Going to GayRomLit in October
For those who haven’t heard of it, GayRomLit is a retreat for writers and readers of gay romance to get together, talk about books, have fun and treat fictional characters like they are friends…This year’s event will occur October 18-21, 2012 at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Last year’s retreat took place in New Orleans, and a wonderful time was apparently had by all. As a new writer at the time, I didn’t go. But hearing the stories coming back from people who did attend, I thought “Maybe someday.” I didn’t think someday would be yet. I’m horribly shy in groups, although I can fake it. And then there’s the cost of the trip, even though the registration isn’t that much, but there’s the flight and… I had all kinds of excuses.
But the death of William Neale before I had a chance to meet him was a nudge of one kind, and I met writer K-lee Klein and we talked for three hours without me saying anything too stupid (I hope.) And I got a royalty check that would cover the trip. So I went ahead and signed up.
I’m going as a reader, since author sign-ups are full. That means I’m not doing any of the Author Q&A or excerpt-readings, and I probably won’t have an official spot at the book signing (unless they decide to squeeze me in.) But that’s okay; I just want to hang out and maybe meet a few people, and listen to some of my favorite authors who will be there. You can find the current list of authors participating in some of the events on author and organizer Ethan Day’s website. I’ll be around with my nametag on if anyone does want a book signed or something. So I’m looking forward to it, wishing only slightly that I was an extrovert and did drink. But I expect I’ll find some fun regardless. Last I looked there were a handful of late-registration spots still open, if anyone else is inspired to make the trip. I look forward to seeing some of you in New Mexico. Check out the darker corners – you’ll probably find me there.