I am nearing the end of my sabbatical/parental leave and am working on getting on all the writing conference prep for my final time-off hurrah: Sirens Conference.
Sirens is where my writing heart lives most of the year. I’m looking forward to seeing good friends who I’ve known for up to 9 years now of attending this conference (NINE YEARS?!) and meeting new and wonderful people (Attendance is up over 70% on last year! For a little con, that’s a lot!).
This year, I am attending the Sirens Studio component: a two day pre-Sirens event with three programming streams:
- writing intensives,
- career intensives, and
- reading intensives.
I am at a point in my life where all these things are pivoting for me: I am focusing on writing more, I am actively reading more, and am seeing some changes in my work-life (hello, sabbatical, among other things). I am really looking forward to attending and centering myself before I head back to the bookstore and drown in Winter 2018 lists.
In addition to this, there is the chaos of packing. And when doing conference prep for writing conferences, it’s a little more than clothes and toiletries. It’s:
- Business cards
- Postcards and other writing promotional pieces
- Thank you cards (especially last year when I received so many wonderful baby gifts)
- Autograph book
- LIMITED BOOKS FOR READING (because you will be buying all you need and more for the next year from the bookstore and the auction)
- Money to buy said books
- Auction donations
- List of talking points and questions for the roundtable that was accepted into programming
- Swimsuit (yo, there are FIVE hot tubs).
- A good signing pen
Why a good signing pen? Because we have done it again. Introducing, Witches and Warriors: a Sirens benefit Anthology.
I am honoured to have been able to continue this initiative I co-created. I contributed a story again this year and did the ebook formatting. I loved working with all these wonderful people and look forward to giving some (or all?) of them hugs next week at Sirens!
All proceeds from the book go to Sirens Conference.