GayRomLit 2014 – Post the Second

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So very much has happened and I don’t know where to start….

Are you interested in my return to Boy’s Town in Chicago—where I first came out %#@ years ago?

Do you want to know about me finishing my new novel yesterday and sending it to Dreamspinner Press?

Should I save those and just talk about the event? Maybe this later since it is a GRL report and not a BG’s vacation report?

All right. So yesterday I dashed down to the Swag Room, about a half hour before it was to open and an extremely nice gentleman let me in early (which he did not have to do!) so I could lay out my swag. It isn’t just pens! They are a stylus that you can use on Ipads and stuff like that! No sooner had I laid them out when the room was inundated of with fans and readers.

I of course joined in and there was lots of cool stuff. And free books. Excerpts. Free downloads. Candy. Anxiety squeeze-toys. Stuffed animals. Condoms! LOL! And lots lots lots more.

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Soon after that was the Supporting Author’s Booksigning and that was a complete and total blast. They were even giving away free books with excerpts and shorts and the like inside by the supporting authors so people could get one volume signed with all the writers. Such a cool idea. Authors had to wait to get a copy, which only makes sense. The readers got first dibs. Luckily there were plenty and I got one and got them signed by nearly everyone.

I also bought books and had them signed by favorite authors, some of which I had never been lucky enough to meet before. So much fun!

After that there was one of the many meet-the-author’s gigs, so I dashed off to one because I was one of the author’s scheduled. I met so many nice people. People were hugging me (some in tears!) and it was such a happy time. I was and have been blown away by all of the congratulations I received for getting married to my wonderful man. So many of them had donated money to send us to Baltimore. Thank you to all of them!

Some where in there I was practically dying and after grabbing a sandwich and took a short nap and then wrote wrote wrote. Book was almost finished when I head to the big MLR Press sponsored Opening Ceremonies.

The food was completely amazing—there were cheeses and fruit, these incredible mini-quiches, huge shrimp, stuffed mushroom and egg rolls—and I got stuffed!

I got to talk to more charming people—some I had met before and some new—and then the announcements were made, including the fact that GayRomLit 2015 will be held in San Diego. I am extremely excited about that. I spent many of my growing up years in California. Next year will be so much fun!

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Then it was back to our hotel room where GRL was presented live for WON Radio “Write On The Edge” program. The wonderful Vicktor Alexander hosted—with the help of WR Prater and Toni Griffin a wild fun ride with attending authors including Angel Martinez, Charlie Cochet, Erica Pike, Lynn Lorenz, James Buchanan and many many more. We laughed and got personal and told many fun stories.

I ducked out for just a bit so I could dance with boys in underwear at the annual Juke Joint Event!

Well…. I didn’t actually dance with the boys but they were fun to watch and I did dance for a long time and had huge amounts of fun. Lady Gaga and Katie Perry and even ABBA’s Dancing Queen!

Then I finally wound up the evening talking with the lovely Erica Pike and Rafe Haze (also lovely as you can see).

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And then it was time for bed! Stay tuned for the next report! It has been a FULL day and I am taking a power nap before the next series of events!

BG Thomas

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