Thursday, January 26, 2012

Conference Season

I’m still in the grip of the winter doldrums that I mentioned last week. However there is a glimmer of excitement beginning to glow. Why? Conference season is coming up! Personally, I love going to them and if I had unlimited resources, I would attend far more than I do. It’s always a hard decision to decide which ones to attend and which ones to pass by. As it stands right now, I’m booked for two—the first annual Romfest in Gatlinburg, TN and sponsored by author Trista Michaels; and the second is back to Louisville, KY for Fandom Fest.

Romfest is going to be a blast. Sherrilyn Kenyon is the keynote speaker and a special guest is forensic anthropologist, Dr. Bill Bass, founder of “The Body Farm” located at the University of Tennessee. (Note on Dr. Bass—I attended one of his presentations a few years ago and it was fascinating. He walked the crowd through two of his cases and explained how he came to his conclusions. Since “Bones” is one of my favorite shows, it was right up my alley!)

Fandom Fest was great fun last year and I expect the same this year. In addition to the literary track, they also have guests from the world of gaming, film and media, and comic books. The guest of honor this year is Bruce Campbell from “Burn Notice”. (Anyone remember “The Adventures of Brisco County Jr.”? Loved that show, too!) Since the conference covers a lot of pop culture, the attendance is huge—around 4,000 last year and I expect they’ll have more this year.

But setting aside all the razzle-dazzle, the special guests, my favorite part of these conferences is still meeting the readers and catching up with some of my author buds! It’s wonderful seeing old friends, making new friends, and just generally getting charged up about this crazy profession in which I’m involved. I always come home exhausted, but thrilled that I’ve had the opportunity to meet and know such great people.

How about you? Has anyone else started making their plans to attend conferences this year? There’s a lot of great ones out there—Malice, Bouchercon, Murder and Mayhem in Muskego, Festival of Mystery, etc.—how many are you attending?

That's all for this week--see you next Thursday!

Best,
Shirley

3 comments:

Sharon said...

hey, I left a comment here yesterday! freaking cyber monster...any way. I have a list of 16 cons I WANT to go too. 6 are probably doable since they are in my area, but they are small local type things. I want to go to one big one...looking at possibly going to one of the two you mentioned. They aren't too far from NC. If I do go I will be sure not to fangirl all over you cause that would be embarrassing

Shirley Damsgaard said...

Not to worry, Sharon!! I'd love to meet you in person!!!

Sharon said...

you say that now...I drool! okay, not really, it is more of a foaming at the mouth ;)