Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Catching Up

by Stephanie Osborn

Today is going to be fairly short. I'm writing this prior to DragonCon, because time crunch, and scheduling it to go up within 48 hrs of the end of Dragon. 

First off, I've had some inquiries as to where the print version of A Case of Spontaneous Combustion is. Well, it's not out yet. The ebook came out in May, and I anticipated the print book in June. But the publisher had a slight backlog and slipped it on out. Then we intended to try to get it into print prior to WorldCon in mid-August. But between that trip falling through for me, and some issues with the galley proofs, that slipped too. I've already been through several galley proofs, which is unusual with my publisher. I think the problem is partly mine; there is a good bit of non-English in this particular book, which required footnotes for translation, and the footnotes are not printing properly on the pages. So please be patient as we work out the proper layout and get it working right. I'd much rather delay and put out a good quality book than rush it to print and have people complain about its quality.

Second: If I have time -- and more importantly, energy -- to come back in here and edit this post for DragonCon updates, photos, etc., I will. Best not to expect it, lol. I put out a lot of energy during a regular con, and usually need a day when I get home to recuperate. (Part of it is due to the fact that I am not as much of an extrovert as most people think I am when they meet me.) And then there's DragonCon, which is nothing like a regular con. You gotta expect the biggest SF/F convention in the world to leave you worn out, especially if you're one of the people speaking at it. And since I have panels on Labor Day Monday, it will be late that night, possibly into the wee sma's Tuesday, before we arrive home. Tuesday to rest, and the blog goes live about 3:30am Central time on Wednesday, so yeah. Don't hold your breath! I'll post Dragon stuff when I can.

And last but hardly least, we will have just celebrated Labor Day. Of course I wasn't/won't be home to post anything, so I'd like to throw in a few inspirational quotes for those of you so inclined, and wish you all a happy start to Autumn 2014.

"Thunder is good, thunder is impressive; but it is lightning that does the work."
~~Mark Twain, aka Samuel Langhorne Clemens

"There is no substitute for hard work."
~~Thomas Edison

"I'm a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it."
~~Thomas Jefferson

"Genius begins great works; labor alone finishes them."
~~Joseph Joubert

 “A hundred times every day I remind myself that my inner and outer life depend on the labors of other men, living and dead, and that I must exert myself in order to give in the same measure as I have received and am still receiving.”
~~Albert Einstein

“God sells us all things at the price of labor.” 
~~Leonardo da Vinci

“I know you’ve heard it a thousand times before. But it’s true - hard work pays off. If you want to be good, you have to practice, practice, practice. If you don’t love something, then don’t do it.” 
~~Ray Bradbury

“Each morning sees some task begin,Each evening sees it close;Something attempted, some done,Has earned a night’s repose.”
~~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


And on that note, dear friends, good night.

-Stephanie Osborn

1 comment:

Stephanie Osborn said...

As a postscript, I started coming down with con crud yesterday morning, so no, I'm not going to be posting much of an update, other than to say that I had a great time at DragonCon, and give a hearty welcome to my new fans!

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