I must recover from this convention, and since a picture is worth 1,000 words, then this will make up for all the words I won’t type.

Carla Speed McNeil gets the respect she is due from Jeff Smith:

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More Jeff.

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Jim Ottaviani.

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Bone love.

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Great fans, great show. Absolutely lovely time. Yeah, got convention crud, but not until the end, so I was only grumpy the last day. Hah!

The best part of the show for me was getting to go over my new prose novel with Jeff Smith. Got a better reaction to the outline that I dared dream. Very inspiring. I daydreamed about my book all the way up to the show and all the way back. Firing on all cylinders.

But Jeff urged me to get A Distant Soil done as soon as possible. The challenge? Shave my head and keep it shaved until the book is finished.

Whew. I may have to come up with some other sacrifice. May I crop it boyishly short instead? Live with my natural color for awhile?

No, I did no commissions, so nothing to show. I inked my new GN project the whole time. My editors would be pleased.