I'm a bit of a mess at the moment, spread way too thin among all my travel and convention commitments this month, and dealing with the sadness and reality of taking Ryan to school in ten days. Throw in both of our birthdays last week, Anne's this week, Nolan's next week, and you've got a very stressed out me.
Because I decided to take two days last week (plus 1.5 on the weekend) just for myself, each day that I am not on the road is jam packed with stuff and more than a little hectic. I guess there's an argument to be made for not going to BARGE, but with the insanity of this month, I desperately needed the time to myself, free of responsibility, to just goof off and recharge before the real craziness starts on Thursday.
The clock is absolutely ticking, and I can hear it, see it, and feel it as every moment passes. I am curently Overwhelmed.
However, a couple of Vegas Convention and PAX updates about my books and stuff:
I was not able to order copies of Just A Geek from O'Reilly in time to have them at the con. I should have some for PAX. It's complicated for me, because I have to order about as many as I think I can sell, so I'm not out of pocket too much. I think that just about everyone who wants JAG already has it, anyway, so I'll probably just get 25 or so to take to Seattle.
If you've always wanted to have Just A Geek: Teh Audiobook, though, you're in luck . . . sort of. Due to a massive fuckup on my part, I'll only have 25 or so copies of the White Label version on hand. Again, I'll have a few more of the full version, with artwork and everything, at PAX.
I have about 20 copies of Dancing Barefoot for Vegas. If I sell out of them, I'll get some more for PAX.
There's a significant change on the TV Squad TNG Reviews Chapbook. Originally, I was going to collect everything I'd written so far and put it together in a simple little stapled book (similar to More Than This, for those of you who remember that). This became a problem when it was over 30000 words, making the chapbook more like a novella, and longer than The Happiest Days of Our Lives. So I've chosen a selection of reviews that (which? This is killing me) I think are a good sampling of what the column is all about, mixing the right balance of humor, sarcasm, and backstage memories. I am intentionally keeping it limited to 200 signed and numbered copies.
I'm confident that we can get a poker game together at the Hilton on Thursday or Friday night, though. As I said before, I'll have details on that all set when I get to the con and have a chance to talk with the poker room manager.
I'll be at the con from about 1:30 or 2 on Thursday, depending on how long it takes us to get out of the house and on the road. I won't be there on Sunday, but I will stay until they kick us out on Saturday. I'm really sorry if you could only come on Sunday. I'd tell you to let Creation know, but I think you'd get equal results by telling that brick wall over there.
Finally, if I can totally bury the lede: The Happiest Days of Our Lives arrived from the printer this morning, and I hope that I have enough for the con. Actually, that's not true. I hope I sell out of every single one of them before I leave. That would be awesome.
I wish I could enjoy the arrival of my books, and even celebrate it a little bit, but my internal CPU is maxed out and I don't have access to that process right now. Dammit, I'd really like to renice it to something without a positive value. Does anyone know how to do the "give me an extra four days between now and Thursday" upgrade?
I think it's a good thing that I took 2.5 days off for myself, because I can't kill -9 /usr/wil/stress right now, and I'd be looking at a pretty ugly kernel panic if I hadn't.