HeroesCon

I went to my first Con this past weekend! It was HeroesCon 2014 in Charlotte, NC. I’d never been to a Con before and had no idea what to expect.

From watching television shows (should have known to never trust TV!), I thought the place would be full of Cosplayers letting loose their inner nerds, but that wasn’t the case at all. It was actually rather tame.

Sure, there were some folks dressed up as comic book characters (and they were always surrounded by a crowd wanting to have their pictures taken with them), but mostly it was just  normal looking people wandering around looking for something to buy.

In my case, I wanted something for my office. There was some art featuring Frank Frazetta’s Death Dealer, which I would have loved (and my wife would have hated), but I ended up buying this print from independent writer Ben Chaney, author of Sons of Sedonia. I love the the colors and the energy as well as the dichotomy of loneliness amidst the clamor of a crowd.

A Warrior’s Knowledge – an update

Before life kicked me off the writing wagon in January, I was making good progress with volume 2. I had 113,000 words down – success! Later on I realized that a good junk of that might end up in volume 3. I also realized that I’d have rewrite a large portion because while the plot was exactly as I wanted, the characters had gotten away from me; their interactions and such. They weren’t who I wanted them to be – not Rukh or Jessira or anyone from volume 1 but new characters. I have to alter these new characters so events in volume 3 have more emotional resonance.

Well, now I’m back to writing, and I thought I’d ease myself into it by editing what I’ve already written. It was quite a relief to find that what I’d already written for volume 2 wasn’t crap, and only needed minor changes. But small changes make for a much better book. I’ve gotten rid of extraneous words (I’m a horrible over-writer) and as a result, the narrative flow is much smoother.

My editing is motoring along, and I have now reached the parts where I’ll have to start rewriting scenes. It won’t be too bad (fingers crossed).

Zombie Apocalypse

Zombies are very popular right now.

I love The Walking Dead, and I laughed at the inappropriate gallows humor of Zombieland. I’ve even seen three or four of the Resident Evil movies. And, of course, there’s the George Romero zombie movies.

Someday I’d even like to work zombies into a novel.

But despite my fascination with zombies, if the zombie apocalypse were to actually happen, I wouldn’t want to survive it. I’d rather just be one of the first people to pass away quietly.

Strange thoughts for a Thursday night.

Cats

Our newest cat, Toby, is a pest. We can’t get him to understand boundaries; boundaries like staying off the kitchen counters. Yesterday was no different. I caught him on the counter, licking clean a large ladle.

I couldn’t be too mad at him, though. The food was Indian, and Toby likes his food spicy.

He is an Indian cat, after all.