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Back and Playing Catch-up

Me!
I'm back from GenCon, and had a great deal of fun. This was my first time, and it boggles me to think that this was a relatively small GenCon. I sold about 40 books (yay!), met a ton of nifty people, and saw all sorts of fun stuff. Sadly, I still haven't picked up a good, small camera, so I have no way to document things like the baby Stormtrooper in the stroller, or the giant d20, or the fact that antonstrout turns into a werejaguar after midnight. I got to participate in my first Eye of Argon reading, which was amusing as heck and left me wanting to write a sequel. (Oh, kelly_swails -- the MST3K version I mentioned is here.) I also did many panels, picked up seven new books to read, and had a generally fun time.

I also heard from a number of people who attended the DAW Preview panel at Worldcon, where I'm told the cover art from The Stepsister Scheme was displayed. I would love to share that with you, but ... well, I haven't actually seen it yet. But we now know it exists! All I have to do is track it down, and then it shall be shared with you all!

It's always strange trying to return to the real world after a convention. I wasn't physically exhausted this time. I actually slept a bit, and felt surprisingly energized by the time I got home on Sunday. Emotionally, on the other hand.... I didn't realize it at first, but the moment something stressful came along, I had zero patience for dealing with it. Contractor issues on the kitchen remodel? I was ready to ream them out over the smallest problems. Even work today has been rougher than usual. I'm having to deliberately hold back from yelling at users and their questions, even though the questions are no stupider than usual. I've done my best to not let myself snap at the kids, but I suspect I've slipped up there once or twice too, which sucks. I need a post-convention quarantine unit.

Will I go again next year? I don't know. It was a lot of fun, and I love getting to see and meet people. And of course, next year I should have goblin miniatures to put out on display. On the other hand, I get the sense the whole writing track was a bit of an afterthought to the convention. In the entire convention center, there wasn't a single book dealer, which meant we were lugging our own stock around. Signings weren't exactly publicized, either. Still, where else could I go to hear someone play the Super Mario Brothers theme on a synthesizer, or participate along with 10,000+ people in a moment of silence for Gary Gygax?

Now let's see here ... who do I have to bribe to get a copy of that cover art?

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antonstrout
Aug. 19th, 2008 05:37 pm (UTC)
Funny.. I'm working on stuff for selling Jan titles this Thursday, and here on the catalog page is the cover for Stepsister. Sadly, it's not in the online cover library here or I'd send it!

*goes back to writing my erotic were-jaguar novel*
jimhines
Aug. 19th, 2008 05:40 pm (UTC)
Did you not read the part where I'm on an emotional short fuse right now?

::Reaches through the webz to strangle Anton::

(So how does it look?)
jimhines
Aug. 20th, 2008 12:14 am (UTC)
Oh -- and I started reading Dead to Me. So far, so good! I was amused at Simon's blood sugar issues, particularly considering I went through half a pack of Life Savers at karate last night.
michaeldthomas
Aug. 19th, 2008 05:40 pm (UTC)
I'm glad that you had a good time.

That's pretty much how I feel about GenCon.

jimhines
Aug. 19th, 2008 05:42 pm (UTC)
If I make it back next year, maybe I'll see you guys there?

I'll see you at Windycon regardless, of course :-)
mabfan
Aug. 19th, 2008 05:44 pm (UTC)
I could barely get through one sentence of my first Eye of Argon reading without collapsing into laughter.
jimhines
Aug. 19th, 2008 05:46 pm (UTC)
I think I made it through about four paragraphs. I might have done better if I had gotten more sleep the night before, but ah well. 'Twas the buttocks that did me in.
difrancis
Aug. 19th, 2008 06:21 pm (UTC)
That needs to go on a shirt: 'Twas the buttocks that did me in.

Snarf!
jimhines
Aug. 19th, 2008 06:26 pm (UTC)
Hm ... you know, a line of Eye of Argon Shirts might sell well at these things. I wonder who owns the rights, or if the story has gone into public domain and we can all just jump in and have fun finding our favorite quotes....

Perfect icon, by the way!
brainstormfront
Aug. 19th, 2008 07:10 pm (UTC)
I'd be more amazed if you could find someone willing to admit they controlled the rights to it. (Until you told them they could make money on it, that is...)

