In three short days I will attend my very first Gold Crown Literary Society Conference and that makes me a GLCS Con Virgin. It’s been a very long time since I could legitimately refer to myself as a virgin. I am fifty five years old so that other ship sailed quite a long time ago. Don’t I look innocent before I lost my virginity…..
I decided to attend the Con Virgin Meet and Greet. Holy shit that is scary to me. Since I’m painfully shy, I’ve been assured that people will drag me from the wall where I will undoubtedly seek protection. I will try very hard to go outside of my comfort zone to meet as many people as possible-because after all this is the perfect venue to meet all my favorite authors. They will probably be especially nice to the virgins and I’ll never be a virgin again after this year. Will it change me like when I lost my virginity to my first woman? Probably…
I’ve heard there will be special swag give aways for the virgins and I can’t help but compare that to the roses and dinners of my first dates when I was another kind of virgin. Will I be expected to put out and what kind of putting out is expected. Just kidding.
I really admire the other virgins who have signed up for readings and panels, but I am way too overwhelmed to do that for my first GCLS conference. Maybe next year when I’m no longer a virgin I’ll have the nerve.
There are so many firsts this year for me. First book ever published. First GCLS conference. First author’s page on Facebook. First tweet. First Facebook correspondence with iconic authors I’ve been reading for over a decade. I plan on taking a ton of selfie pictures with all my favorite authors and other authors I’ve met along the way on my journey this past year. This is HUGE for me because I’ve never taken a selfie before. I promised I would post these on Facebook and I never break a promise.
I’m downright giddy with all my firsts. It reminds me of the first time with a woman. I get that tingly feeling inside just thinking about my first Lesbian Writer’s conference. It may very well be as good as sex….
I am also extremely excited to meet the Affinity clan, especially my mentor extraordinaire and one of my all time favorite authors, Erin O’Reilly, but I also am excited to meet the other authors who have been so supportive, like Jen, Renee, Ali, Lacey, Erica and TJ. Of course I am also excited to meet JM Dragon, another favorite author from Affinity and Nancy, the cover queen.
After this year I can no longer claim innocence and virginity, and that means that this conference will remain special in my mind as the very first and we never forget our first. That is a theme is my debut book and I hope more people will check it out. See you all there in NOLA!
In case anyone is interested…here is a link to the first chapter of my new book, Asset Management: First Chapter of Asset Management, which comes out in August. My first novel, Love Forever, Live Forever, is already available in both e-book and print format. Links below will get you to all the places you can purchase my book. Thanks for supporting and can’t wait to meet everyone in three short days!!