ConDor Convention Report ~ Victorians, Werewolves, and Spies, Oh, My!

ConDor was great fun, an established convention in San Diego with reliable attendance and a writing/reading SF/F bent. I arrived Friday and hit the ground running with my first panel. I'm going to let you peek at my notes. I'm afraid I didn't take them on other people's comments, just my own thoughts. And, of course, they are only notes, starter thoughts on what I actually said, so don't take them as gospel. I also include links to some of the sources I recommended. Gentle Reader, make of them what you will.


The New Victorians: The Allure of the Antique to the Decidedly Modern

Friday Ice Cream Social (by Jerry Abuan)

Developing & Maintaining Romantic Relationships in Continuing Storylines

Ice Cream Social
There was a cake just for me! Three kinds of ice cream, another cake for the fan GOH, and it was all delicious and fun.

Friday Ice Cream Social (by Jerry Abuan)


Guest of Honor Q&A
No notes. It was the usual if you come to see me in person. You can ask me anything, I'll answer as best as I can, with the understanding it doesn't leak onto the net.

Q&A (by Jerry Abuan)
Had a nice little line, managed to get them done in 45 minutes just long enough for an off the cuff interview and signing stock for Patrick and the Mysterious Galaxy folk.

In the dealers room with authors Tod McCaffrey and Brothers K (Dani's phone)

Inventing Exotic Cultures

Werewolves: Sociology & Sociobiology
Some books I suggested: Black Dog, Blood & Chocolate, Mercy Thompson series
Myth debunked: Full moon does not increase incidence of psychological problems

On Panel (by Jerry Abuan)


Historical Research for Fantasy Literature

Eytan and I, friends for years, our first panel together (by Jerry Abuan)

Learning to Edit Your Own Work

Dani edited himself out of the panel (by Jerry Abuan)

Secret Agent Stories in SF/Historical/Fantasy: Adapting Espionage Tropes

Tribute from lovely readers

As you can see it was a fun con with lots of panels discussing topics I've never had the opportunity to discuss before. That was so much fun!

Next up? Colorado Springs, CO April 25 ~ 27, 2014 Pikes Peak Writer's Conference (Colorado Springs Marriott 5580 Tech Center Drive Colorado Springs, CO 80919)


Your Moment of Parasol . . .
Bouquet with parasols

Your Infusion of Cute . . .
Pile of crochet octopus in the dealer's room

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Recommended to me, customizable 1950s inspired clothing company eshakti. You can buy off the rack or pay c. $10 extra and submit your measurements. Most of their items are capped or sleeveless (grrrrr, but the customization fee includes changing sleeve style short, elbow, 3/4, long). I'm skeptical, so I might start with a top, as that's the real challenge with me. However, I've been on a new clothing diet this year and I wanna see how long I can go.

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
Convention Attention: All About Panels


Waistcoats & Weaponry ~ The Finishing School Book the Third. November 4, 2014. Cover art to come.
Manners & Mutiny ~ The Finishing School Book the Last. Finished rough draft, cutting and trimming begins in July.
Prudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the First: Delayed. Why? Rewrite begins soon, release date March 17, 2015.

The Books! 

The Finishing School Series: 1 Etiquette & Espionage, 2 Curtsies & Conspiracies
 The Custard Protocol Series: 1 Prudence (Coming March 17, 2015)

The Parasol Protectorate Series: 1 Soulless, 2 Changeless, 3 Blameless, 4 Heartless, 5 Timeless
Parasol Protectorate Series manga graphic novels
Soulless Vol. 1, Soulless Vol. 2, Soulless Vol. 3
 $0.99 short stories (ebook only) Marine Biology, My Sister's Song, & Fairy Debt

Audiobook of Crudrat releasing end of April 2014. Find out more at

Book News:
Blast from the past, Mike and I at my first steampunk convention.

Quote of the Day:

quotes Gail likes

Goodreads Quotes

APRIL FOOL. Any one imposed on, or sent on a bootless errand, on the first of April; which day it is the custom among the lower people, children, and servants, by dropping empty papers carefully doubled up, sending persons on absurd messages, and such like contrivances, to impose on every one they can, and then to salute them with the title of April Fool. THis is also practiced in Scotland under the tile of Hunting the Gowke.
~ 1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue

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