New Year

As I get back in the swing of following blogs and such, I realize that everyone's making New Year Resolutions(tm). Sigh. Ok, here it goes:

I resolve to lose weight
I resolve to write consistently
I resolve to use both my blog and Twitter on a regular basis
I resolve to have a real actual website functioning before the end of the year
I resolve to not dump another 100 hours into Skyrim

Now that we have that out of the way, I can say that I will be going to ConFusion in Michigan. It's being held Jan 20-22 this year.

Oh, yes... I resolve to go to more events.

I enjoy Cons. I really do. I've only been to three, though, so it's not like I'm a pro. I've been to WorldCon twice and World Fantasy once. Never to any of the small ones, though I've heard they are a lot of fun.

The first two times I went with a large group of authors/fans/friends from BYU and so had people there to show me the ropes and hang out with. When I went to World Fantasy I certainly knew a couple people, but I was really flying solo for the first time ever. And, for the first time ever, I was peddling a book and let me tell you: I was terrified. I spent a lot of time wandering around trying to look like I knew where I was going, and a lot of time sitting in the corner reading or people-watching. I spent the whole weekend on about four hours of sleep and that did NOT go well.

This con, I hope to be able to relax a little more. I won't be trying to get someone to read my book and that will take a huge load off my shoulders. I'll be going with the express desire of making friends and getting books signed. It will be nice.

I've been reading Daniel Abraham's The Long Price Quartet over the last few weeks. I've through three books and have not yet gotten the fourth. However, I did just pick up Leviathan Wakes. It looks like it's still on sale for $2.99 at the Kindle store. I'm looking forward to reading it but it might have to wait till after ConFusion. I'm doing some catch up reading on authors that will be there so I don't feel like a total ass when I meet them.

"I'm so-and-so."
"Nice, I'm Brian, I've heard a lot about you."
"Thanks! What of my stuff have you read?"
"...nothing..."

I pulled that on Patrick Rothfuss back at the Denver Worldcon. I did have a good excuse, though--we only had one copy of Name of the Wind at the time and Wifey had been reading it.