Home from WorldCon!

My dearest darling Gentle Reader, I am home safe and sound from WorldCon in San Antonio. I had a real blast.

View from the hotel room.
But before I get into what happened to me, here's what happened while I was away:

An now... World Con

There were panels and signings, waffles shaped like Texas, cheese shaped like Texas, beautiful dresses and friends winning awards, excessive heat and excessive cold to combat the heat, far too much alcohol, and all manner of exciting stuff and things. Stuff! Things!

NLA Agency Stable at WorldCon, AKA my litter mates

I had planned on giving you some informative and insightful panel notes right off the bat but instead I think I might formulate some of them into blog posts of their own, and collect others into mini rants for the future.

Michael Braun photo via FB

Frankly, I'm exhausted, and I have an edit pass waiting for me patiently in my inbox. It's taken me all day just to finish unpacking, processing photos, catching up on email, and mentally returning from the surreal bubble that is WorldCon.

In the bar!

Besides, you don't come here for informative and insight, you come here for silly and ridiculous. Do I know you, or do I know you? 

Competitive hand-standing at the Drinks with Writers Party

WorldCon is always an amazing experience but I think this was my favorite. With no books releasing right now, and no real pressure to perform I was free to immerse myself with less stress than in previous years.

Drinks with Writers with Jason M. Hough @JasonMHough (via him on Twitter)

It was a joy. In fact, I feel a little guilty, like I had too much fun. Although, that said, I did have 7 panels, 2 signings, 3 business meetings, and a klutch. I wore 12 different outfits, 6 pairs of shoes, 5 shades of lipstick, and 7 pairs of gloves ~ not all at once. I drank countless greyhounds (my swill of choice), 3 glasses of champagne, and 8 Ginger Soothers. I also managed to misplace my voice and destroy one outfit (more on this upcoming on Retro Rack).

For now I will simply leave you, knowing I will do my very best to get to London for WorldCon next year, because I already can't wait.

As usual, you don't have to take my word for it. Here's SF Signal on the subject

Coming up soon in this author-beast's silly blog ...

More on no-longer-secret project Crudrat!
Another super fun announcement!
A few more bits and bobs from WorldCon!
And a series on packing and traveling as an author!

You know you want it, so check back soon...


Your Moment of Parasol . . .
1937-1940 Elsa Schiaparelli,  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Your Infusion of Cute . . .
Cheese shaped like Texas

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Teacup holsters in the dealer's room. Similar on Etsy.

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
My editor, who is evil, terrorizes a young writer in the bar at WorldCon

Waistcoats & Weaponry ~ The Finishing School Book the Third: Edit pass is back, planning to start up again tomorrow. Need a recovery day.
Curtsies & Conspiracies
~ The Finishing School Book the Second: Release date Nov. 5, 2013.  
Etiquette & Espionage
~ trade paperback will be available in the US October 13, 2013

~ Soulless Vol. 3: (AKA Blameless) Available serialized through YenPlus. Print edition Nov. 19 2013.  
~ The Parasol Protectorate Abroad Book the First: Delayed. Why? Begin rewrite in 2014.

The Books!

The Parasol Protectorate Series: 1 Soulless, 2 Changeless, 3 Blameless, 4 Heartless, 5 Timeless
BIG FAT SPOILER ALERT on the Parasol Protectorate series
Please DON'T READ THE BLURB ON AMAZON if you haven't read the other books first!
Boxed set of all five!

The Parasol Protectorate omnibus hardback editions
Volume 1 (Books 1-3), Volume 2 (Books 4-5)
Parasol Protectorate Series manga graphic novels
Soulless Vol. 1, Soulless Vol. 2 (book 2), Soulless Vol. 3 (book 3)
The Finishing School Series: Etiquette & Espionage, Curtsies & Conspiracies (Nov. 5, 2013)
 $0.99 ebook only short stories: Marine Biology and My Sister's Song

Book News:

I just got the German edition of the manga. It's in hard cover and so much fun. I don't speak German but puzzling through the dialogue with the pictures to help is pretty darn amusing. I don't know if it is out there floating around for purchase outside Germany, but if it is and you're trying to learn German, it's  pretty fun way to do so.

Quote of the Day:

"It's not until you start trying to thank everyone who made your WorldCon awesome that you realise how truly blessed you are to have so many folks you really love..."
~ Christopher J Garcia via Facebook
(I couldn't put it better myself, so I didn't.)

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Goodreads Quotes

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