Austin Signing and Other Tidbits

I’m pleased to announce that I’ll be signing at the Arboretum Barnes and Noble in Austin on July 30th, from 2PM-4PM.  The store assures me they’ll have copies of Scavengers and Supernatural Noir in stock.  Come in, say hi, and buy stuff.  I’ll be very appreciative.

Pretty good week, last week.  After sending a publisher two outlines for a potential project, the editor decided to pick up both books.  I can’t give any details yet, but I will say I’m excited as all hell to tear into these books.

Supernatural Noir was released last Wednesday.  I’ve been reading a few stories out of this beautiful little package, and all of them have been winners.  You should pick up a copy.

And Scavengers continues to do well.  A few reviews have popped up on Amazon, but we’re always hungry for more.  Go grab a copy and write a review.  There may be candy in it for you.

Have a good week, folks.  Don’t let the man get you down.

Can I call this a tour?

Well, I’m gonna!

With Scavengers now available (you can find links in the bookstore), I’ve decided I should really step up my gme in terms of promotion.  So I’ve decided to do just that.

If you look at the menu bar above, you’ll see I’ve added a section called Tour.  This is where I’ll be keeping track of all my upcoming signings and appearances.  Right now, there are only two listings there (which you’ll also find below), but I’m working on setting up more, more, more!

So come out and see me.  I don’t want to be lonely at these things.

Armadillocon 33
August 26-28, 2011
Renaissance Hotel, Austin, TX

September 22-25, 2011
Stratosphere Resort and Casino, Las Vegas, NV

Returning to normal

June has arrived.  I’m happy to see it, because that means it’s been a month since World Horror.  May was rough for me.  Those who were at WHC and attended opening ceremonies know my world went pretty pear-shaped a few hours into the convention.  After flying to my hometown for a few days the morning after the convention, I was able to return to Austin. 

Returning to normal, on the other hand, hasn’t been so easy.

Lee Thomas and I spent two years preparing for World Horror.  We had a great crew, but that doesn’t change the fact that a lot of work goes into planning a convention.  During the con itself, I ate two meals in four days and lost about 15 pounds. During the three-day trip to my hometown, I managed to cram in a few more meals and put a little bit of that weight back on.  The toll was more emotional. 

Still, I felt shell-shocked once I made it back to Austin.  In the four weeks since, I’ve mailed out goody bags to convention members who couldn’t make it, souvenir book contributor copies, and have worked on all the little duties a convention treasurer and co-chair needs to take care of.  The one thing I haven’t been able to do is return to normal.  In four weeks, I’ve written about 5,000 words, when I used to write 1,000 a day.  While I used to read two books a week, I’ve managed one since the convention.

I’m getting better, though.  My batteries feel a little more charged.  The world appears to be about how it should.  Good for it.

I know I’ve been very quiet on here.  I’m going to try to change that.  My brain and body have had a month to recharge (despite a respiratory infection and a fun sprain in my foot).  I’m determined to have a good, productive summer.  Next week, I start on a new novel. 

Here I come, folks.  Ready or not.