Lone Star Lesfic Festival
UPDATE! Looks like I'll be doing a reading at this event. Maybe from Galveston 1900: Swept Away, or maybe from my in-progess pirate novel, La Reina Corsaria.
I'm excited to be attending the Lone Star Lesfic Festival in Austin, Texas, on March 31, 2012. This year's event in a nutshell:
Lone Star Lesfic Festival
Location: Nature's Treasures
4103 N IH-35
Austin, Texas 78722
Saturday, March 31, 2012
11:00 A.M. - 6:00 P.M.
"This annual Festival highlights authors of lesbian fiction. Award-winning authors from Texas and other states!
Returning authors include:
Brenda Adcock, Nat Burns, CJ Harte, Erin O' Reilly, Stacia Seaman, Kelly Sinclair, Reese Szymanski, Carsen Taite, and Ali Vali.
Authors appearing at the Festival for the first time are:
Barrett, Melissa Brayton, Julie Cannon, D. Jackson Leigh, and V.K. Powell.
The program format for the 2012 Festival is designed to create opportunities for fans to interact with the authors. There will be panel discussions, readings, and question and answer sessions. The popular LesFic book raffle will be back, plus several publishers will have giveaways for fans."
Click the picture above, or the imbedded link above, for two different information pages on this event. I hope to meet some of you there! I have exactly one copy each left of The Bluest Eyes in Texas and Borderline, so I'll bring those and sell them for $25 a piece to the first purchaser.
I've had a very difficult time re-adjusting to reality after the Xena convention this year. Maybe because I was in Los Angeles longer than usual -- for a week -- and realized that despite the traffic, I really do love it there. I love the beaches and the hills and all the different kinds of trees. I like that it's sunny most of the time and the temperatures are usually comfortable. I love that most of the people I know who live there are open-minded and usually pretty interesting people to talk to. I love that many of the neighborhoods have maintained their older buildings, rather than tear them down, and each one has its own unique personality, including many charming areas that comprise the greater Los Angeles area. I love that so many people there enjoy being outdoors. But I do keep going back to those lovely beaches in my mind, most of all, as every time I go out to LA, I try to get down to the beach, even if only for an afternoon. I feel peaceful and grounded there. The ocean air and the sand between my toes clears my head in a way few other circumstances can.
Some of you know I've been doing some Awareness work over the past couple of years, and while I was in Los Angeles, I was able to spend some time with Mary Rocamora, the woman who wrote the material the work is based upon, and who led the course on her workbook, "The Ring Around the Mind," that I recently completed. I was also able to spend some time with some of the friends I've made while doing this work, sharing with each other, often on a pretty deep level. Those times with those people were food for my soul, and it felt like all the different people experiences I had during the week, with friends at the convention and friends involved in the Awareness work, were all packaged together like a gift for me - a richness in being with others in a place where we all shared some things that perhaps we don't get to share so often in our daily lives.
This convention, this past year -- there have been many points in time that felt like closure, and others that felt like I was on the cusp of a new beginning. I got a fortune in a fortune cookie this past year that said "next summer, you will dance to a different beat." Yes, yes I will. I fully believe that. I'm not sure what kind of dance I'll be doing, or what beat will be motivating that dance, but I know that I -- that all of us -- have it within our own power to make our own lives better and to take steps to fulfill our dreams.
I haven't taken a lot of time until now to reflect on the convention. It went by so fast. And considering it was labeled "The Final Journey," it was blessedly light-hearted. I don't think I could have stood it if we were all hanging around crying in sadness over the end. As I was walking into the convention hall on Sunday afternoon to go take my seat and wait for Lucy and Renee to come on stage, it hit me that this was it -- the end -- the last hurrah. I know they have announced another convention for next year, but I also know that for many of my friends (perhaps myself included), this WAS the final journey. They came, many of them for the first time in years, and they don't plan to go back again. This was the end of that road for them.
I've only missed one con since 2001 ("the big one," as we call it). Eleven Xena conventions in twelve years. I decided that this time, I was going to have the full "fan girl" experience. I haven't bought a gold ticket since that "big one" in 2001, so this time I did -- and the Lucy & Renee photo ops, the Claire meet & greet, Adrienne's party, and all the free autographs that come with that gold ticket - I wanted to do it all over again like I did in 2001, and leave remembering all the fun I had. Of course it wasn't exactly like 2001 - back then I was basically a wide-eyed kid, simply amazed at everything. This year, it was more of a quiet inner happiness.
