... except, what I'm working on right now is super-duper sekrit.
... and even Snerldt.
So how about instead, I give you some recaps on the over the top awesome that was this year's GRL?
Okay, my lovelies, hold onto your favorite boy-toy *no, no, NOT Jared Rackler, though I can clearly see why he might be chosen--waggles eyebrows*
Oh, hell, wait a second. Perhaps we should just have Jaredpalooza? Yeah, I can get down with that. Because see, while yes, my buddy Jared is a beauty, there is way more to him than meets the eye.
Jared, the silly otter, will tell you he's shallow. I'm sorry dears, but I gotta blow that nonsense right out of the water. The boy is smart, talented, gorgeous and best of all? He has a beautiful soul. *sorry, Jared baby, I had to say it.*
Time for another gratuitous pic of beauty?
Eh, hold it down in front. I've got a good one! Yes, yes, The Dynamic Duo, Jared and Devon, bringing beauty of face, form and spirit to the sumptuous Dreamspinner "wear your nice clothes" shindig.
Are you starting to get my off-beat point here? Besides Jared being a cutie of the first water, GRL was--indeed has been from the very first event in New Orleans-- an amazing,exhilarating, nearly week-long endurance event that rivals the Iron-Man thingy for stamina required, a summer full of Deep South tent revivals for feeding your soul, working a soup kitchen in the poorest place you've ever set foot in for making you feel good about yourself, and a family reunion full of family you actually like and want to see for a splash of "Hey, these are my people!"
But it's even better than all that. Because the sum of Jaredpalooza and GRL is greater than it's parts.
Yes, it's an endurance race. Yes, many *sniffle, hack, glurmpf* many of us come home with various forms of Con-Crud. But oh my word, do we ever come home empty? I know that I don't. Especially not this year.
Because this year the organizers started something new, with the assistance of the Rainbow Romance Writers. They started a Writer's Workshop that happened the day before the GRL Retreat began. I was hoping to come away from the workshop with a few new techniques. Instead I came away with a whole new worldview. I took two classes. The first was with: Funny Man and Physical Comedy Gal, better known as Zam Maxfield and Ethan Day. They totally rocked the house with their class on writing Rom-Com! I learned, I laughed, I conquered. *oh, hell... that's the wrong tag-line again, isn't it?*
Then I gibbered about what to do. Fortunately for me, Damon Suede was on hand to give me a little guidance. In deep, rolling tones he pronounced, "Git yur silly ass over to the agent thing with Saritza. You couldn't pay for this anywhere else. Well, *pause while his totally real and also completely affected Texas Twang reasserts itself* yep, you could. But it would cost a mite."
No, those weren't Damon's actual words. The accent was his. He took it out of his back pocket and put it on very prettily. No, really.
Like any smart girlie would, I scampered right over to the Agent Saritza class... and was promptly impressed.
I signed up to meet with her later. I signed up to pitch books to various publishing houses, starting with Riptide, because Rachel Haimowitz scares the bejayzus out of me (as a person to pitch to) and I figured if I started with her I'd be able to get through everyone else easily afterward. I was right. The afternoon passed in a whirl of pitches made and accepted and by the end I'd promised to produce 5 new series this year.
*pausing to kick self in arse, and then to high-five the mirror*
Even if I'd left after the first day the gain for me in connections, experience, and possibilities would have be well worth the cost of going.
There was another class that afternoon, Amy Lane's course on characterization--taken after the pitches had melted my brains out of my ears--and this one combined in my head and heart with the Rom-Com class Ethan and Zam had given to unstick a story that's been languishing in the back of my brain for nearly three years.
And that? Was just the beginning. Stay tuned. I'll be back tomorrow to let you in on more of my GRL highlights tomorrow.
Hello my beautiful babies! Sorry it's been so long since we chatted. I'm afraid I got caught up with school and the life of being mom to a precocious teen. Hee hee, make of that what you will! Sooooooooooo.... did you note the new addition to the blog?
I know it's likely old news to some of you but I'm still giddy over this... and I didn't make an annoucement here before. Cast your lovely peepers to the right and gaze on the awesome new badge over there. Yeah, yeah... it's the same as the one right at the top of this post! Squeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!
Yes! It's true! I, little ole me, made it to the esteemed Rainbow Awards finals! I am up there with the likes of Z.A.Maxfield, Amy Lane, and a number of other amazing writers. *pauses to shiver* It's nearly surreal for me.
The book that got me there is my little story set in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, which is where I grew up. The story was written around the idea of the Mixed Tape, a popular trend in the 80's... you liked a gal or a guy but were too shy to tell them so. Instead you made a cassette tape with songs which expressed your feelings. *today's version is the iPod playlist* So I centered my story around Cyndi Lauper's Time After Time (though that title had already been taken by the talented J.P. Bowie... and it's a damn good story, read it asap if you haven't already)... well, I included other songs, and I'll share them with you over the coming couple of weeks... but today's is the song that started it all.
And of course, as important as the inspiration is the work of the Editorial Goddess, Kris Jacen, who inspired me to make the story the best it could be. I lurve her more than chocolate.
Toodles for now, but don't worry. I'll be back tomorrow with video of the Author Reading at GRL. That will kick off a week of memories and shenanigans centered around the insane, sublime silliness that is GayRomLit. Get your hip-waders out and get ready, the bs and good times will be coming at you fast and furious. Heh.
Just a quick post to say that after some hiccups (and FINALLY meeting at GRL in Atlanta last weekend), Cherie and I have managed to mostly iron out a few things and we're working on getting the website back up and functional! Cherie has promised me a blog post about GRL (and I'm toying with the idea of doing one from my perspective, too), there *may* (*fingers crossed*) be a video of Cherie's reading, and we're going to do a bit of a site overhaul! So keep your eyes open for all the goodies! (One of the changes will be a page dedicated to me meandering about all the randomness that happens in my life, so keep an eye on that once it happens if you want to have a laugh at me!)