Great seeing you, Jim; hope my huckstering helped move a few of your books for you. :)

Steven
jimhines
Aug. 19th, 2008 07:12 pm (UTC)
::Snicker::

The huckstering did help, thank you! 40 books is a good weekend indeed, even with the lack of dealer. I think I'll have to bring you along when I start doing signings for Stepsister :-)
temporus
Aug. 19th, 2008 05:46 pm (UTC)
If you want a nice little camera, I recommend the Canon Powershot SD series. Small, thin, rechargeable battery, easy USB connectivity, and with a moderate sized SD card for storage you can take hundreds of pictures. (Go for a large SD card, that might jump to thousands.)
jimhines
Aug. 19th, 2008 05:47 pm (UTC)
Thanks! It's one of those things I only think of the day before I'm heading off to a convention, because the rest of the time the bigger Kodak we have works just fine. But the Kodak isn't really portable...
temporus
Aug. 19th, 2008 05:57 pm (UTC)
I'm not a great photographer, so having a small easily portable camera suits me better. This one is smaller than my blackberry (an older model) just to give you a point of reference. And seems to hold a charge well (and recharges pretty fast too.) They seem to be coming out with new models, feels like monthly. You should be able to catch them on sale.

(For convenience here's a sampling:
http://cameras.pricegrabber.com/digital/canon/p/48/st=filter/popup5[]=20:578/lo_p=0/hi_p=0 )
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jimhines
Aug. 19th, 2008 05:51 pm (UTC)
I'll let you know! I have no idea what they charge for a table or anything like that, but I'm sure we could track down the appropriate contacts. And it would be nice to have company for the drive.
lilira
Aug. 19th, 2008 06:10 pm (UTC)
I had a great time at the writer's symposium, though I definately agree with how disappointed I was that there weren't any book sellers there. My friend and I hit the Border's on the way to our parking area on Saturday, and I still couldn't find Paul Genesse's book. I was very glad I got the first Jig book though and I've been giggling my way through chapters when I can keep my eyes open. I've done nothing but want to sleep since getting back from GenCon and the rascally kids just won't let me.
jimhines
Aug. 19th, 2008 06:24 pm (UTC)
Paul's book is with Five Star, which is a smaller library-oriented publisher, which means it's unlikely to show up in any of the chain stores. (Goblin Quest first came out from Five Star, and it's not easy to get Borders or B&N to stock them.) Amazon or a special order would probably be your best bet there.

The writers symposium was a lot of fun. I'm glad you enjoyed it!

And of course, I'm always happy to hear when someone's giggling over the goblins ;-)
lilira
Aug. 19th, 2008 06:31 pm (UTC)
I have been in contact with Mr. Genesse and he told me where to find him. :-) As soon as I have recovered from my Sunday shopping spree *cringe* I will be filling in all the books I wasn't able to grab at the con.

Thanks for the reply!
namelessarchon
Aug. 19th, 2008 06:23 pm (UTC)
It was nice to get to meet you, although I did jump you before you even got to sit down. Still, I got a goblin button actually worn by you, so what more could I ask for. Glad you were there, although you are right about the whole writers not being honored much there. Still, I did get to meet Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman, the 2nd and 3rd best writers at the con next to you of course *grin*
jimhines
Aug. 19th, 2008 06:25 pm (UTC)
D'oh! I hadn't even realized Weis and Hickman were there. I *really* needed to take a little more down time to figure out what all was happening. (Though I did at least get to say hi to Ed Greenwood, which was nice.)

Hold on to that button. Someday it could be worth many, many cents!
namelessarchon
Aug. 19th, 2008 06:43 pm (UTC)
Damn you! I totally missed Ed Greenwood! *sulks*
jimhines
Aug. 19th, 2008 07:12 pm (UTC)
If it makes you feel any better, I only got to talk to him for a total of about 90 seconds.
paulgenesse
Aug. 19th, 2008 07:04 pm (UTC)
Great meeting you at Gen Con
Hi Jim,

I really enjoyed meeting you at Gen Con and being on some panels together. Having dinner was fun and I'm looking forward to reading your goblin books.

I'm hoping to be able to join you as a DAW author and that's so cool we're going to be in some of the same anthologies from them. Hopefully, I'll follow in your footsteps and go from being a successful Five Star author and then get picked up by DAW.

I wish you the best and I look forward to seeing you again sometime. I need to link to your livejournal and good luck with your new series with DAW. I saw the cover at World Con and it was great!

Have a good week.

Paul Genesse
Author of The Golden Cord
www.paulgenesse.com
jimhines
Aug. 19th, 2008 07:11 pm (UTC)
Re: Great meeting you at Gen Con
Hi Paul,

I hadn't realized you had an LJ!