And in many ways, it felt like the end of that road for me as well. It felt like closure. It doesn't mean I won't ever go back again, but I don't think I'll ever go back again and actually go to the convention. I may go and gather with friends outside that venue, but I think it's time for me to move on. Eleven conventions is a lot. A lot of miles behind me on this long and winding road we call the Xenaverse.
It's not that Xena will ever die in my heart. Far from it. The things I learned, the many many wonderful things I've done, and the friends I've made because of the show -- the love we all share -- I'll carry those things with me forever. I cannot imagine what my life would be like if I had not gotten hooked on that 'campy' little television show. What grew from it is so much bigger than its source, you cannot begin to understand it unless you were a part of it. And I've come to realize you really can't explain it to someone who hasn't experienced it. The Xenaverse is my huge, extended family. How do you explain that to someone outside that family? "You see, there was this show ... and there were these yahoo groups on the internet ... and we all went to this thing called Dragoncon ... " Really? You just can't - it sounds too crazy, when the truth is it's the sanest thing I've ever done, getting involved in this fandom.
But for me, it feels like it's time to spread my wings and fly a little higher. Broaden the space I've been living in. Take all of that love and wonderfulness, and take what I'm learning in the Awareness work, and step out into the world and claim the piece of it that is mine. I want more, so much more, than what I've reached so far. I want to dive deeper with my friends. I want to write to my heart's content without thought of anything but the joy that brings to me. And there are some things -- some experiences -- that I feel I've had that are somehow tied up in my destiny -- that everything that molded me is meant to be shared and used to help others out there on this journey we call life. Oh, and so, so much more in this great big world I want to see and do while I'm able to.
As I said before, I'm not sure exactly what form all of that will take yet, but I feel so much joy -- so much hope -- for all that life can be, for all of us. So I didn't cry at the end (I thought I might). I think instead -- I've taken all of it and wrapped it up in a cozy box tied up with a beautiful ribbon -- all of this that has been swirling around and through me since 1998 when I discovered this show and all that came after it -- and I won't cry. It's still mine -- the gift that keeps on giving, and always will, no matter where the road leads from here.
Peace and Light to all my "family."
I found myself nodding along to this entire thing, but I've never been to a Convention. Still, I can understnad your feelings and thoughts.
It is a unique fandom and the show has brought a wonderful bunch of people into my life. Of course, the fact that it (through many twists and turns and other wonderful moments) led us to the Awareness work, makes it even more fantastic.
And I, too, love LA. I didn't think I would... and I still haven't seen nearly enough of it, which I plan to rectify this year. And I must go to the beach! Yes!
I really need to come 'home' soon... still working on it ;)
Thank you for writing this. It touched my heart and I'm so glad you feel so much joy!
Dallas Comic Con
May 19-20, 2012
Irving Convention Center
500 W. Las Colinas Boulevard
Irving , Texas
Headliner for this convention is Patrick Stewart aka Captain Jean-Luc Picard on Star Trek: The Next Generation! Also two of my childhood idols, Adam West and Burt Ward, who played Batman and Robin on the original television series.
My First Blogpost - Upcoming Appearance
Official Xena: Warrior Princess Convention: The Final Journey
January 27-29, 2012
The Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel 2500 Hollywood Way
Burbank, CA 91505
This coming January is the final official Xena convention in Los Angeles, California. I've been to every con since 2001 except the 2002 one. I'm sad this is the final convention, but in a way it feels complete. I'm going to miss seeing friends most of all, as there are many folks I only see once a year at this convention. Come on out and join us for this bittersweet final family reunion.
Here's the blurb from the Creation Entertainment website:
"It has truly been a life changing experience for us to be involved with the amazing cast and crew of a television series that has meant so much to us all, and in reality, changed the face of TV itself. Through this joyous experience we came to know and love Lucy, Renee and Rob and all their co-stars and production team. There has never been a more supportive group nor one that has cared so deeply about their fans. They never let us down and it has been an honor to produce all of The Official XENA Conventions and merchandise all these years. And we thank Lucy, Rob and Renee for always stretching beyond what used to pass for convention appearances by doing plays, appearing in costumes, surprising the audience, signing and dancing in concert, and so much more. They raised the bar for EVERY other convention celebrity from that point forward and for this and so much more they will remain vital and dear friends to all of us at Creation and throughout the fan universe.
'As with all good things the time comes to raise a glass one last time and say goodbye with love and a heartfelt and tearful thank you. The 2012 convention, the final journey, brings us full circle to our return to our original Xena Convention venue, the Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel and we promise one last rocking good time for all!"