Friday, November 30, 2012

Cruising Along....

On Sunday I leave for Miami to join Sail For Success.  This is an "SF teaching cruise" sponsored by the coming-up-fast small press Arc Manor.  The cruise ship is the Norwegian Sky, and the faculty also includes Mike Resnick, Kevin J. Anderson, Jack Skillingstead, Paul Cook, Rebecca Moesta, agent Eleanor Wood, and Baen publisher Toni Weisskopf.  There will be classes, panels, shore excursions, and shipboard conferences.  

I have never taken a cruise before.  I'm not sure what to expect from this one, but I'm looking forward to it a lot.  I've spent the last several days reading, line editing, and critiquing student manuscripts.  I just hope everybody isn't too distracted by the tropical amenities and excursions to come to class.  Things I intend to do: shop in Nassau, have drinks that come in coconut shells with little umbrellas in them, visit a white-sand beach.  Things I do not intend to do: write, diet, use the ship's wi-fi, which costs seventy-five cents a minute.  Well, maybe a little.  But no blogging about the trip until I get home.

Also cruising along is the publicity for FLASH POINT, my YA novel that debuted November 8.  Here is a piece about it on Mary Robinette Kowal's blog feature MY FAVORITE BIT, in which writers unbutton and talk about personal aspects of their writing.  And yes--I DID clear this piece first with my sister!

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