Friday, May 31, 2013

The Trip Home

I returned back to my home state of North Dakota earlier this month to visit family and friends. We moved to San Diego over a year ago--- our first year away from "home".

I didn't know what to expect on this trip. Regrets? Guilt? Happiness? Unwanted stress? What I found was something unexpected. It was a sense of calm I never experienced before. As I boarded the plane on the way back, I realized San Diego is where I belong. It reminded me a bit of when I wrote the last scene for KIN. I knew the story was there. What I need to do now is strengthen the groundwork I laid out for the story. In the past year, I feel like I've done the same thing for myself.

I'm only getting started on the path I've chosen. One of the reasons why I wanted to move was because I was determined to grow more as a writer and as a person. I knew I couldn't do what I wanted where I was living. There were no visiting authors, writing jobs, and the closest writing community was in four hours away in Minneapolis. A few years ago, Joey and I created a list of all the things we wanted to do. It's when we realized that we did pretty much everything on that very list that we needed to move.
A homemade Tardis and working Dalek at CoreCon. Joey and I with our friend Sulu. 
One of the things on our list was CoreCon. We returned to Fargo during the fifth year of convention. Joey and I worked for four years with a very talented group of people to put on one weekend a year of fun with fellow geeks. We went back to see our many friends and to experience it as con-goers. During CoreCon's first year, there were 150 people who attended. It now has reached over 700 attendees and overwhelmed me with the love from its fans. I hold a lot of pride for this little con and the people who put it on. It's one of the few things (besides the people) that I wish I could have packed in my suitcase. However, it's nice to also know that we have something to bring us back to our roots. The party rooms with different themes from Star Trek to Mystery Science Theater 3000, a working Dalek costume and homemade Tardis, and the Rock Band contest were my favorite highlights from this year.

Joey created the Rock Band Contest and the people who run the e-gaming room play as an exhibition band. Every year, my husband decides to do something fun. This year he Rick-rolled the crowd, and then they played their actual song with something else in mind. He's the hot guy in the front playing guitar. 

I'm really looking forward to the second half of 2013. My goal is continue revision until I know my manuscript is ready for submission. I'll be working on my query letter and cleaning up my synopsis. I've started a spreadsheet of agents. Things are started to move along in ways I almost didn't imagine possible. I'm very thankful to have the time to do the work of my heart.

Look for weekly updates of my progress in June.

Natasha