Mar. 15th, 2017

jon_chaisson: (Mooch writing)
It's the halfway point of my week's vacation where it goes from 'ah, we have all week to relax and have fun' to 'O NOES where did the time go we only have a few days left'. Not that I'm's been quite a fun and interesting week!

Weekend: headed to FOGcon up in Walnut Creek and had what I called my 'soft open' debut as an author on a panel! I had two panels, actually: one was a reading, and the other was a discussion about self-publishing marketing strategies. I'll be honest, it did feel a bit strange to be there as a pro as well as a fan. One of the best parts, though, was when someone walked up to me later on and thanked me for the info I'd provided on the self-publishing panel! :)

Monday: Heading downtown to visit A's brother and have lunch in our old neighborhood of North Beach. It hasn't changed much at all, and a lot of our favorite Italian restaurants were still there and doing just fine. :)

Tuesday: Long road trip down to San Jose to visit the Winchester Mystery House. Very odd place, that. This is what happens when you have way too much money and maybe a bit of paranoia to go along with it.

Today: Downtown once more to the Golden Gate Theater to see Into the Woods! I haven't seen that since I was in college, so this should be a lot of fun!

Tomorrow: Our internets may be down for a short while, as we are switching over to a new internet provider called Sonic. If you recall our nightmarish dealings with AT&T a few months previous, this will hopefully be a big change for us. I've heard nothing but really good reviews from them. In fact I kind of helped them install wires to our building by giving them the contact info to our landlords so they can plan stuff out. The only downside was that it took a couple of months for them to get to us -- apparently our entire neighborhood desperately wants to change over as well!

Friday: Nothing planned that I can remember off the top of my head. This may be one of our 'lounging around the house doing nothing except watching Midsomer Murders' days. :p

Saturday: No plans, but probably errands like food shopping and cleaning.

Sunday: Grumbling that we'll need to head back to work the next day, and log onto our work emails to clean out the box so we're not hit by an avalanche on Monday morning.

OH! Meant to mention: while at FOGcon, we decided that it would be in my best interests to also attend BayCon this year as an author as well. I'm not the biggest fan of this year's theme (utopia/dystopia), but it does kinda sorta fit with the setting of the Mendaihu Universe. But here's the really neat thing: I contacted BayCon programming and asked if there were any spots open for panel participation, and was told that even though the initial deadline to sign up for that had come and gone (2/23), they checked out my Welcome to Bridgetown writing blog and made an exception!! They sent me a survey to fill out for what panels I'd be interested in, which I sent back right quick. WOO! This new professional avenue for my writing is going a lot faster than expected! Not that I'm complaining, mind you, but still...glad that it's going in the direction I want it! :D

So yeah, that's our week so far....hope everyone else is having a good week!


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