I've sent a few e-mails, and I'm hoping to have that cover to share by the end of this week. Maybe earlier, if life goes well.

I'll keep my fingers crossed for you and Sheila!
(Anonymous)
Aug. 19th, 2008 07:26 pm (UTC)
Sorry I didn't make it down last weekend! I really wanted to come, but I ended up having to help move my grandmother into a nursing home.

I'll keep watch for future nearby cons!

Angela
SciFiChick.com
jimhines
Aug. 19th, 2008 07:59 pm (UTC)
Hi Angela,

No worries. Family comes first, of course. Hopefully I'll catch up with you at a future con.
sistercoyote
Aug. 19th, 2008 08:11 pm (UTC)
A completely random comment, but if the miniature company doesn't have a painter of their own, you should totally talk to wyvernwell's husband about painting some up for you. (They were running the "Hot Lead" booth at GenCon, or so I understand.)

Glad you got some rest, and being short-patienced after a con sounds very, very familiar to me. Introverts unite!
jimhines
Aug. 20th, 2008 12:10 am (UTC)
They do have their own painter, but thank you. I did see a few painting demos going on at GenCon, but never felt like I had time to stop and really watch. I definitely need to lighten up my panel schedule next time...
kelly_swails
Aug. 19th, 2008 11:48 pm (UTC)
Dude! That MST3K interpretation of Eye rocked! Me and my dad used to watch MST3K all the time; it's one of my favorite memories with him. Thanks so much for sharing the link.

Glad to hear you're recovering. I am too, slowly but surely. Two cons in two weeks is brutal. I don't know how Pat's going to survive four in five. (He's got dragon con coming up, he was as World con, WOTF, and Gen Con). Yowza!
jimhines
Aug. 20th, 2008 12:12 am (UTC)
I miss MST3K... It's right up there with The Tick on the list of shows whose cancellation makes the world a poorer place.

As for Pat, well, that's just the price he has to pay for all of that fame and fortune :-) But yeah, I'd be awfully burnt out trying to match that schedule.
(Anonymous)
Aug. 20th, 2008 04:19 am (UTC)
Echoing Paul--it was great to see you at GenCon, Jim, and to get a sense of how you handle good-natured ribbings from editors, too. (If any of you want to know more, ask him about Care Bears. *ducks*) Seriously, though, I'm glad you were able to come, and that I was able to get my own brand-spanking new signed copy of Goblin Quest!

Greg W.
jimhines
Aug. 21st, 2008 01:40 pm (UTC)
Likewise, Greg! As for editors, well, most of them seem to be pretty cool people. And if they're publishing me, it's a pretty safe bet they have a sense of humor and can be ribbed in return.

Editors: ribbed for your enjoyment.

I think I should stop now.
(Anonymous)
Aug. 21st, 2008 06:50 pm (UTC)
*snarf*

Dear God. That's better than the Care Bears line.

Greg
(Anonymous)
Aug. 20th, 2008 06:58 pm (UTC)
It was a great year at GenCon and wonderful to meet you. After all the good things I heard about your books, I managed to get my hands on them and I'm enthusiastically reading them. I can't wait until The Stepsister Scheme comes out in January. Goblins are fun, but novels about strong women are my favorite.

Christine Rains
jimhines
Aug. 20th, 2008 10:23 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Christine! I hope the books live up to everything you've heard :-)
Steve Saus [blogspot.com]
Aug. 21st, 2008 02:20 am (UTC)
Glad it's an afterthought....
While I realize how it felt like an afterthought to the pros... well, I'm glad that the Writing Symposium isn't as big and crazy and chaotic as the rest of GenCon. It was nice to only have to "share" you with about 40 other folks, and the Read & Critiques were great.

Though I think a pack of Tim's wiener dogs might give the were-jackal a run for its money.
jimhines
Aug. 21st, 2008 01:38 pm (UTC)
Re: Glad it's an afterthought....
Hi Steve!

That's a good point. The R&C in particular would have been a nightmare had it been much larger, and there's a lot to be said for a small enough panel that people can actually interact and ask questions.

I guess my biggest complaint is mostly the lack of a book dealer. I'm too cranky to lug my books from the parking lot (15 minutes away) to Author's Alley and back every day :-P (Though I was able to get into the State Employees lot for Saturday & Sunday, which helped a lot!)
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