It’s official. It took a little wheel greasing on my end because of various miscommunications, but Phobos will indeed be at Dragon*Con this year. Keith Olexa (Phobos editor) and James Maxey (fellow contest winner and novelist) have been approved as guests.
The Phobos folks are coordinating with the director of the Writers Track at D*C to arrange a panel. But it looks like the panel, autograph signing, and publicity mongering will all be a go. Very exciting! I get to be on the other side of the autographing table–the side with the pen!
Err. I still haven’t told Keith and James that I’m deathly afraid of public speaking. I should probably do that . . .
As if I don’t say this all the time, but damn I am so happy for you and proud of you! 🙂
Thank you, thank you. There’s a part of me that’s still wandering around, stunned with disbelief, about a lot of this.
If you can write well, you can speak well. It’s just a matter of practice and in no time you’d lose that fear in public speaking. I always have faith in you. 🙂
“If you can write well, you can speak well.“
Unfortunately, that’s totally not true for me. I’ve always been clumsy and inarticulate when it comes to vocal communication. I’m much more eloquent in written mediums. That’s always how it’s been for me. I think I started writing as a way of expressing myself because I was so frustrated by my inability to verbalize eloquently the thoughts and ideas that were pinging around in my head.
I’m the same way with verbal communication. I guess that’s mostly due to being a shy person early on in my life and not talking very much. And that led to a fear of public speaking, but I’m dealing with it and slowly shedding it now because my new job requires me to stand up in front of a class of 40-80 students and teach them (talk about jumping headfirst into the fire.)
I just got the Dragoncon progress report in the mail, and I’m reading all the events and realizing what a bummer it is I can’t make it this year.
Oh well, hope it’s a blast.
Imagine that fear plus two of your idols being on the panel with you! I only took one Xanax and I burned through it and was still shaking a bit.
I’m still looking for a roomie.
Love & Hugs,
I’m eyeing my Clonazepam as a possible “speaking aid”. But it knocks me pretty flat and I wouldn’t want to lose the rest of my day at D*C. Or burble something incomprehensible and/or bizarre which I have also done while on it . . .
Keeping my fingers crossed for you on the roomie front!