A couple of weeks ago, I flew 17 hours from New Zealand to be at the second ever Realm Makers conference. I hadn't originally planned to go, but I couldn't bear the thought of missing out. Timing meant that I was pretty spaced out on lack of sleep by the time it all got rolling, but adrenaline carried me through the weekend.
I did not teach a session this time but devoted all of my spare hours to meeting and mentoring as many writers as I could. Realm Makers is blessed with a large contingent of beginner writers and it's really exciting to be able to accompany them on a short part of their journey.
There was a costume banquet, a booksigning, an awesome cafeteria, and even a creepy brick tunnel under the railway that we all had to use a few times each day to travel between buildings.
Realm Makers is a great family that spans the globe. If you are even slightly interested in speculative genres, you really should check it out! Next year it'll probably be in the U.S. Midwest again.
And now? I'm trekking through the USA again before I head for home. I've had 13 blisters so far this trip! So far I've had enormous fun with friends everywhere I've been - including meeting lots of dogs, experiencing a country gig in Nashville where people are serious about their music, and making a sci-fi short film with advanced amateur producers in Arkansas, all while I work on edits for my own book. Yeah. This is fun.