Further Confusion 2016 is in the books, and I for one am quite glad it's over. Not because the convention was terrible (it wasn't) or because there's something great on the horizon (but there is), but mostly because I have this small hoard of memories to treasure and sift through for the next few months. The panels I participated in were all awesome; the people that I met, reconnected and conversed with were amazing; and the ideas that we batted back and forth are in serious need of tending, shaping and realizing. I really can't wait to get started.
"Power and Privilege in an Anthropomorphic World" and "Furries and 'the Other'" were both well-attended writing panels that generated a lot of lively discussion -- it's really cool to know that folks are excited to deal with these kinds of topics and not shy about diving head-long into what could be some really thorny things. My co-panelists -- Watts Martin, Ryan Campbell, Mary Lowd and Chandra al-Akani -- were all excellent partners in crime for this; we were able to at least try to keep the topic close to furry writing, and we incorporated audience points and personal stories fairly well. I'm really looking forward to being a part of these next year, and I already have an idea or two about even more panels!
"Write Now!" and "Brainstorming in Real Time" were both loads of fun. Kyell Gold is so much fun to be on a panel with, you guys -- there's something about Coke Zero that makes him really silly and it's an irresistible mood that you get swept up in. Hopefully folks got some use out of our advice on how to think about the structure of a story or how to brainstorm ideas that could generate a whole flood of strange and different ideas. It's truly an honor to be talking about these things I'm passionate about with smart, funny, dedicated people in front of other really smart, funny and dedicated people. There really isn't much better than being in a group aiming for the same thing -- excellent and thoughtful furry fiction.
I had so many conversations with so many people, and so many of them were so great. I got to see a replica of a Buddhist meditation scroll from 15th century Japan that featured rabbits, foxes, frogs and monkeys doing regular things to illustrate the general folly of artificial restrictions and castes -- and got a wonderful idea for an art commission that I can't wait to develop with corgi extraordinaire, Zia. I spent a ton of time with Kannik, a wonderful and thoughtful guy who loves movies, games and Eastern philosophy -- so we're two peas in a pod. I got to meet a lot of friends from all over the country and indulge in such a wide variety of interests over the weekend, from cartoons to comics to drinking to macro/micro silliness.
Yeah, Further Confusion 2016 was a blast, and I can't thank the staff enough for putting in so many hours to bring it all together. It's a largely thankless job and people only really notice them when something goes wrong, but they were (for the most part) super-friendly, knowledgeable and ready to help whenever you need it. A million points to those folks!
Now that the convention is done, it's time to head into the very busy second part of the month. This week I'll be doing my best to catch up with the Jackalope Serial Company to make sure parts 2 through 4 go up on time. I also need to sketch out my project plan for the JSC, New Fables, The Writing Desk and so much more next month, just to make sure I know what I'm doing and when. The big trip to New York City for my day job happens next Tuesday, and I need to make sure I have warm clothing, all of my work supplies, medication and a way to bring my morning routine to New York City. I'll be staying there until Sunday, where I fly back and immediately head back into work the next day. Once Friday rolls around, I will not be able to sit back and enjoy the Super Bowl weekend; I will instead have my first on-call days.
There's a LOT going on over the next two or three weeks. I'll do my best to make sure everything gets done, but The Writing Desk might be a little empty for a little while. As much as I would love to make sure this blog is updated three times a week, chances are very high that something will have to give.
Besides, writing about writing isn't the best thing to do when you have stories that are begging to be finished. Once "A Stable Love" is done, I'll move straight into "The Tourist". That's my entry to People of Color Destroy Science Fiction, which is gearing up to be an amazing anthology -- the Kickstarter is live, and you can chip in to help them meet their stretch goals here! If I can manage to get "The Tourist" written and edited for submission, there's one more commission to tackle before I can return my focus to simply the Jackalope Serial Company and The Writing Desk for a little while.
What's the Jackalope Serial Company, you ask? So glad you did! It's my Patreon for serialized erotic stories (mostly featuring M/M, macro/micro and muscle content). I'm a sucker for a good serial, and the time has come for me to try my hand at making one of my own. If you're interested, please head on over to my Patreon page to check it out. The first serial -- THE CULT OF MAXIMUS -- has just gotten underway, so now's a good time to hop on board!
Now that I've pimped out several things, I think it's time to go back to the old word mines. Hopefully there will be a new chapter of Br'ers on Friday -- you might see a very hastily-scratched apology here instead. At any rate, wish me luck!