I've gotten really bad at posting updates... Too busy, too stressed, too everything. Anyway, here's quick catch up... I've had a really good Eastercon this year. Partly it was because I now know more people in the community so there's always someone to hang out with. The other part was that somehow this convention seemed smaller than last year, at least in terms of the number of pros present, so it was easier to meet new people. I'm not sure if point two really was true or an illusion due to point one, but either way, it worked out well. Highlights included: Codex Writers lunch, finally meeting some UK-based Codexians as well as some visitors. (Why didn't we take any pictures?) The panel I moderated on The Future of Space Opera with John Scalzi, Aliette de Bodard and Zoe Sumra:(Here I am, looking all in control, hehe)And post BSFA awards party, where some of us did our best to embarrass Gareth Powell in every possible way:(I'm the one on the right)Now, this would probably merit a separate post, but since it happened just after the con, I'll put it here: I've decided to part ways with my agent. It was a difficult decision as he is a great person and I honestly like him and respect him a lot as a person. Still, I don't think he's the best agent for me at this stage. We parted ways amicably, with mutual agreement. Now I'm bracing myself for a new chapter.
I've been peeking over here every now and then but not as much as I used to, for various reasons. One of them has been that the beginning of the year has been crazy busy with writing and study. My study is part-time, and so far I've kept it at a conservative pace, but then I figured I could sign up for another course that would run over Feb-September, which'd give me only three months when both courses overlap; something I thought I could manage. Well, the second course has proven much more time consuming than advertised. Also, I'm not making things easier on myself by learning Latex (a program for mathematical typesetting), which is not required at my level but typing math in Word gets on my nerves, and I have to learn sooner or later so it might as well be now. I've had some decisions to make on the writing front, which also resulted in changes of plans, and more work. But that will have to be another post. I got to have a break earlier this month when I went on a week's holiday to the Canaries. It was very relaxed, and I got to spend time with good friends, but the whole thing was overshadowed by the mess happening her in the UK. We managed to apply, and get, the "settled status" last month, though, so at least we're hoping nobody's going to knock at our door to tell us we need to pack up and leave… I hope! And then I got home and immediately fell sick with a cold. Yay! Anyway, here are some Fuerteventura pictures: Lost on Tatooine... Did I say it was windy:Cool volcanic landscape (and me!):Dreaming of summer: