An artist (Sally Brackett Robinson) came up afterwards and showed us a watercolor she’d done of the four of us reading, super neat! Yes, I sat cross-legged for my reading; it was a deep chair, and my feet don’t reach the ground sometimes.
I think Ben’s choice of a clear mask was a good one for the reading; it was nice to be able to see his face, and even though all the masks were a bit muffling, we had mics, so it was easy to hear everyone. I’m not planning to do a reading again anytime soon, but if I do, I might get a mask like his. Maybe for teaching in the fall, if we’re still masking then? We’ll see.
I read the new opening to the novel, and people seemed to like it. Ben read it for me before the con and yesterday we spent a few hours going through his notes — it’s mostly tweaks, but important ones; he’s great at worldbuilding, and I think once I implement these changes, it’ll be an even more coherent universe. I have some edits from my PenDragons workshop too, and some e-mail first readers, but it’s VERY VERY close to done.
I might be ready to start submitting it by mid-June? Definitely by months’ end. Eep. My first SF novel baby, going out into the world. Nerve-wracking, honestly.