Five weeks from now (March 4 – 6) most of the Magical Words crew will be at StellarCon, in High Point, NC, and we’d love to see you all there. Check out StellarCon’s website more general con info. If my memory serves correctly, AJ will be out of town (and the whole country, for that matter), but Stuart, Faith, Misty, David, and I will all be there. In fact, the con’s program director gave us our own Magical Words panel. It’s tentatively scheduled to be held on Saturday at 11am, but things do tend to change at the last minute at conventions, so don’t etch that in stone quite yet. We are also looking into hosting a Magical Words lunch right after the 11am panel (yes, the I told you not to etch in stone), but if things work out right, we can do the panel and then go to lunch directly afterward. Anyone who’d like to come along for the ride is welcome; the only requirement is that you either donate a vital organ to dying child, or pay for your own food and drink (your choice, but seriously, if you donate a vital organ to a dying child I will be MORE than happy to pick up your lunch tab). We’re also looking into holding a How To Write Magical Words book launch party Saturday night, but I’m still waiting for the hotel people to get back in touch with me regarding the availability of suites.
Speaking of How To Write Magical Words (did you like how smoothly I segued into that?) the first review is in and it doesn’t suck. BSCReviews.com wrote:
“If you love to read science fiction/fantasy/horror, you may have also given thought about one day writing it… There are many books on the market to guide your paths, and they are of varying degrees of value. Stephen King’s On Writing is one of the best I’ve read, but there’s one I read recently that I feel is even better, and more helpful… How to Write Magical Words: A Writer’s Companion, edited by Edmund R. Schubert.”
And lastly, I have a writing tip for you. Well, actually it would be more accurate to say that I have a tip for all you writers out there. And I’m serious about this (I know you find that hard to believe, considering the source and everything): go join a gym. If you can’t afford a gym membership, buy a couple of free weights. If you can’t afford to buy some weights, buy the biggest cans of vegetables you can find and use them (and then eat them later on). But a gym would be best, and frankly it doesn’t have to cost more than the price of three or four trips to Starbucks each month, so make one fewer trip to Starbucks each week and you’re good to go. The reason I’m advocating this is threefold: 1) writers tend to stay in their own little spaces and we all really need to get out and interact with the world more often; 2) physical exercise has been scientifically proven to be the best thing you can do for your brain. The extra blood flow carries more oxygen, feeding and stimulating your braincells in a way that nothing else can; and 4) (I’m a writer; I don’t have to know how to count) when you hit the best-seller list and have to do 46 bookstore signings in 32 days, you’re going to need to be in great shape to sustain that pace and still write in the evenings so you can get your best-selling sequel in to your publisher on time. You laugh, but the truth is, the extra energy you have from working out will make a big difference in your productivity levels.
One more lastly item (I told you I couldn’t count), for those of you who can’t attend StellarCon this year, most of the MW crew will also be at ConCarolinas in Charlotte, NC, the first weekend in June (3rd through the 5th). Misty is the one who will be absent from ConCarolinas, but AJ will be present, so it’s an even swap. Check out the ConCarolinas website for more info and details on that one.