“The time has come,” the Walrus said,
“To talk of many things:
Of shoes–and ships–and sealing-wax–
Of cabbages–and kings–
And why the sea is boiling hot–
And whether pigs have wings.”
(from The Walrus and The Carpenter in Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There, 1972)
I’m sure over the next week many things will be talked about at the GCLS Conference in Chicago—possibly not any of the above.
Once upon a time I memorised all the verses of The Walrus and The Carpenter, as well as The Hunting of the Snark. That’s the kind of thing some of us did in the days before our time was taken up playing online games and checking social media alerts.
Anyway, I’m not planning on reciting what little I can remember from either of those two excellent works by Lewis Carroll.
However my schedule does include the following:
Tuesday evening: unpacking boxes with a team of volunteers
Wednesday morning: laying claim to Affinity Rainbow Publications vendor table and generally helping out where I can
Wednesday afternoon: taking part in the Open Mic session where I plan to read from my short story, Con Virgin Convert – which is one of the stories included in the Conference Call anthology edited by Ann Roberts, which will be on sale at the conference – and can now be pre-ordered from Bella Books (available shortly after the conference ends).
Thursday morning: early doors – 8:30 panel session – Across the Genres, Why I Write What I Write. Our moderator is MJ Lowe and the other panellists are Erica Abbott, Donna K Ford, Catherine Friend, and Bonnie James.
Friday morning: 9:50 Author Spotlight with moderator, Suzie Carr. The other readers are Ann Aptaker, Stefani Deoul, Cheryl A Head, Micheala Lynn, Michelle Reynolds, Kenna White, and Barbara Ann Wright. I will be reading from my latest novel, Running From Love.
Then there is the author signing session, also on Friday from 5:30 to 6:30.
So, it’s looking pretty busy. In between times, I will either be at the Affinity vendor table, or attending other sessions. Then there’s all the excitement surrounding the Awards Ceremony on Saturday evening.
Please do drop by the Affinity table, always good fun and this year Annette Mori, Renee MacKenzie, Ali Spooner and myself are joined by Affinity author and editor, Angela Koenig.
Sunday will roll around all too soon and I will be saying goodbye to old friends and new.
The Starling Hill Trilogy: