This year, I decided to make the most of it with not only two readings, but volunteering my time at the Queer Sci-Fi table as well. On top of that, I enlisted the aid of my superfan turned BFF turned baby sister from another mister, Mae as my official cosplayer/booth babe. But really she was my tiny cruise director keeping me from losing my mind.
Once again, my Mom came along this year. While she didn’t make much of an appearance on the con floor due to feeling a little under the weather, many folks asked about her. So, thanks to those who remembered my crazy, sassy Mom!
Also this year I was given gifts! HOMG! I was gifted with a lovely journal from Juli-Anna Dobson, and Bru Baker gifted me with my much delayed birthday and Christmas gifts of Reaper Bunny and gasp! A Princess Aurora Funko! I have emotions about Aurora. Emotions!
The second reading was from my soon-to-be released contemporary The Unlikely Prospect coming this December. The story is featured in the Dreamspinner Press States of Love line and takes place in my home state of Maine and is about a closeted gay lobsterman falling for an out and proud first grade teacher from LA. I had…. no idea how it would go over. And I was in a reading group with KC Wells and Hank Edwards so no pressure you know. Everyone was cackling so damned much at the funny bits I started giggling too and tripping over myself. I got through it! And I was pretty pleased with how it went over.
I did something a little different with my swag this year and gave away prints I had illustrated. So for those of you who took prints, here they are! And those of you who asked for commissions, read on down below!
Screw-Up Princess and Skillful Huntsman Prints
It’s GRL! And everyone needs a little naughty. Naughty Muiris hits the spot. They are that couple ifyouknowwhatImean, and thanks to everyone who listened to me babble about their illicit affair and fanned themselves about stories of Muir’s preference to bite instead of kiss. (Can I get a HELL YEAH?)
Odds and Ends Prints: Sloane Brodie of THIRDS and Hannigram of Hannibal
About Those Commission Requests!
In case you didn’t notice, I had quite a bit of my art floating around GRL. I had done a couple pieces for C.S. Poe as well as Felice Stevens. C.S. was a beautiful print of the Mystery of Nevermore cast. Felice had trading cards of her Breakfast Club boys. I’m very pleased with how they turned out!
I’ve had at least five people ask me if I did covers. I mentioned I didn’t at the time but I’m looking into it. I’m currently working on an Audible cover for one client, and I am experienced in print formatting for front and back copy. I’ve just never had the opportunity as of yet. But if you are interested, you can check out my samples and more over here on my Commissions Page!
Now For The Group Hug!
I want to thank everyone for making this GRL one of the most memorable. And also for coming up to me when most didn’t have the foggiest of who I was. Thank you for adding me to your TBRs and thank you for taking keen interest in that I draw stuff!
Many thanks to C.S. Poe for her special brand of pep talks when it’s the most encouraging kick to the teeth you’ll ever get. Felice Stevens for her sass and zero fucks given. To Tali Spencer and M.A. Church for inspiring me to want to grow up and be you guys. KC Wells and Hank Edwards whom I had only interacted with for three seconds before on the internet and for the awesome synergy our reading session had. Hank especially for Abigail Barcelona! To Rory Ni Coiliean, for her awesome song and Neil Plakcy for being an all around nice guy. To Jordan L. Hawk for taking the time to chat. To Elisa Rolle for several thought provoking conversations (and I didn’t faint in awe!) To Crissy Morris, Queen of the Precious Snowflakes. GURL YOU NEARLY MADE ME CRY! To Juli-Anna Dobson for being the best. To Christina Siefkas Johnson for putting up with Mom’s hijinks. Welcome to the insanity! 😉
For Mom for putting up with all this insanity. No Mom! We have to be somewhere! Stop hunting Pokies!
And to the Tiny Girl Child Mae, to many more trips to see the world! (I’ll bring the car seat! ;D)