It's vacation time again. Yes, that time when I get away from Las Vegas and pretend I don't work at a casino! And where am I going, you might ask? I'm heading to a book conference. But not just any book conference, a book conference full of women! Hooray, you might say? We'll see, won't we?
It's for romance readers and writers. For the most part, who reads and writes romance? Women. So where to I fit in with all of this? Well, I did write two romance books and am kind of in the middle of a third. And I've written a couple of "erotic" stories that I'm almost afraid to submit to some of these online publishers. What happens if they love them and want to publish them? *chuckle* Oh no, I might be a writer! And a writer women might actually want to read? Oh no, call the authorities!
After my first book was finished, I took a celebratory trip to Disneyland with a friend of mine, and a few kids. I had a shirt made with the book cover and back on it. (Yes, I'll be wearing the shirt to this conference even though the book isn't a romance!) It happened that we somehow scheduled our trip during "Gay Days." My friend asked me if I really wanted to wear the shirt. "What if one of the gay people decides they like the book?" he asked me. I was shocked that he was so homophobic that he didn't seem to want gay people to buy my book. I told him that gay people have credit cards, too. And if they want to buy the book and have wild, gay, sex on it, I didn't care. As long as they bought the book! I put it up for sale to be bought!
So what was I talking about? Oh yeah, a conference full of women. So what will these women think of me? Will they think I'm just someone's husband who's there wandering around? Will they accept me? I've met a couple of the women online, so they might be nice to me. I wonder if I'll be an outcast, though? "What if that man likes my book?" Who cares, as long as I buy it, right?
So far the women authors I've met online have been really nice! So maybe they will accept me as one of their own? After all, we're all writers, right? And we're all there to have a good time, network, and promote, right? This should be great! But...
I do have a bit of an ear infection going on now. I'll get over it, but I'm pretty sure being on a pressurized airplane won't be very pleasant. I do have pictures in my head of my sinuses exploding and blood everywhere. Or maybe my ears will just pop? Maybe my head will pop? Oh well, what the hell? Off we go on vacation!