Home is Where the Heartless is

Forget March – April is Crazy Month. So much has happened in it already that I haven’t had the time to post about it here, and I don’t have time to do it in detail now. So for the time being, a quick summary.

The launch party on t he 8th went down very well – plenty of people came, the speeches were good, and we all had a good time. This time around the speeches weren’t caught on video, but the audio from them was recorded, so once I have it I’ll be putting it on my podcast site.

Just yesterday I got back from the Melbourne Supanova convention, which was a blast. And this coming weekend I’m doing it all again at the Gold Coast! I’ll save it until then to write up the full details, but for now…

I got to meet some really cool people, including David Hasselhoff, Dave Gibbons of Watchmen fame, Natalie Tema from Game of Thrones, Tony Todd the screenwriter and playwright, Gail Simone the comic book author, Greg Cipes the actor and musician, and half a dozen others, all of whom were really friendly and happy to talk, which is why I say “met” rather than “was in the same room as at one point”. I also enjoyed a reunion with my friend and fellow author Kylie Chan, and got to meet other authors Colin Taber (whose latest book I bought and really enjoyed), Tad Williams, Marianne de Pierres, and Hugh Howey, author of the bestseller Wool.

It was my first Supanova, and I was deeply impressed by  how well the organisers cared for all of us, and how friendly and interested they were. It’s a high-stress job, but none of them ever looked harassed or unwilling to deal with whatever came up. I’m really looking forward to seeing them again at the Gold Coast.

But that’s not all!

While I was in Melbourne on the first day, I got a phone call that changed everything. The gist of it was that, rather than in June, my new home is being built this week.

I haven’t mentioned it here before, but the short version is this: rather than move into a flat or a regular house, some time ago I decided that I would have a yurt built to call my own. There’s a company not too far from here that builds yurts to order, so I bought one from them. They build the pieces in their factory, then bring them to the site and assemble them in a matter of days. By the end of the week, there should be a brand new yurt standing ready for me.

Of course, it’ll still have to be furnished and everything, but it’s a start. I was originally planning to call it The Eyrie, because it’s round, but I imagine that it’ll probably wind up being called The Studio, or possibly even The Fish House, because thanks to the annexes attached to the side the floor plan makes it look more like a goldfish than anything else. Either way, it’ll be home.

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