Mad juggling of time and resources, mostly.
The weekend before last was Marscon, which is one of my favorite smaller cons. This year was a tad rocky. They were in a new (to them) hotel that was under construction in section and woefully unprepared for the number of attendees, resulting in weird room snafus and parking problems. Their were additional issues at the hotel restaurant (dinner the first night did not go well - problems with the bill, massive waits, etc.) but they got better as the weekend went on (a lovely improvement from the Crowne Plaza, which tended to start out bad and get worse). I gather there were some additional problems with con security (this is second hand) and there were definite layout issues: rooms were not accessible, or even usable in all cases, etc. (first hand experience - Kruschenko's was a nightmare for panels). Add to that my lingering migraine and it was a rough run. I did get to be on several fun panels and our reading went well, plus I got some time with friends, so not a complete bust by any means. Here's hoping the issues get resolved for next year, though.
Writing: I'm trying to get multiple stories out the door for April deadlines before I head to New Orleans for Saints and Sinners so I'm typing my fingers to the bone, figuratively speaking. So far, this has yielded one new Emily story (subbed), one new Catherine story for a Jack the Ripper anthology (draft complete yesterday, need to revise), one more Emily story (currently in revisions, rewrite of story that has not found home yet) and a start on 3 more Catherine stories (only one of whih is due 4/1/15 so those have a bit more time to develop). Also, made tentative editorial arrangements for Emily erotic sf novel, so now I need to finish my current round of revisions on that. Talked to an editor about the werewolf book and got a "can't right now." I'm looking to get a final polish edit on Silver Moon before I look at reissuing it and hope to use the same editor for Blood Moon when it finally gets done.
Day job: nice financial news, crappy colleague stuff, future uncertain, ask again later.
Mom update: no current crisis, just gradual deterioration. She liked the Hapsburg Show at the MIA this weekend, so huzzah for that. Me - still wrangling financial stuff.
Proposed giant new project: okay, so I'm looking at starting my own press, as some of you already know. It will be called Queen of Swords Press and I will focus, at least for starters, on science fiction and fantasy with historical elements - steampunk, alternate history, etc., and on fantasy with diverse protagonists and authors (TBD). After that, we'll see. Some things have happened that may potentially accelerate the process. Currently, setting up meetings and following up on last week's meetings, working on business plan, etc. More news soon, I hope.
Next up: updates to the Older Women in SFF list.