Three weeks until my first GRL conference. Three weeks!!! I swore I was going to lose forty pounds so that I could slut it up at the time-period gala. Well, I might as well have added grow six inches to reach six foot tall and get a tan to that to-do list. Both of those things were about as likely to happen as the weight loss. But, let me tell you, the huge plate of chicken cannelloni from Maggiano’s I had at dinner tonight was delicious! And I didn’t think about the forty pounds I’d wanted to lose once in the middle of all that cream and cheese.
I might not have met my physical goals for my virgin voyage into GRL, but I met all of my other ones! I’ve been welcomed with open arms by fellow authors and MM readers alike. I’ve said it before, and I’m sure I’ll say it a million more times. I have never met such a loving, supportive, and uplifting group! Every author I’ve encountered has had the philosophy of ‘If-you-succeed-I-succeed.’ How wonderfully rare that is! I have friends who I’ve only met on facebook that I get to see face-to-face in a few short days!
I have two books coming out between now and GRL. I was invited to move up to a featured author spot, and since I’m a GRL newbie, I still don’t really understand what that means, but I’m about to find out. I set out with low expectations to find an artist I could talk into doing some GRL swag for me, and I somehow landed in the lap of the illustrious Catherine Dair, an amazing artist who quickly became a friend! And wait until you see all she has done! I’ve had my nerves spike about being around so many people all at once so many times (I don’t love crowds) that I might have reached a state of euphoria where I’m miraculously excited to be around ‘like’ people!
I will admit, seeing the GRL schedule this week was a bit terrifying! There is so much happening. So much to do. So much to choose from. But a wonderful dilemma to have when there’s not a bad choice to be made!
In considering what to write for this GRL blog, I’ve been all over the map. And, while I may not have landed on the most sellable topic, I just wanted to express how excited I am to be with you all there and how very grateful I am to have been welcomed into such a lovely family! I cannot wait to embark on this wonderful Chicago journey with you!
As a reminder, this Wednesday, the 24th Authors Gone Wild is being released. It is an anthology of erotic stories set at a gay writing convention that five of us schemed up to help celebrate GRL. And, on the 29th, my contemporary novel, Then the Stars Fall, will enter the world. You can expect a couple of cute corgis on some swag in honor of that particular release.
Can’t wait to meet all of you in a few short weeks! And between now and then, I’ll pretend to be losing weight while eating lots of Ben & Jerry’s. I won’t tell if you won’t. Or, better yet, join me in a pint of cookie dough when we see each other!