I survived Fantasycon, didn’t win the award I was shortlisted for but hey, it is still a huge honour to have been nominated. My hotel (the Park Inn) comfortable enough but the bar prices were high (£5.10 for a 330ml bottle of beer!). It was also about 10 mins walk to the con so not ideal for the evenings when my knees and ankles were reminding me of their distress.
I managed OK in the panels if I sat at the front but conversations around the bar were definitely difficult. If you spoke to me at the bar and got an odd answer (or none at all) it is probably because I didn’t hear you clearly.
I met in the flesh a bunch of new Facebook friends, 2 people came to my reading (but did seem to enjoy it) and I had useful conversations with several editors about my unpublished contemporary fantasy novel – so job done.
If my health holds up, I should be able to do more cons so maybe see you in Chester and Harrogate next year.
This post will come as no surprise to those who caught my Facebook updates over Christmas and New Year. For those who did not let me summarise: things went very badly wrong!
My white blood cell levels crashed and I was twice admitted to Frimley Park Hospital with infections my immune system could not cope with. I have now been prescribed a new regime of chemotherapy with a single agent, Ibrutinib which I will start on Monday. This is a new treatment but everything I have read about it sounds very positive.
This inevitably meant that my cochlear implant surgery, which should have been yesterday, has been postponed until my white blood cell count improves. This may be several months, so I’m not going to be getting out to Cons, writing group meetings etc until the summer.
In other news: physical copies of Nandor, book 2 of the Nandor Tales, are now available. The e-book version has been out for a month or so, but there are as yet no reviews (hint!). The audiobook of Exile has been delayed due to the illness of the narrator, but I’m told it should be available in Feb.
Been a while since I could say this as I haven’t written a worthwhile short story in over 5 years so obviously this relates to an older story, but I’m happy to say that ‘The Locked Room’, a collaboration with the talented Gaie Sebold, will appear in the 4th Spectral Book of Horror Stories.