Baby, I’m A Star!

Well, no…not really.

I watched my 45-minute video interview. It came out pretty good. I mean, there were no “ahs”, “ums” or “uhhs.” But I did notice that I have a tendency to close my eyes when I talk. I didn’t know that. I asked a friend, who had not seen the interview, and he confirmed that it’s a tic of mine. So I need to practice keeping my eyes open when I talk. Of course, that’s assuming there will be other interviews and speaking gigs after this one. I sure hope so. I’ve made quite an investment in this venture, and I’d really like to see a return, at least of SOME sort.

So I’ve received some more nice reviews on The Moreva of Astoreth. Right now, the book is running at a solid 4-star. Not bad, I don’t think. Though I would like some more 5s, push the rating up a bit. But I can be happy with what I have. A few reviewers said the book could have benefited from more editing, and they’re probably right, since I edited it myself. Normally, I wouldn’t have done such a thing, but I’d just lost my job, and though I had the cash, I wasn’t sure I had the money. But then, other reviewers wrote that it was superbly edited. So whether its great or not is in the eye of the beholder, I suppose.

Off the subject of books and publicity, I’m driving my parents to Ohio next weekend. A childhood friend of my mother’s is dying of cancer, and I think–no, I know–my mother would like to see her one last time. Frankly, I’m not looking forward to it. Oh, it’s not that I’m going to be with my parents–I love them dearly and they’re a hoot to be around–it’s the drive. It’s a tough one, going over the mountains. Aside from the steep grades, you never know what the weather is going to be like in the Alleghenys. The valleys can be perfectly fine, but it might be hell on the mountaintops. And it’s November, which means it might even snow. Urrrgh.

What else is going on? Oh–going to Philcon for the first time in years. When the MTC changed the date of the fall meetings to early December, I was too busy preparing for it to go. Now I can. And there are other cons I’d like to attend but couldn’t because of those meetings, like Boskone in February. And Readercon in July. And guess what? I finally snagged a hotel room for DragonCon! My first time back since ’07. I’m thinking about getting a lifetime membership. It’s expensive as all get-out, but for me, it’d be worth not having to stand in a lo-o-ong slow line–not with these arthritic knees. Maybe after the con I can go visit my sister. She’s not far from Atlanta. I can see my cousin, too, take her out to dinner. Really looking forward to it–the con, and possible visits with two of my favorite people.

So that’s what I’m up to. How about you?

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