I just got back from World Fantasy Con in San Antonio, where I had a great time. Unlike my trip to the Nebula Awards in Pittsburgh, James didn't come with us. So Stella and I had to fly solo. Also this time, I couldn’t rely on James to win over everyone so I didn't have to. This time I had to smile big and laugh big to charm everyone, not let him do it for me.
But I did it! And it was fun! It's all Stella's doing! Yay Stella!
I talked to so many people; I did so many new things. I did not hang back in the back and let the conversation happen around me. I did not stand on the periphery and wait for people to talk to me. Guys, I went out to lunch with strangers to a totally new restaurant and ate food I had never even heard of before.
This is huge. Four months ago, I couldn't go out to eat with strangers. And if it was a new restaurant, I had to see the menu a week in advance so I could choose two menu items. One first choice, and one backup--in case they were out of my first choice. But I totally nailed this lunch! I didn't even panic once!
This makes me feel better about future trips and future Cons. I am not so afraid anymore about meeting new people because I didn't die in a puddle of my own embarrassment in Texas. I didn't even make a fool of myself in front of anyone famous, or any of my friends. It was a total win. (And I know this cause I haven't had a single anxiety dream since I got back.)
But what future trips? What future cons you say?! Why don't I tell you about them! Yep. It's another post of news and updates where I tell you what I'll be up to in the next six months so you can track with me.
I’ll be at ConFusion in January. I’ll be going with my friend and awesome writer Sarah Hans. I have never been to ConFusion before, but I've heard such great things about it, I gotta go. So this year's the year. Sarah and I will be there January 19th-21st. If you’re going, I’ll be the tall redhead with the black service dog. Say hello!
In April, I’ll be at the Futurescapes Workshop in Utah. I got in last month and I’m super excited to meet people and level up my writing on the novel I started in May. I’ll be at there from April 16th-18th (subject to change based on flights). If you’re going, follow me on Twitter (@jskurella) so we can connect.
And then James and I are going to the SFWA Nebula Conference again! I can't wait for this. We had a great time last year and are looking forward to a repeat in 2018. We’re getting there earlier and staying later, partly so we can see more Pittsburgh friends, but also so we can spend more time with our writer friends. We’ll be there from May 17th-May 21st.
Also, in publication news! My love story novelette about swamp fairies and wish magic will be coming out in May or June of 2018. Keep an eye out for it in Beneath Ceaseless Skies. (It's called Three Dandelion Stars.) I love working with Scott at Beneath Ceaseless Skies and I am very proud of this project and the work Scott and I did on it to make it perfect for his magazine.
I hope you’re all doing well and having a great mid-autumn.
Thanks for reading,