So I had an “interesting” year in 2013. As in the Chinese curse “May you live in interesting times.” Nothing life-threatening (to me, at least), but a handful of events that were certainly life changing.
The main result of all this stuff is that I fell a wee-tad behind in my deadlines. TEMPORARY MONSTERS ended up being delayed by a couple of months. The second book in the TEMPORARY MAGIC series, TEMPORARY HAUNTINGS, is due at my publisher in less than a month (yikes!) So I’m writing, and then I’m writing some more, and when that’s done, why, I think I’ll write even some more!.
The other result of this stuff is that I’m going to be missing on the winter convention circuit. I tried to figure out a way to get to Arisia (a mid-January convention in Boston), but finally decided my deadline couldn’t let me take a day off. (The folks at Arisia were very nice about the whole thing, tho.) I then realized that I had never heard from Boskone (which happens in in Boston in Februaray, a couple weeks AFTER my deadline) so I e-mailed them a few days back. I had somehow fallen off the Boskone mailing list a couple years ago, and they’ve never put me back on, but the last two years we managed to work out something despite the fact that I contacted them both times about 8 weeks before the convention.
This year, no such luck. I got an e-mail from a fellow named Tim who informed me, essentially, that while they were very appreciative of everything I’ve done for Boskone in the past, there was no way I was going to be doing anything at all this year. Well, if I wanted to buy a membership, they might be able to give me a slot for a reading. Maybe. And that was it. The tone of the e-mail was very formal and (considering that I’ve done programming at Boskone every year since 1978, including a bunch of “strange and special events” requested by the con committee over the years) maybe just a little bit insulting. Maybe I’m just used to the old guard at Boskone, who treated folks like me as “family.” This Tim fellow might be part of a whole new era for the convention.
I’ve been ambivalent about the winter conventions in Boston for years now. I like to see a lot of the people there, I’ve known some of the convention organizers for years, and I can make the occasional business connection at Boskone. But they are both held at the same out-of-the-way hotel which is not close to much of anything. It can be a slog to get out there in the winter weather, and the quality of the programming can vary highly. Some years I have a really good time, others I feel like I’m wasting my weekend.
But this year, at least right now, I guess I’m not going to either event.
See you guys at Readercon.