Where did the summer go?

Seattle Great Wheel
Wow. I knew I was behind on blogging, but I didn’t realise just how far behind I was! Two months behind. Ouch.

Well, let’s see, what have I been up to? I finally got to check out my Celtic Life article on King Arthur after a long ordeal with the company. I won’t include a link because I don’t promote companies that don’t pay their writers unless they threaten them with collections. Not cool, Celtic Life, not cool. Thankfully my Travel Generation woes seem to be behind me, and I will hopefully be writing for them regularly.

On a happy note, my super secret project is finally out and I can tell you about it. I wrote an article for Den of Geek on 10 Surprising Geek TV Crossovers. I was super excited about this article since I am a huge fan of Den of Geek. Den of Geek and SFX are my scifi go-to sites.

I also have been booking voice over work, including one project that I am dying to tell you about, but mum’s the word, at least for now. I will say that it was for a video game and it was a lot of fun.

Actually, in truth, I am pulling away from the writing in a big way. Part of it is because of the nasty experience with Celtic Life. It left a sour taste in my mouth. Pitching is a lot of work. Then when your pitch gets accepted (if you’re lucky) and you write the article, you still won’t see payment for 60-90 days, sometimes this is long after publication. I find myself being pulled towards voice over more and more. It’s no less hard work, but I find it more enjoyable and fulfilling. Which isn’t to say that I have quit the writing game. I still have plenty of fiction projects I am working on.

Not that I have had much time lately. We had family visiting over the past few weeks which has kept me very busy. Got to go to Whidbey Island a bunch. We also spent a day being touristy. We took the water taxi from West Seattle into downtown, which was a lot of fun. No, I didn’t go up on the ferris wheel, but I thought this was a really interesting shot.

Last weekend was GeekGirlCon. I found myself dreading it because cons are a lot of work. But then I remembered just how laid back this particular convention is. Still, I came away on Saturday feeling not quite so excited as I was last year. This had nothing to do with GGC and more to do with where I am right now. Last year I chatted with Ashley Eckstein and that really helped push me towards recording my demo. I also talked a lot with other bloggers and went to an excellent panel on self-publishing.

While I had some really great interactions this year (I interviewed Jane Espenson!) it wasn’t the sort of experience that really propelled me forward like the previous year. Again, this is not to do with the convention but more to do with me and what I put into it. I’m also wondering what to do with IGP. I love it dearly, but there are times when all I want to do is focus on my fiction work and my voice over. I don’t intend to quit the site, but I need to figure out what I want out of the site to make this experience more enjoyable for me. Not that it isn’t enjoyable. This past year I interviewed three legends of science fiction, all of them heroes to me. I can’t exactly sniff at that. But I do find myself wanting to branch out. I’m a geek, but I’m also a lot of other things too. I suppose I’m looking to bond with people about stuff other than just loving Firefly or whatever.

Okay, that’s enough navel gazing for one day. I have recording to do. I promise to be better about updating!

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