I had a wonderful time at MileHiCon last weekend. My panels were fun, particularly the "bad geology" one - I've got a whole new list of mockworthy movies now, thanks to my fellow panelists. Such as Asteroid vs. Earth, which is a strong contender for Worst Geophysics Ever. (We had a geophysicist on the panel who worked out calculations to show exactly how moronic the movie's "science" is. His combo of dry wit and mathematical savaging of the premise had the audience rolling with laughter.) Ring of Fire is another gem of stupidity that sounds like it deserves the MST3K treatment. However, Pompeii got the geologist stamp of approval...sort of. Except for the pyroclastic flow that put the brakes on to allow a melodramatic scene between lovers ("Are you done now? Okay, I can start destroying things again!"), and the size of the tsunami. And the terrible plot before the volcano started erupting...the panel recommends you fast-forward to the part where everybody starts dying.
My week since returning from MileHiCon has been less fun. I threw out my back (OUCH) and my day job's workload abruptly increased to insane levels. A temporary thing, brought on by end-of-year deadlines. But during the next month or so it'll be more difficult than ever for me to carve out writing time, which leaves me a frustrated, unhappy, advil-chowing camper.
But! All is not sadness. Next week I'm off to the World Fantasy Convention in DC, a trip I'm eagerly anticipating. I love the laid-back "family reunion" feel of WFC, and hanging out with friends is just what I need right now. (That, and sleep, and writing time, all of which I shall have. Yay for WFC!)
I've got a reading slot at 10am on Sunday Nov 9, so if you'll be at WFC, please come! Otherwise, I'll have to eat all the donuts I bring myself. Wait. That doesn't sound so bad...except for the part where I can't exercise them off until my back is better. Darn.
Oh, and in sympathy for those of you who've been waiting ages for The Labyrinth of Flame but can't come to the con to hear me read a scene or two, before I leave I'll be posting the first chapter of the book. Just in case you're like me and enjoy a taste of what's coming. (I know, I know, some of you prefer to wait until the book's complete and in your hands. I admire your self-control. As a reader, I have none.)