Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Reading Update and Dragon Con

Dragon Con was great. With attendance capped at around 40K, it was definitely noticed. I could walk through the hotels in a reasonable amount of time (especially after a panel). And everyone wore masks!

Now, not ALL of the rooms had spread out the chairs, but a lot of them did. And of course, we were close standing in line before a panel (there really was no way around that). But overall, I felt pretty safe. Everyone was just so happy that Dragon Con was a go, I don’t think anyone really griped about wearing masks. It was wonderful.

Heck, at the food court in the Peachtree Center Mall, the owner of one of the restaurants came out and hugged everyone in line thanking them for coming. I’m sure all the businesses in the area appreciated whatever kind of attendance came.

I spent most of my time in the writers’ track, hoping to generate some motivation in my writing. I think it actually helped. Monday night/Tuesday morning, as I was trying to sleep with all the snoring going on, I realized that I needed (NEEDED) to write the murder scene of Ghostly Protector (the murder has already happened when the book starts). I’ve never written it as a scene, only mention bits and pieces during the story (and not all the bits and pieces since I’m never in the head of the “person” who witnessed the whole thing), so I kind of went over it in my head and plan on getting it written today. I need it written down (especially now that I know who the murderer is and other details—details I didn’t have when I wrote the first draft) so I don’t screw up the book more than it’s already screwed up. This will NOT go into the book. It’s purely for ME! And I’m excited about writing it, too. I really think this is what I need to get the book finished.

Here’s what I read since my last update:

Book 45

Dates read: August 29-September 7, 2021
Title: Ghost Night
Year of publication: 2010
Author: Heather Graham
Genre: Paranormal Romantic Suspense
Series: The Bone Island Trilogy #2
# of Pages: 371
Paper or plastic: Mass market paperback
How obtained: Purchased
Blurb from book: A slasher movie turns real when two young actors are brutally murdered on a remote island film set. Their severed heads and arms are posed in macabre homage to a nineteenth-century pirate massacre.
    Two years later, survivor Vanessa Loren is drawn back to South Bimini by a documentary being made about the storied region. Filmmaker Sean O’Hara aches to see how the unsolved crime haunts her…and Seans knows more than a little about ghosts.
    Lured by visions of a spectral figurehead, Vanessa discovers authentic pirate treasures that only deepen the mystery. Are the murders the work of modern-day marauders, the Bermuda Triangle, or a deadly paranormal echo of the island’s violent history? As Vanessa and Sean grow closer, the killer prepares to resume the slaughter…unless the dead can intervene.
My thoughts: I love the ghosts in this series. Especially Bartholomew.

While I loved being at Dragon Con, I’m really happy to be back home and sleeping in my own bed. It’s so much quieter!

Happy Reading!



Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Sometimes we need to see a scene just for ourselves.
Glad you had fun at Dragon Con. Think I'm avoiding any crowds for a while though since it's both sides spreading it and fast.

Stacy McKitrick said...

Alex - I feel that if I can survive the crowds at Dragon Con, I can definitely survive a cruise. So I'm hoping especially hard that I survived Dragon Con without getting sick. So good!