Thursday, July 8, 2010

Sirens Squee...

So I just booked my reservations at the Vail Cascade Resort in Vail CO for the Sirens conference Oct 7-10. SQUEEE! For those of you who haven't heard of Sirens, it's a conference based around powerful women in literature, both characters and authors. Last year was their inaugural year, and it was the first conference I'd ever gone to. I wrote a post about it after I signed up, which was a pretty amusing and accurate post. Actually, it's still pretty accurate, but now I'm a wolf that's very happy to be headed to the mall!

This is a picture taken out front at the Vail Cascade.

I had so much fun at Sirens last year that I registered for THIS year's conference LAST November. It was that much fun. Seriously. I got to eat dinner with Sherwood Smith (we even split a beer!)

Getting our funky on with Sherwood at the Ball

I got to dance with Kristin Cashore, I got to hang out with Tamora Pierce and I had a blast EVERY DAY with the Sirens staff who are knowledgeable, friendly, fun to be around and always willing to help out!
Seriously, I think the conference gods were looking out for me when they threw that little tidbit my way. Which actually, I owe a big shout out to Kristin Cashore for that because she wrote about being a guest of honor at Sirens on her blog and I read about it there.

Here she is during her Keynote Presentation showing off her totally LOVELY new twin nieces!

So, if you haven't planned vacation yet, I HIGHLY recommend you turn your eyes west and head into the Colorado mountains for a rip-snorting good time! And in case there are men out there reading this, never fear, men are totally welcome too. I think we had one brave fellow last year...

Tammy Pierce hugging my beloved boy, Scrump. She understands that even Zombie babies need love!

This years feature is faeries. I'm totally stoked over it. And I know that along with Holly Black, Terri Windling, and Marie Brennan, who are the guests of honor, the fabulous Malinda Lo, author of Ash, will be going as well.

Anyway, I'm off to work on Evernow... rearranging a few things despite that one agent has a full at the moment. I queried another agent who remarked on 'info dumps' at the beginning, or really anywhere in a book, and I know I've got a little of that disease, so I'm going in with the scalpel for a little nip-tuck. Then hopefully I'll get to work on AGMG. I'm only a couple of chapters out from the end of the first draft!!!