Tuesday, July 31, 2007

July is over

The crazy month of July is over and I'm finally unpacking. And unpacking. And unpacking. And doing laundry... It started with the Readercon convention the first weekend of July, followed by a trip to the west coast for my husband's cousin's wedding the following weekend, followed closely by the Necon convention the third weekend, and wrapping up with my annual camping trip with friends the last weekend. It rained heavily one of the days and off and on the rest, which means that unpacking involved making sure that everything was dry before I put it away for the season. It also meant cleaning off mud splatters and wet leaves, a step I get to skip when it *doesn't* rain.

Oh, and somewhere in the middle of that crazy month, I had a birthday. I got the latest Harry Potter book from hubby, but haven't had the chance to read it yet. I thought I'd start it a few nights ago, but realized that I didn't remember enough of the details of the previous volumes to get the most out of this all-important last book. I don't really have time, though, to go back to the first book and re-read.

Where could I find a quick cheat sheet on the books? A Google search for sites with synopses of the books yielded quite a few hits. The following one isn't exactly what I was looking for, but it sure is amusing:


Going further down the list, I found the site I was looking for. This site is rich with synopses, trivia, and other facts.


It's *so* complete that it will take me a few days to get through the synopsis of each book, but I'm so glad I found it. Not only is it a good reference for the Harry Potter books, but it gives me an idea of how I might organize my notes for my next novel. (And it makes me feel MUCH better about having as many characters as I do and having the occasional odd name!) In the next novel, I'll be picking up some loose threads from each of the previous novels. I'll also be introducing a new character or two. Writing a synopsis where I list not only characters who are introduced, but characters who are *mentioned* should be quite helpful.

So, what's up next? I'll be accompanying Harvest Shadows author Jimahl di Fiosa on some of his events, minding the table and selling books (mine, too), but the next major events aren't until October and November.

Rock N'Shock (Oct 13, 2007)
I'll be attending if HWA/NE has a booth there. I don't have confirmation on that yet.

World Fantasy Convention 2007 (Nov 2-4, 2007)
Will be attending and participating in the Broad Universe Rapid Fire Reading and selling my books at their booth there. If you're going, stop by the booth. They have an excellent selection of books by members and you get to meet the members who volunteer at the book. If you support women authors in Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror, consider joining -- even men and non-writers can join, but if you're female and a writer, you'll enjoy the side benefit of being able to sell your books at their table.

Well, time's a-wasting. More later.


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