2008 seems to be flowing past fast! It’s May already! Eek!

1) News
2) Marketing Madness
3) Latest Appearance Schedule
4) Upcoming Appearances
5) What’s Up?

1) News

crosseyed3 New reviews are up for Cross-eyed Dragon Troubles!

Also more reviews for Willing Sacrifice! willing sacrifice3

Not a lot of other news on the writing field though. Have finished the Supernatural essay, but am now waiting on the beta reader who’s also hooked on the show to give it a once over before I send it in and see if I can squeeze in there – wish me luck!

Sent a story out for Sword and Sorceress 23 but got rejected – not quite what they were looking for. Thinking of using the same story to get on the Baen critique site and see what they make of it. It’s a weird mix of fantasy and police procedural. Might be hard to find it a home!

A couple of other stories are still out in the ether waiting for approvals or rejections. One for an anthology and two I am trying to get into the Dallas Museum of Art’s Reader Program where they get actors to read short stories to an audience. I think this would be a blast to see!

Did submit Willing Sacrifice to the Dreamrealm awards but haven’t heard squat. Their trophies are gorgeous, but the communication is abysmal. Entered two other books with them before but they went nowhere – don’t think the main person enjoys my writing style. Got my fingers crossed anyway.

2) Marketing Madness

Have made a little progress here – Cross-eyed/Willing Sacrifice’s two sided bookmark templates got done and the completed bookmarks are now here. Went once more for the larger sized ones since I’d messed up the original Samura/Vassal set. Not sure if it makes a difference to peeps or not. Guess I’ll find out when I put them out for promo.

Also got the postcards done and they’re now here too. Even got the Cross-eyed flyer done! So I guess I’ve been somewhat productive on the marketing side of things!

Need to revamp my Sampler yet again and get some CD’s burned for A-kon. It’s only 3 weeks away! Eek!

3) Latest Appearance Report

I had nothing! I was free! Free! Which is good since I had to contend with getting my daughter’s wedding done and dealing with foundation people putting pilons under the house, busting our pipes, and other assundry issues. Wheee!

4) Upcoming Appearances

A-kon in Dallas on May 30 to Jun 1st! Then off to Oklahoma Friday and Saturday on June 6th for Soonercon! (Sneaking back late Saturday night to make the last day of the Supernatural convention in Dallas!)

5) What’s up?

Still alive at work. We’re pretty much taking it one week at a time. Stress is still very much up there, which stinks. The wedding and having foundation work done and some bad stuff there has not helped at all. I’m going to be totally broke by the end of 2008. Luckily the wedding went off well! The kids seemed to enjoy it very much and that’s all I could as for. Don’t ever want to do it again!!! At least that’s over – huzzah!

On the reading front, finished “She” by H Rider Haggard – really had some unusual stuff about it and I enjoyed it alot. While in Oregon at Powel’s I picked up a book in Spanish called “Zorro” (it’s about Diego’s parents and then him growing up and what events led him to become the hero we all know and love). The author’s style is a little off to me, but the info and speculation is fascinating. Figured it would be a good way to get some Spanish back into my brain. I go anywhere from 99% to 90% understanding. Taking me a while too. People at work are freaking because I’ve been on the same book for over a week. lol.

I guess that’s all for this time around. Hope you all have a great month!

Gloria Oliver

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