Monday, October 27, 2008


This year's MileHiCon seemed very well attended and was a lot of fun. There were a couple of surprises in store for me, including a solo reading. Jeanne Allen was, unfortunately, unable to join me because her flight was delayed. So I read my entire story, Polar Shift, as it appears in Polaris: A Celebration of Polar Science and afterwards did a brief Q&A session. Several people came, which is very gratifying considering the fact that only two of my sold short stories are even out yet.

The other big surprise was a signing. I wasn't told beforehand that I had one, so I went rather underprepared, but that's okay. It makes for a really convenient excuse that no one came to buy any books. I got to sit next to Eric James Stone, a very talented short story author who is up and coming in the field, and Tim Powers stopped by and was very social. I'd never met him before. (If anyone has his official site, let me know.)

It was also great to see Carrie Vaughn, Mike Bateman, Warren Hammond, Mario Acevedo, James Van Pelt, Paolo Bacigalupi, Connie Willis, and many others I've no doubt left out on accident.

After getting home last night, I had some dinner, took my prenatal vitamin and went to bed (which while my insomnia's raging means I tried to sleep but sat around a lot and tried to bore myself). I did manage to doze, then woke up with a horrific stomach ache. My vitamins have done that to me before, but the seven hour delay was a first. I spent the rest of the night pacing and eating bland things to quiet my stomach down. I even had to call one of the other LDS Seminary teachers to take over this morning's class. Needless to say, I'm not feeling great at the moment, but I hope to be all recovered by tomorrow morning. The baby doesn't seem to mind. I can feel it moving like usual.

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