amazon–it’s rewards for you time!)

And now, go! (enter on my LJ or my website blog. Either is fine)

Wednesday, January 9th, 2013
where to find me today

I’m in two places today, because I’m magical.

First, I’m over at Magical Words talking about what you can and can’t do as a writer. I’m told it’s inspirational.

Second, I’m over at Bitten by Books today, and there’s a giveaway too! I’m giving you the rafflecopter link to enter, but you should also go see what I’m talking about!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Sunday, January 6th, 2013
Cool Stuff

I’ve been forgetting to mention that the first three Crosspointe books: The Cipher, The Black Ship, and The Turning Tide, are all available on Audible.com for your listening pleasure. I haven’t had a chance to hear them yet, but I’m really excited. I’ve listened to the samples though. Awesome to hear them read! The Hollow Crown will be coming soon, as will be all the Path Books.

Also, I signed stock at Powells Beaverton in Oregon while I was there, at Escape Fiction Books in Salem, and at the Spokane Valley Mall Barnes and Noble in Spokane. So if you want signed copies, that’s the place to go. Also, The Bookstore has my books, and better yet, I can personalize them just for you before you get them. Just let me know you’ve ordered, or let Debbie know and I’ll get down there and sign.

Thursday, December 27th, 2012
The events of a day

First, I want to mention that I’m over at The Reading Cafe with a pretty cool interview (well the questions are cool. It’s up to you whether the answers were scintillating.)

Two interviews on Amazon! Am I counting? Maybe a little. Neurotic author is, well, neurotic. I want more!!!! Ok, breathe. Breathe.

Today we had a bit of adventure. Well, let’s start with last night where we got the Roku 2 to work and that was exciting. It’s always amazing when the tech works as advertised. Watched Mirror, Mirror, which was silly, but I enjoyed thoroughly all the same. I loved the giant dwarves on stilts, and well, Sean Bean showed up in the end. *swoon*

We went for a walk today out in Minto State Park. That’s the one where last summer my kids and I accidentally took a 5 mile walk because we had never been there before and didn’t know the trails at all. Now we know at least some. This time, we went much shorter. Tried to find a couple of Geocaches, but no luck. Then we went to the area where you can let dogs run off leashes. The boys were excited to meet some other doggies, and everything was going well until . . .

Let me preface the rest by saying that my daughter got an umbrella in her stocking this year. She’s had it with her pretty much every second since. In the house, or out. Today she was using it as a parasol. Well, out in the dog bark, we met a big, giant lab. She was sweet, right up to the point she grabbed the umbrella and took off running. She kept playing keep away with it from her person, and then stopped and started shredding it like a hyena with a dead wildebeast. Girlie was devastated. Full of woe. We ended up heading out to Target to get a replacement, so all is better, but it was damned funny watching that dog rip up the umbrella. She thought it was her own special toy.

And I’ve been doing some updating on the website. Got a lot of things up-to-date. Speaking of which, are there things you want to see on the website you don’t see? Things you want me to blog about? Anything?