The Quick And Dirty BayCon Update

I went to BayCon and had fun, but came home with an epic case of Con Crud that is trying to turn into bronchitis.  So a few quick points before I toddle back to a cough medication induced haze.

I won Best in Show for my X-Wing Pilot costume.  Carolyn Hill has awesome pictures of me and Denise Tanaka in her costume on her website.  I’ll get some up once I’m able to think clearly and get permission to post a few more pictures.  It’s hard to take shots of yourself when you’re in costume.

I had an awesome time hanging out with all my friends.  My hobbies-for-writers panel seemed to go over well, so I’ll keep it in my back pocket for future cons.  The co-writer panel was also a lot of fun, and for once I didn’t feel like an imposter when I spoke.  The Match Game was a lot of fun.  The fanart panel was a lot of fun and brought back memories of my time in the X-File fandom.

Unfortunately, I came home feeling a bit off.  By late in the evening, I had a plugged up nose and began the  process of coughing up my lungs.  Docs have seen fit to give me medicine, so I’m now going in an out of a mental haze. I’ll try to do a deeper writeup when I’m not so fuzzy headed.

BayCon 2017 Schedule

Here’s where to find me during BayCon 2017.  The full schedule of events can be found here.

Creative Hobbies For Writers 
Friday 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM, Synergy 5
We create with words. But when we’re relaxing, what do you do? Knit? Paint? Sculpt? Weave baskets underwater while wearing SCUBA gear? And how does it inform your writing?
Sheryl Hayes (M), Michele Roger, Tyler Hayes, Dr. Carolyn Hill, Daniel Dociu

Masquerade/Variety Show
Saturday 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM, Convene 1
BayCon’s talented individuals show their moxie and their craftsmanship through performances and costuming with a nod to this year’s theme.

Collaborations: Are two heads better than one or do too many writers spoil the plot? 
Sunday 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM, Synergy 5
Are two heads better than one or do too many writers spoil the plot?
Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff (M), Mark Gelineau, Sheryl Hayes, Kathleen Bartholomew

Match Game
Monday 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM, Inspire 1
Hilarity ensues as our contestants try to match their answers.
Ms. Jennifer L. Carson (M), J. L. Doty, Sheryl Hayes, Chris O’Halloran, JC Arkham

FanArt 
Monday 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM, Synergy 1
Is fan inspired art (the art equivalent of FanFic) actually creating your own art? Discussion of how artists do it and make it their own!
Daniel Dociu, Amy-Elyse Neer, Taunya Gren, Sheryl Hayes

Otherwise, I’ll be in and out of panels and the ever dangerous Dealer’s Room. Look for my write up on June 5th.

What I’m Working On – May 2017 Edition

The answer to the question “What are you writing?” is not that much.

Like I said in my last post, I’m catching up on my costume.  I’m closer, but I have at least a week’s worth of work to finish, as well as a script and music to take care of.  I should be done in time for BayCon, but it’s going to be close.

So most my writing is currently On Hold –

  • Chaos Hunt –  Urban fantasy novel.  Scratched notes for some tweaks to its current outline.  Once Chaos Wolf is completely locked down I will start working on this one in earnest.
  • Chaos Wolf – Urban Fantasy Novel. It’s being read by a beta-reader. Looking around to hire a developmental editor
  • Hummingbird –  Short story.  Haven’t looked at it yet.  I may ice this one for a while until the short story bug bites again.
  • Lucy Harker, Vampire Hunter –  Urban fantasy novel. After BayCon, I will finish the first draft.
  • Project Fang – Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance novel.  Co-written with a friend.  Paused until I can finish up the costume.  Probably will resume after BayCon.
  • Radiant Shadows – Urban fantasy novel. Co-written with a friend.  Waiting for feedback from the first part of outline and trying to figure out the rest of the plot.

In Progress –

  • Root Inspirations – I’ve been rehired.  I’m working away at another set of ten descriptions for coloring pages.
  • Thin Red Line – Urban fantasy novel. Co-written with a friend. Plugging away with it at about a rate of 300 words a day.  Those are my words, not hers.  At the moment, it’s the only thing keeping me sane.  Julie would be highly amused by that statement.

Basically, I’ve got a lot of work that I’m pushing off until after BayCon.  Then instead of having calluses on the sides of my fingers from knitting, they’ll be on the tips from typing.

Before I forget, Denise Tanaka has released her new book Truth In Cinders.  Go buy it!  It’s awesome.

Deadlines

I’m very good at making things like deadlines.  Making sure I hit them is another matter entirely.

Case in point.  Right now I am frantically knitting away at the costume for the masquerade at BayCon.  This is a deadline I’ve known about since this time last year when I first had the idea for the costume.   I’ve been doing a lot of planning in my head, but haven’t really kicked into high gear since the beginning of April, partially due to setbacks in my real life. There were several weeks in a row that I told myself “I can start that next week.”

Now that time is gone and I am trying to make it up.  My fingers have calluses that can attest to that.  I’m looking at the list of things I need to get done for the costume that I can knock out quickly or purchase instead.

Writing has taken a similar path.  I’ve been able to put out these blog posts consistently.  I have one hard deadline at the end of July, which I will keep since it is a paying job.  The rest keep sliding into the future, like Lucy Harker, Vampire Hunter, and Chaos Hunt, the sequel to Chaos Wolf. I need to get those back on track.

The problem is I only have so many free hours per day to devote to knitting or to writing. So for the moment, heavy writing is put on hold.  I’ll keep up blogging cause the Friday Links take me all of five minutes to throw together and next week will be my announcement about where to find me during BayCon.  After BayCon I am putting the focus back on writing and getting Chaos Wolf ready for publication. Hopefully this time, the deadlines won’t slip.

One Con Down, One To Go

I went to Silicon Valley Comic Con this year.  Since it was my first year attending, I decided I wanted to just hang out and not have the stress of competing in the Masquerade.  I ran into several friends and made a few new ones.  It’s a fun con to attend.  Even though it was crowded, it never felt jam packed (except when looking for parking).  It helped that it was spread out over the entirety of the top level of the San Jose Convention center, as well as part of the lower level.  I could move around easily, unlike the crowds at DragonCon.

While I was there, I got notification of my panels for BayCon.  You can find me at the following panels –

Creative Hobbies For Writers

Friday 16:30 – 18:00
We create with words. But when we’re relaxing, what do you do? Knit? Paint? Sculpt? Weave baskets underwater while wearing SCUBA gear? And how does it inform your writing?
Sheryl Hayes (M), Michele Roger, Tyler Hayes, Dr Carolyn Hill, Daniel Dociu

Collaborations: Are two heads better than one or do too many writers spoil the plot?

Sunday 10:00 – 11:30
Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff (M), Mark Gelineau, Sheryl Hayes

Match Game

Monday 11:30 – 13:00
Ms. Jennifer L. Carson (M), J. L. Doty, Sheryl Hayes, Chris O’Halloran, JC Arkham

FanArt

Monday 13:00 – 14:30
Is fan inspired art (the art equivalent of FanFic) actually creating your own art? Discussion of how artists do it and make it their own!
Daniel Dociu, Amy-Elyse Neer, Taunya Gren, Sheryl Hayes

I’ll also be onstage at the Masquerade Saturday Night.  It’s shaping up to be a busy weekend.

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