Monday, March 4, 2013

Marching in Like a Lion

I meant to get this update up about a week ago, but we just finished one of our major on-campus conferences. It’s an amazing event, kind of like a mini-TED conference. Lots of speakers on lots of topics all under a single theme. One of the guests was a mentor and dear friend of mine, so I was busier than usual. It came off beautifully.
Speaking of, I’ve taken over another of our on-campus conferences, this one much more focused on workshops for writers. It’s daunting, to say the least—I’ve never done anything like this before. Exciting, though. I’ll have more on that when I start to get some names confirmed.
I’ve also adopted a cat. The people at the shelter called him a short-haired domestic, but his fur is awfully long to be short. Though I’ve always loved animals, this is the first one that I’ve adopted myself. We’re still trying to work out things like sleep schedules. He has some fairly strong ideas on the subject, and seems reluctant to negotiate. He might be Republican.
Another step forward for Silencing Orpheus—Rebel Satori now has the novel at the top of the “coming soon”page, and the back-cover text is up.
Again, we’re hoping to get to the galleys this summer and it is my sincere wish to have the book out this year. I hope to finally make it to a Saints and Sinners conference to share the book, but that conference always falls just before another major conference that I go to for my profession—very tough to make both.
As always, I want to say thank you to all of you who have been so kind to Stealing Ganymede in your reviews across the internet. Someone once told me, when we were talking about her child, that a parent loves their child, but worries when they release them out into the world. Will other people see what the parent sees in the child and love it, too? That’s exactly how I’ve felt about Stealing Ganymede. I know it’ll never be on Oprah’s Bookclub, and that’s fine—I never set out for fame. What I am happy to see is that the novel winds up in the hands of people who love it as much as I do. That makes me very happy.

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