KILLING two birds with one stone is always magical and often goes hand-in-hand. For example, why mop the floors unless you’ve already locked up the caterpillar and his muddy shoes? Or why destroy a demon unless you also crush his coven and lair (after all, if you don’t, another heart-devouring creature just takes up residence there).
So it was satisfying to return from Sydney yesterday, having achieved two complete missions: I attended the inaugural GenreCon at Rydges Parramatta AND visited the State Library of New South Wales where my kick-butt heroine Shahkara fights off warriors and demons within its sandstone walls, while searching for the illusive Death Lantern (Book I of the Heart Hunter series, due out with Clan Destine Press next year).
Friends and fellow authors Sandy Curtis and Dean J. Anderson joined me on our jaunt to the State Library, where we were delighted to be given a free tour by the enthusiastic and dedicated Rosie. She took us through many of the rooms of the original library, the Mitchell Wing, and shared with us its fascinating history. Highlights included Shakespeare’s Room (check out Cookie Monster and I sitting on a chair made from wood from Shakespeare’s garden) and the delightful statue of Trim, Captain Matthew Flinders’ cat. It was fascinating to see the scenes of my book come to life before my eyes as I trod the library’s marble floors – and then sussed out the entrances and carparks for Shahkara’s appropriate get-away.
The best treat was yet to come – and it wasn’t even my stone! The incorrigible Dean J. Anderson met with Publisher Lindy Cameron that night and accepted a contract with Clan Destine Press for his riveting Dark Urban Fantasy novel (title yet to be revealed). Yay, Dean! This is exciting news for a Bundaberg Writers Club member who has worked very hard and been dedicated to the craft of writing for some years now. I can’t wait to see his book published late 2013/early 2014.
Finally, GenreCon surpassed our expectations. This professional event delivered the latest industry info while stirring our creative juices. There was also a lot of fun and laughter, like when Daniel O’Malley kissed Kate Eltham during the Great Debate. It was fab to catch up with old and new friends – and we’re all looking forward to another fabulous GenreCon gathering in Brisbane next year.
How did you spend your weekend? Was it writing novels, scrubbing toilets or fighting off demons? Maybe you’d like to share how you wish you’d spent your weekend? I hope it’s a great week for everyone.