I forgot to mention that I had my one-on-one with Chip Delany on Tuesday. He wanted to know a bit about my background, where I thought I'd be in ten years, writing-wise ("er, naked and bleeding in the gutter with an empty whiskey bottle and a half-written novel clutched in my broken hands? idunno."), and if I had any questions for him. We talked a bit about writing erotica, and about my problem with what has been called "tricking the reader" or "unethical writing" on my part - because I often place important character information at the end of the story, instead of presenting it up front. I don't deliberately set out to trick anyone, but I do need to better understand that at my writing level (which is low), withholding information isn't clever, it's just me trying to be the smartypants author. And I don't have the genius necessary to pull smartypants off. [Insert stripping joke here.]
Must. Read. Stories. Must. Drink. Coffee. Must. Stop. Panicking.