1) There is a very distinct difference between writers who write in order to say something true and important; who want to expand the boundaries and reach of our genre; who aspire to greatness (not fame, which is something else), and writers who simply throw shit against the wall and hope that some of it sticks. I believe the term for the second type is hack. There are examples of both here, as I suspect there are at every con, and the difference is quite distinct, and quite noticeable.
2) I aspire to be the former, not the latter.
3) I am pathologically shy, perhaps in need of a diagnosis and some type of medication, because even standing in line to have a book signed is beyond what I am capable of doing. Instead of networking, which is presumably what you are supposed to do at these things, I have spent my time studying, quietly squeeing when I see an author I admire, and thinking about work.
3) I love New Orleans and I hope I never have to move so far away that I can’t come back to visit occasionally. Today, between panel sessions, the LOML and I plan to visit museums and bookstores housed in some of the oldest buildings in America. I could just walk around and stare at the architecture all day.
4) Having a supportive and involved partner is monumentally important to being a success in this business. So far the LOML has gone to panels with me, diligently taking notes, made plans for publicizing my work, and has his own schedule of panels lined up today in order to maximize the number of things I can learn here. If I can’t make a panel, he goes in my place and takes notes which he then emails to me. He’s not just my husband, he’s my best friend, and, without him, I would have never done any of this. I know that sounds like a cheeseball Oscar acceptance speech, but I don’t give a shit.
That is all for now.