Henry Rollins once said:
August, the summer’s last messenger of misery, is a hollow actor.
Damn, that sounds deep. And very Northern Hemisphere, but whatever.
August starts on, oh jesus it starts on Saturday and I am probably not ready but screw it! I have plans for that month! And I want to share them with you!
First things first – I am going to finish this revision of Raven’s Blood, I swear with God and you folks as my witnesses.
Yes yes, I wrote last week about embracing writer’s block and letting things happen naturally and giving my muse time to come a’courting and all that. And I stand by that. But my internal frustration and self-loathing is coming to a head, and that’s the primary motivator I have for Getting Shit Done. (Healthy, no?) I want to finish this book and do something with it, if only so I can get free of its gravity for a while and write something else.
So yeah. End of August. Hold me to it.
August is also GENCON! The biggest four days in gaming! The massive RPG convention that I have never attended because it’s in America!
This year I will continue not going to Gencon. But I will write things on Twitter andFacebook or Google+ (depending on whether I want anyone to see them or not) using the #rpgaday2015 hashtag. Because HASHTAG, people. And nerdiness.
Keep an eye out for those if’n you’re so inclined.
August is also time for the Melbourne Writers’ Festival!
This year I was a minor member of a small programming committee that didn’t use many of my ideas, but that’s still enough for me to score a pass and see pretty much whatever I want. So hit me with your recommendations of people to see and panels you’d like to see vicariously through me!
My main plan – OH MY GOD KELLY LINK WILL BE THERE I HAVE ALL THE EXCITEMENT can’t talk already queueing
Okay, what else is happening in August… um, some parties you’re not invited to, a bunch of work events you don’t care about…
Hey, you know what you could do in August? Register to go to GenreCon in October! That’s what I’m doing, and I might even be helping out with a panel or something while I’m there!
I know, that’s a stretch. The main thing is writing, and possibly listening to a lot of music from The Dear Hunter.
But yeah, it’s mostly writing. And thinking about games. Maybe some drinking.
August: It’s gotta be more productive than July. That’s my epigram, Rollins be damned.
Come, join me.
One reply on “This august gathering”
I am really damn jealous about Kelly Link. Man, I loved Magic for Beginners.
I am hoping to win a lot of money so I can quit my job and make it up to GenreCon this year. The plan is so far on track but faces a couple of critical points of failure in the near future.