June has arrived.Â I’m happy to see it, because that means it’s been a month since World Horror.Â May was rough for me.Â Those who were at WHC and attended opening ceremonies know my world went pretty pear-shaped a few hours into the convention.Â After flying to my hometown for a few days the morning after the convention, I was able to return to Austin.Â
Returning to normal, on the other hand, hasn’t been so easy.
Lee Thomas and I spent two years preparing for World Horror.Â We had a great crew, but that doesn’t change the fact that a lot of work goes into planning a convention.Â 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.Â The toll was more emotional.Â
Still, I felt shell-shocked once I made it back to Austin.Â 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.Â The one thing I haven’t been able to do is return to normal.Â In four weeks, I’ve written about 5,000 words, when I used to write 1,000 a day.Â While I used to read two books a week, I’ve managed one since the convention.
I’m getting better, though.Â My batteries feel a little more charged.Â The world appears to be about how it should.Â Good for it.
I know I’ve been very quiet on here.Â I’m going to try to change that.Â My brain and body have had a month to recharge (despite a respiratory infection and a fun sprain in my foot).Â I’m determined to have a good, productive summer.Â Next week, I start on a new novel.Â
Here I come, folks.Â Ready or not.