Last week I kinda got some crummy news but it was wrapped with lots of silver linings. Lots.
I’ve survived the plague, and the lockdown, and have managed to crack out 20 chapters on Book 4 of Akiniwazisaga. The sad part? This may only be 20% of the entire book length. I’m not sure, but this bad boy’s going to be a whopper. If you want to keep up with the latest details on what’s going on in writing and life in general, you can check it out on my Discord Channel. Link above. It’s worth it.
it even gave me a chance to read some Realmie books I purchased last conference. Here’s some of them I bought:
Three resources for writing. Fight Write is a Realmie Resource I had to purchase after the Con, she ran out. Highly recommended
Some fun reading by fellow Realmies.
Speaking of Discord…
The news finally broke this year that Realm Makers 2020 conference has gone virtual, thanks mostly to the State of New Jersey unable to unclench long enough to pull their head’s out and take a breath. That means RM2020 is now a virtual conference, like all the other conventions and conferences all over the US stretching into next year. I just… I… Come ON people, you don’t quarantine healthy individuals! So here’s where the silver linings begin.
In the process of setting up for the virtual RM2020, we were told that it will be using Discord as a big part of it’s operation. I happened to be right place/right time cheerleading and helping out on a different RM related Discord forum and got the powers that be to understand what was happening and how the system works. Thanks to those fortuitous (yeah, I see God’s hand all over it) I became a moderator to help out with handling the training of a lot of conference goers and then assisting as a mod for the con! Woot! So that’s kinda fun to be on the inside of that one. A lot of energy has been spent on this setup and onboarding of writers from all over the world, it’s almost been a full time job.
Which leads me to the blessing in disguise of being laid off just as COVID19 shut everything down. So we’ll see how long it takes either to get a call back (ain’t holding my breath) or a new position. Till then, writing, RM modding and creative endeavors will fill my days, mortared together with job hunting.
What about those other creative endeavors? Music! I’ve mentioned for a while I’m doing music, well now I’m posting some stuff on my youtube channel, with more to come as I feel appropriate and have the time. Unfortunately the last song was too long, so Youtube rejected it. Will have to try with some others. Here’s one example.
I’m an enthusiastic amature, so take that into account.
And as sort of a bittersweet farewell to the idea of going to Atlantic City this year, here are pictures from last year’s RM to cheer me up, and for you to enjoy too.
Two of my fellow diners at the awards banquet. Elizabeth Liberty Lewis & Kaitlyn Emery
Cosplay competition finalists. The Leeroyyy Jenkins card won against stiff competition
Our MC, Mermaid Wonder Woman
Amazon Wonder Woman
Award Winning author Kerry Neitz
An outstanding elf costume
Dr. Strange runs this show.
Kerry Neitz and me, the cartoon before the movie
Sophia Hansen as Kaylee. Even had the strawberries.
Always bring a banana and an Edward Scissorhands to a party
The wonderful Sheraton Chalet Inn in St. Louis. What better place for Spec Fic authors to gather.