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No Place Like Home

We got back home last night, after a pleasant weekend at LepreCon. The convention was very small, only half the size of Bubonicon, but the Phoenix fen were a friendly bunch and we had a great time.

I should never go away, though. The amount of stuff that builds up when I leave, even for a short trip like this one, is truly daunting. Hundreds of emails, huge stacks of snail mail (bills, contracts, junk, with a few real letters salted in)... and, for this trip at least, must be a hundred or more new audition tapes for parts both small (Rast, Mord, Jhogo) and large (Lord Tywin, Ser Barristan, Lysa Arryn) in the HBO series. I was keeping up with the auditions pretty well. Now I'm way, way behind...

Well, nothing to do but get into it. I have another convention trip coming up soon, and lots to do before we go.


May. 21st, 2010 10:11 pm (UTC)
I am little amazed at the rudeness of some people telling you what to do. If you enjoy conventions, you should continue to go! I imagine that meeting fans and getting a chance to interact with people is very important for a writer, who normally works all alone. Most of us work in traditional jobs with tons of interaction with our colleagues. I think we forget how difficult it is for writers and painters or other artisans who spend so much time alone.

My unsolicited advice -- do what feels right to you!
May. 22nd, 2010 12:00 am (UTC)
Re: Wow
I do enjoy conventions, of course. Always have. I've been going to them since 1971 (since 1963, if you count comicons).

At the same time, there's a work aspect to cons as well. They're not vacations for me. Promotion, publicity, networking... that's all part of a writer's job as well, and one neglects it at one's peril.

May. 22nd, 2010 02:35 pm (UTC)
Re: Wow
Ah, I learned something new about conventions. I will often go to author readings but I haven't not yet had the time to go to a convention. I hadn't thought of the promotion aspect though it's obvious when you think about it. Even the biggest stars will take time to go on Leno or Letterman to talk about their projects.

Though these days, I think everyone has got to do some self-promotion no matter their field. Networking is pretty critical. Every job I've ever had as been because of a tip from a "business" friend.


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