Monday, 6 September 2010
Some brief thoughts on the con
I also chatted (however briefly) to the author of every single book read in the last month, including the one I am currently reading. This included a meal shared with Jennifer F, during which I had the opportunity to discuss which of her series was my favourite, along with the frustrations felt at the end of her latest. (I said I wanted another chapter to give me complete resolution; she merely smiled mysteriously and said it wasn't that simple, and that there would probably be a whole extra trilogy...) She also outlined the plot and setting of her forthcoming series, granting a couple of us some unique insights.
On the whole, I feel empowered and positive about forging ahead with my rewrite and subsequent attempted publication. The odds are no better than they were, but the environment of a convention like Aussiecon 4 is so amazingly supportive and encouraging, that I can't help but feel like it might be possible. I copped the usual flack from my writing group about being a perfectionist (of course), but I'm going to figure out a reasonable deadline for me to finish the rewrite and attempt to meet it. Then, who knows?
Over the next few days, I'll be posting some specific highlights/insights/comments etc from the panels I attended.