I am home after my first day back to work following a four-day weekend – a weekend filled with physical labor, customer service, lack of sleep and huge, giant gobs of fun.
Y’see, I’m a science-fiction and fantasy fan, and I got to help plan and run SFWA’s Nebula Awards Weekend. I spent the weekend surrounded by several hundred amazingly talented SF&F authors, many of whom are friends, many of them new friends and some of them old friends that I finally have managed to catch up with. There was a banquet that was pretty good, and an awards ceremony that was wonderful, access to the comic-book convention “next door” (and that was great fun as well, as I got to meet several of my favorite comics authors and illustrators), great conversation with a lot of really good people, some excellent booze, and many, many new books and graphic novels.
And, scarily, two contacts for my artwork. It’s a bit of a stretch for me to try showing my art again – I have what almost amounts to a phobia about trying to get into shows/getting solo shows due to my past experiences – so much so that I haven’t tried for years. But I ran into the editor/publisher of The Fabulist, Josh P. who I’ve known for some time and who has always expressed an interest in publishing some of my work in his magazine. I also talked to Alan B. of Borderland Books, asking him about hanging a show in their cafe – and he was enthusiastic that I should give it a shot. So, tonight i’ve sent off email to the contact people for both, and am waiting on responses. Regardless of results, I think it was a good thing for me to do.