Summary of Keycon 2018

I spent this past weekend at Keycon. My main goal was to sell books, which I’m happy to report actually happened! Sales at cons are generally mediocre for me at best, but I did well, and I’m happy.

It was also the most fun I’ve had at a con in a long while. The sense of community and the welcome we received at every event made it feel like home.

I convinced my boyfriend to come to the Eye of Argon reading – he had a blast. He agreed that this was one of the best con experiences he’s had. He was most impressed by the hospitality suites, and I agree. Whenever we walked into a new room we were made to feel welcome.

There was never a moment of boredom.

I took part in thought-provoking discussions:
I particularly enjoyed the discussion about where to draw the line between personality and writing, as well as the discussion on representation.

I played fandom games:
At one point there was talk of a poke ball up someone’s butt. Does it get any better than that?

I talked with other authors:
We discussed technique (both writing and selling) and we discussed matters completely unrelated. I think, and hope, that I made some new friends.

I took in the hospitality suites:
The Tomodachi Anime Club suite was by far my favourite place of the weekend. (The other hospitality suites were also excellent.) Whenever we walked in we were greeted with a smile. They also introduced us to a Japanese game show which I know is going to become a staple at home.

Our Sunday dinner from the Medieval folks, which we were recommended to purchase, lived up to its stellar reputation. They had some technical difficulties, but they kept us informed and everything was calm and polite. And the food was friggin’ delicious.

Unfortunately, the hotel’s restaurant also lived up to its own reputation which is far from stellar. It had by far the worst service I’ve experienced at a restaurant. It was half an hour before anyone took our order, another twenty minutes before any food came, and my brother’s food came even later and it was cold.

Overall, Keycon was a blast! I’ve already purchased my table for next year.

It’s my birthday, and here’s where I’m at

It’s been a long time since I’ve posted anything, so I’ll be uncharacteristically serious for this update.

At the beginning of this year, I optimistically promised fiction for this blog on special occasions. That didn’t last long; in April, I made some major real-life changes. The changes were good, but hard.

The husband became the ex-husband. The transition was tough, but it was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. In part of an ongoing process to love myself more, I finally realized how miserable I was. I should have left a long time ago, but I know regret is useless. I did learn a lot, about who I am and who I don’t want to be.

Leaving made me free. Free to stop hating myself.

I moved in with my brother, who is a terrifically fun roommate. We spent weeks playing The Old Republic. At bedtime we listen to cassettes. (Yes, casssettes.) Currently we’re marathoning Supernatural. There’s a Hanson poster from the 90s on my living room wall. Our bedrooms are Slytherin (him) and Ravenclaw (me). It’s amazing.

In July, something wonderful happened. I started dating the man who’s been my best friend for the past ten years. The one who’s always been there for me when I need him. The man who liked me secretly and silently for so long; the man I’ve been in love with for ages, but couldn’t admit to it, even to myself. Some might argue that it’s too soon after my failed marriage, but those people don’t know us or our situations. We are happy, really happy, in a way I thought I could never be. I don’t have enough words to describe how much he means to me.

I’ve done a lot of reading. I’ve been through a lot of therapy (physical and emotional). I’ve kept up with my exercising. I’m stronger than I’ve ever been (again, physically and emotionally). I know who I am and I no longer feel ashamed of it.

And now that the real life stuff is out of the way:

I’ve done a couple of short stories for anthologies, and one (or two?) more to come. I’ve also signed up for NaNoWriMo this year so I can hopefully get a start on an idea that’s been rattling around in my head. I’ll be attending a couple of conventions in the coming year to hopefully shift some merchandise, so if you’re in the area, come and see me!

 

An Update from Holly Geely

At the beginning of the year I optimistically promised holiday fiction for this blog at least twice a month. Unfortunately, due to multiple events, that won’t be as consistent as I’d hoped. Here it is close to the end of May and life still feels like a whirlwind.

I will spare you the personal details, but these past weeks have been filled with regret and self-doubt. Most of it was unrelated to blogging or writing or even being online, but all of that has taken a hit.

I’m still writing. Whenever I think about giving it up, I remember the young person who approached me in the store one day and said they were a fan of my work. It was random and amazing and I will never forget it. Even if that young person remains my one and only fan (or has indeed taken a disliking to me in the interim) I am going to write when the writing mood takes me, whether I can sell it or not.

Finnaly #3 will be out in the next couple of months, once editing/cover are done. (#1 here, #2 here…books about dragons, adventure, romance, and potty humour!) Another book in the same universe struck me one day and is now in the preliminary stages. I’ve volunteered for a Christmas anthology (yay!) and I have another silly project on the go that may or may not see the light of day.

In the meantime, I will attempt to post here more frequently so the poor blog doesn’t feel such neglect. I’ve had a heck of a time coming up with interesting topics, but I’ll do my best.

 

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I tried to play Outlast

For those of you who don’t know, Outlast is a gory first-person horror game. (I like the notice at the beginning that warns you about the violence and gore, and goes on to say “Please enjoy.” Extra classy.)

Before attempting to play this game, I prided myself on my bravery, but I’ve never been a fan of the horror genre. I don’t like excessive, gratuitous gore. I do enjoy a good mystery and if I have to suffer through gore then so be it, but gore for gore’s sake does not interest me.

Also it’s gross.

On the other hand, as I said, I do love a good mystery. I figured horror itself might be more enjoyable if I’m in the middle of it. I had fun at that haunted house escape room, right? What could possibly go wrong?

(Minor spoilery stuff is ahead; in summary: I’m a coward)

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Proud to be Ridiculous in 2017

My holidays were successful; with the help of my brother I even managed to pull off Christmas dinner without the assistance of my mother, who is the usual provider of the fancy food. (Her dinner one province over also looked tasty.)

This year I’m planning to attend more conventions in hopes of selling more books. I will be writing regularly, per usual, and some fun endeavors are coming up.

A SUMMARY OF 2016’S OFFERINGS

A Plethora of Poor Decisions

Happy Hollydays

Rafaello’s Eternal Design Inc.

The Dragon’s Unhatched Offspring

If you missed my 12 Days of Christmas, you can get it for cheap.

BLOG NEWS

Instead of bi-weekly stories, this year I’ll be posting stories on special occasions. You’ll still see stories at least twice a month (with only one story in January because the holidays have caught up with me).

UP & COMING

Dates are still to be determined, but the following are what you can expect from me this year:

Novel-wise, I’m excited to reveal that The Finnaly Trio Trilogy #3: The Dragon’s Attempt at Revenge will be done this year. (Haven’t read the first two? The Dragon’s Toenail, The Dragon’s Unhatched Offspring – full of ridiculous scenarios, adventure, and extremely good-looking people!)

Anthology-wise, later in the year you can expect The Little Book of Inappropriate Morals: Stories That Aren’t Helpful At All.

There is also a murder mystery in the works, but I don’t know yet if that will see the light of day.

Happy 2017!