So, leaving for Seattle at asscrack a.m..  If anybody wonders why I leave so early, it’s so Mate can get back to the house in time to take the kids to school.

Poor Mate!

So I know I’ve said some things about this on social media but I’m not sure if I said it on the blog–but I’m going to the Emerald City Writer’s Conference this year.

Excited?  Hell yes!

Karen Rose, Asa Maria Bradley, Darynda Jones and Cherry Adair are going to be there–just to name a few, and WHEEE!!!!

I’m also going to be presenting there–a class about archetypes and a class about setting, and am I nervous?

OH my God, I’m nervous.

The one thing that might keep me from jumping out of my skin is that I ran the setting presentation by ZoomBoy and the archetype presentation by Squish this weekend while I was updating my slides and adding stuff.

They both had some awesome stuff to contribute– ZoomBoy did one of my setting assignments and I added his input to a slide, and Squish?  Well, Squish did the most amazing thing.

See, I originally put the presentation together for the Dreamspinner Press workshop–almost entirely m/m authors, and while I had some remarks ready about female heroes versus male heroes, I didn’t have anything in the slide show, because… well. Because it’s all about the guys in m/m. That’s, uh, why it’s m/m. But I did have some stuff to say about the girls, and it was pretty important, especially considering I like to write female characters as equals.

So I was giving Squish the presentation with every intention of visiting female archetypes at the end, when she interrupted.

“Epic heroes? Mom, where’s the girl epic heroes?”

And she had such a classic Squishy expression on her face–I had to use it.

So I made it a running gag through the presentation. Every now and then, in the places where I’m most tempted to get long winded, I’ve got a picture of Squish, with her “bullshit line” firmly established between her eyes, reminding me “Mom–female heroes! Get to the point and represent!”

I hope the audience enjoys her as much as I did.

So if I disappear for a bit, that’s where I’ll be (although I almost always manage one or two posts while I’m gone!)

And if you’re in the Seattle area–remember, the reader event which is FREE at the Bellevue Westin. I”ll be there along with some other AMAZING authors, and we’re going to have a fun time!

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