I just wanted to give a quick shout out to www.bookdoggie.com. It's a cute lil site where you pick the genre of book you like, then tell it to go "FETCH" a title for you. They're all submitted by the authors, so you're bound to find a lot of off-the-beaten-path indie stuff. (For better or for worse)
I kinda wish the site ran a straight listing, but the fun of it is the random result, I suppose. The site is run just for the sake of running it, I think. There's one unassuming ad banner at the bottom, and that's it.
Tomorrow I go to my first MEETUP meeting with a handful of other writers. It's a long slog from here to the Vancouver library, (what, 3 hours by transit? Erf. Can't be THAT bad) but we'll see what there is to see.
Speaking of long slogs into Vancouver, that sci-fi convention is getting closer and closer. I don't have my hands on the Yute stock yet, but it IS sitting within driving distance. You preorder people gotta get on my case about it! (Or, maybe more specifically, on my dad's case about it, as he's the final step in getting the books to me from his US post box)
Countdown, 2 weeks and 3 days!
Also, I've been working on a halloween costume for various purposes.. It's a tad silly for the sci-fi convention, (ie: it's looking more like silly CRAP as opposed to the original target of "badass") but that makes it plenty cool enough for a party and other events. Why not for the sci-fi convention? Well...... I want to be able to fool myself that I actually AM cool for that weekend, whereas other times, I'm content to wallow in my dorkiness.
I'm not spreading around what the costume is too far, as I'd like to surprise one or two people who are likely to read this. I don't want to over-sell it though, but againt my lame costumes for previous years, this one smacks of effort. I just hope the Dueckman's have a party this year... they always threw hum-dingers, but the world has to realize they have a kiddo now. Last year when he was newborn, they came up with a "Let kiddo make an appearance, then ship him offsite" strategy... whether they felt that it worked well or not, I can't guess... we'll see.. I'll drop hints...
The other location I'd wear the costume is at Ghost Ridge, the haunted house event that my Optimis club helps out with. Frankly, our membership is doing badly enough that we can't be one of the central groups and get funding from it, but it's not going to stop many of the members form volunteering anyway. We'll see how it goes down... I'm still not sure if I can BE one of those volunteers yet.
And yes, I'll post pictures of my costume.