Hello! I made it to GayRomLit in Chicago and settled in. I have to admit, travelling alone isn’t so bad. No one to worry about, no one to consult with… I could get used to this! (don’t tell my family)
The hotel is super cute, like a giant honeycomb. Everything (and I mean everything) is hexagonal. It’s really pretty, and the long winding corridors mean I’ll get plenty of exercise walking around here!
Yesterday was the writer’s workshop. I attended a few of the events, but I was kind of in and out, I arrived late and was distracted with checking into my room and settling in. At night I was feeling pretty shy, and it took me a while to get the nerve to go down to the lobby. I lurked there sucking down rum & cokes until someone (a super nice reader named Nikki) came over and started talking to me. After that I was better, and I had fun talking to a few people in the lobby. I even got a picture with Edmond Manning!
Today the conference really begins, and I signed up to help at the registration desk for a while, so I hope that I can meet some people there and that way I won’t be so nervous later tonight.
Main takeaways from day 1:
- I need to be more brave. People are nice (or at least tolerant) and I should approach them.
- The swag here is amazing. Seriously. I need to up my swag game!
- Travelling alone is awesome.
I will update again tomorrow morning! ❤