Monday, December 21, 2015

Geekonomicon 2015

Surprisingly, I've never drawn a TARDIS
so I'll be drawing that last photo soon, as well as others.

In spite of being extremely sleep-deprived and in horrendous pain, I had an absolute blast. I'm so glad I managed to go all three days, running on about five hours total sleep. My cognition suffered greatly and I had a difficult time spitting out correct and complete sentences. It was frustrating, but I made a tremendous effort to stay upbeat and friendly. I was told that I seemed happy, and while I could have easily said "If you only knew my misery", my response was "Yes, I am very happy to be here." And it was the truth. I had been looking forward to this weekend all year, and although I had a couple of rough moments, I was glad to be hanging out with my Whovian peeps from Mississippi and Louisiana. Such cool people, all of them. I'm blessed to call them friends, and I hope they know how much their acceptance of me has made a positive impact on my life.

You already know about this if you're on my Facebook, but I had an experience at the con that was quite unexpected. On Friday, I attended a couple of writer's panels. After asking several questions during the Q&A, two guests on the panel, a published author and an editor/publisher, asked to read some of my work. I returned on Saturday and gave them Chapter 1 of The Children of Mossy Hollow. I thought I was going to be sick I was so nervous, and I still can't believe I gave complete strangers a piece of my soul. On Sunday, I met with the author again. She asked me if I was scared about giving her my story. "Terrified" was my response. She smiled and said "You shouldn't be. You are a step ahead of almost everyone who has ever given me their work. You have absolutely nothing to worry about." She gave me her editor's contact info and said "I know it's scary, but don't be scared. I promise you have nothing to worry about. You're in really good shape here...a cut above the rest." I bought one of her novels. Inside it, she wrote "To Kelli - KEEP WRITING!!! And I can't wait to read more!" I walked away teary-eyed and nauseated. That was the first time I had ever let a stranger beta read my work, and my nerves were wrecked. It was humbling and unforgettable. 

I guess I have a novel to finish now.

Indy 500 the rolling walker was a god-send, as usual. I wouldn't be able to do things like this without the walker. I get aggravated over it sometimes, but I'm really grateful to have it. I don't take what little mobility I have for granted. I'm hoping I'll be able to attend two or three conventions next year. We'll see.

My body unfortunately revolted against me a few days later in a very big way. I'm still recovering from the worst HKPP episode I've had in a couple of years. It was potentially catastrophic, and I feel very lucky to be okay. I will write about it on my medical blog soon and notify readers here.

December has zoomed by...Christmas is already upon us. Hope you're all having a fantastic holiday season.