Hard at work

Published August 13, 2014 by barbaraannwright

I’m here. I’m just tired. I’ve been traveling a lot and working on my new project and gearing up for promoting The Fiend Queen in January…and doing laundry.

Deep breath.

I just wanted to share this fact that I uncovered while researching bears for my new project. According to wikipedia:

“A grizzly–polar bear hybrid (also pizzly bear, prizzly bear,… or grolar bear[1][2]) is a rare ursid hybrid that has occurred both in captivity and in the wild.”

Pizzly bear is my new favorite animal. Or maybe it’s a grolar bear. Eh, I like ‘em both. They sound utterly terrifying.

Any fun facts you’ve found out about recently?

Bold Strokes Books Camp!

Published August 6, 2014 by barbaraannwright

Last week, my publisher, Bold Strokes Books, hosted a writers’ retreat in upstate New York at Easton Mountain Lodge.

I call her Speedy.

I call her Speedy.

Together me and my intrepid, tiny rental car (not really an intrepid) groaned up hills and valleys for some spectacular views.

There were breakout sessions filled with helpful information, hours with no events so we could write or read or hang out, and wonderful lunches and dinners provided by the hard working volunteers at Easton.

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Did I mention the views? The fields and hills stretched far into the distance. There were deer, beavers, geese, even a bear! Thankfully, the bear only appeared outside a car window and not in anyone’s cabin.

I received some much-needed encouragement and a clear direction of where I want my novel to go from here. I needed this trip more than I knew.

Say what you want about big versus small publishing, I don’t know many publishers that would offer their writers an experience like this. I reconnected with some old friends and made some new. (The Facebook friend requests have been flying.) I wrote about 5000 new words and finished two books.

CORN!

CORN!

All in all, it was a wonderful, inspiring experience!

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Gnomed!

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The bunkhouse I shared with Jennifer Lavoie and Juliann Rich.

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Guest rooms at Easton Mountain.

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The kitchen

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Breakout session room.

 

Have you ever been on a writing retreat? Were you inspired?

 

Cast lists and a near miss

Published July 16, 2014 by barbaraannwright

It’s been an odd couple of weeks here at my house. I’m struggling with joint pain, but luckily, my doctor thinks it’s viral arthritis instead of rheumatoid which is a very lucky thing. I know people who live with RA, and while I feel greatly for them, I don’t want to join their ranks.

In fits and starts, I’ve been working on cast lists for all my books, updating each one so that it reflects the characters at the start of that particular book. I’ve got The Pyramid Waltz and For Want of a Fiend done. Those tabs are at the top of this page. Now when people are lost about who a particular person is, they can just come to my page and have a look-see. Do check them out and let me know if I’ve missed anyone. Accidents happen. I’ll have tabs for A Kingdom Lost and The Fiend Queen up soon.

I hope everyone can come see me at ArmadilloCon on July 25-27. Here’s where to find me at the con:

Protecting the Indigenous Tribes Fri 8:00 PM-9:00 PM Room E Maresca*, Compton, Wright Indigenous peoples confront a diverse range of concerns. What should be done to ensure their existence?

40 Years of D&D Fri 9:00 PM-10:00 PM Room F Benjamin*, Finn, Maresca, Marmell, Sarath, Wright How did D&D inspire authors?

Build the Perfect Thief Sat 11:00 AM-Noon Room E Finn*, de Orive, Foster, Sheridan Rose, Sullivan, Wright Thieves can make delightful characters, but what does it take to create a great thief? Brad Foster will make an accompanying drawing to be sold for charity.

Gothic Novels of the 1800s Sat Noon-1:00 PM Room F Sarath*, Cheney, Jones, Swendson, Wright Discussion of how gothic novels came to be and which stories can still hold up today.

Reading Sat 2:00 PM-3:00 PM Southpark A Wright

Evil Characters Sat 10:00 PM-11:00 PM Room D Denton*, Acevedo, Marmell, Rountree, Stufflebeam, Wright Discussing the best evil characters in history.

Are You My Mummy? Sat 11:00 PM-Midnight Room D Webb*, McDonald, Waldrop, Wright I want more mummy stories! Why aren’t they being written? Are there any good ones out there?

I hope you can make it out to this great event. These panels are bound to be very entertaining. And don’t worry about that reading hour. I plan to do a humorous talk about dealing with rejection and probably how to sell books with Barbies. And I will have new swag to give away.

Anyone else planning to go to an event? Anyone else heard of cast lists on websites? I hear that’s the new thing, and you know how I like to jump on a bandwagon.

Denver Pride!

Published June 25, 2014 by barbaraannwright

So, first, my space at the table was all like:

21 books and a pile o' swag.

21 books and a pile o’ swag.

And by 5:00, I was like:

Only a copy of For Want of a Fiend left, and a little bit of swag

Only a copy of For Want of a Fiend left, and a little bit of swag

But by 5:30, I was totally:

Gone!

Gone!

The rest of the swag trickled away on Sunday, but the books sold out in one day. I couldn’t believe it. People in Denver want lesbian books, yo.

We had a blast of a time, not too hot, just a little humid in parts. Met some colorful characters:

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Found my next car:

I'm going to get lots of tickets.

I’m going to get lots of tickets.

Saw walking condoms in the parade:

In a rainbow of colors, yes, literally

In a rainbow of colors, yes, literally

And our booth was by some strange statuary, but then again, all of Denver has some strange statues. Read the conspiracies about the Denver airport sometime:

Instead of a tiny horse on a huge chair, that's a life-sized horse on an enormous chair

Instead of a tiny horse on a huge chair, that’s a life-sized horse on an enormous chair

I even saw my book on the shelves at Barnes and Noble downtown:

Woot!

Woot!

We laughed we cried, we went to bed at 10pm because we were exhausted. Thank you, Denver, we had a wonderful time. :) An extra special shout-out to my friends, David Slayton and Erin Kennemer for helping me pimp books. Lots of those sales were directly attributable to you.

How many of you attend Pride events or anywhere with bookseller tents? Have you ever bought or sold books there?

Goin to Denver

Published June 12, 2014 by barbaraannwright

Who’s ready for Denver Pride! It’s at the Civic Center Park, June 21st and 22nd. The Bold Strokes booth will be behind the Center Stage (with a whole lot of other vendors), just around the corner from the VIP pavilion. We’ll have some wonderful swag, a lot of great books, and a buy one, get one free offer featuring some wonderful BSB titles. I hope to see ya there!

Liz McMullen’s pride blog, Denver Pride, and Armadillocon

Published June 2, 2014 by barbaraannwright

And all the cons I’ve loved befoooore…

Boy, am I everywhere.

Firstly, I’m guest blogging today on the Liz McMullen Show during her June Pride Blog. I’m talking about writing a trans character as part of my new project, but because I still love Katya and Starbride, you can enter to win one of their books!

But where can you see me in person, you ask? How about the Denver Pride festival, June 21st-22nd. I’ll be one of five Bold Strokes authors manning a booth and selling loot! We’ll also have plenty of swag to share, so if you’re nearby, stop in or we’ll collapse into tears. :(

If you refuse to see me anywhere but Austin, try ArmadilloCon, August 21st-22nd. You can find my full schedule under the Participant Index. There’s a lot of cool talks this year, plus a Dealer’s Room, Art Show, Charity Auction, and much more.

I hope some of you can make it to one of these. Even if you can’t, we’ll forever be internet buddies. Speaking of the internets, have you heard of #OutWriters on Twitter? It’s a way LGBT writers (like me) and fans are currently connecting. Join in the conversation and say why you love LGBT fiction.

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