I went to Comic Con this year, joining two panels for discussions about villains and diversity, respectively. I can't describe exactly how nervous I was. I might have been so nervous that I became numb to the anxiety, but my friends could tell that I was shuddering. Marvelous.
I had a right to be nervous! This was my first time serving as a panelist at a convention as large as Wizard World's. While one of my panels was alongside authors I knew, the first of them was with a group of authors I could only recognize from their work: Genese Davis, author of The Holder's Dominion; Shannon A. Thompson, author of Bad Bloods and The Timely Death Trilogy; and R. A. Jones, author of comics such as Wolverine/Captain America. I was also excited. This group was lively, intelligent, and thoughtful; I enjoyed working with them so much.
This Comic Con I learned that a powerful underground fandom has formed based around the new Ghostbusters film, which I am encouraging as much as I can. And I learned that patience is the most difficult skill to build and maintain. I have a lot of published short stories, but I am deeply envious of all of my friends and colleagues with novels of their own. Published and ready for distribution. I want to support them, but I also want novels of my own. It's so important to keep reading, and reading what your friends are doing is the best way to keep an eye on the industry while also widening the range of writing skills you possess.
I am very fortunate to be surrounded by such skilled people.
November 1st is only a few days away, and with it comes NaNoWriMo. I'm gonna keep an ongoing chart of my progress as I work on completing Book 2 in the Stormborn series. That's gonna be fun, but it'll also keep me excited. 50,000. We're doing it this year. Even if it means I wind up writing part of Book 3.