• Edie Montreux

Yaoi Con (and on and on)

Yes, well aware that it’s been forever since I blogged, even though I said I would post every week because New Years and Resolutions and blah, blah, blah. Truth is, rejection is difficult to overcome when you’re also fighting job stress, plot stress (seriously, guys, another sex scene?), and family stress.

Somehow, in the middle of June, I decided, “Fuck stress. I’m going to add the one thing that I hate more than anything in the whole world into the mix, and see if it actually does kill me or makes me stronger. I’m going to travel to San Francisco to go to Yaoi Con (OMG flying in a tin can with people, only to spill into the airport with more people, to travel to the hotel with even more people–introvert terror alert).”  Somehow, I convinced myself that the terror would be worth it, because I would work up the nerve to introduce myself to other writers I love and see what advice they have for me. I made my way to San Francisco on Thursday, September 11 (no, not ominous at all…) to hang out with Ro, my partner in hi-jinx since 1994. This was our first meeting since 1994. No shit. 20 years. More proof that one either loves me or hates me. If you maybe like me, you don’t know me that well yet.

I spoke to two of my favorite writers (Amy Lane and Mary Calmes) at the Dreamspinner booth, and met two new-to-me authors (Gus Li and Beau Shemery) who signed books for me. (YAY books!) I got hugs from Amy Lane, and when I asked her if I could interrogate, erm, ask her the list of questions I had prepared for her, SHE SAID YES!!! So we grabbed some chairs from another booth, sat down, and I asked all the questions that I’m hoping a newbie writer will want to ask me one day.

I spoke to all four writers at the Less Than Three booth, thanks to my dear friend Ro’s introduction with, “So if you could choose to have any kind of tail or any kind of wings, which would you pick and why?” That’s my Ro, trying to teach me how icebreakers work outside an office setting. Sasha Miller signed her book for me! Sasha was my first introduction to Less Than Three Press, so it was a pleasure to meet her and pay her some money for fantastic writing, since many of the novelas I found on Amazon were free.

Ro and I had dinner with Ruthie and Ren, the masterminds behind Longitudes and Latitudes, a Yaoi pirate web comic. We had shenanigans at Shabu Shabu, eating authentic Japanese and discussing smutty literature vs. literary smut. Afterward, on our way to grab an Uber back to the hotel, we spied a man rolling a six-foot-diameter ball across the country. He must have started in San Francisco, as suggested by the few signatures on the ball. (Ren later quipped, “We touched a giant testicle together! I will always remember you!”)

Ro and  I picked Andy up from the airport, after some serious hate from an elder at the international terminal, and then we spent the night outside the auction hall playing a fast and dirty round of Cards Against Humanity. My best win: “They said we couldn’t do it. They said we couldn’t put David Bowie riding a tiger made of lightning inside Kanye West. They were wrong.” I think that’s a win at life right there, but who’s keeping track of that score?

Sunday panels were awesome. I’ve already defined silhouette for a new short story I started–yes, even the comic stuff comes in handy sometimes. The BDSM panel was helpful for the little bit of kink in my current WIP, the panel on the history of LGBT in literature was as hilarious as it was informative, and Ruthie’s panel on Yaoi character development gave me the best notes of any panel.

I had a great time at Yaoi Con. I had a great time with Sharky on Monday, exploring San Francisco. ALL of San Francisco, some of it against our will because our cab driver got so lost that we did not reach our destination before it closed, which means I will have to visit again soon.

I returned home to happy dog and happy Lemur early this morning. Lemur was happy to see me. Dog was happy to see Lemur happy. I love the little brat, but he is a one-man-dog.

What does this mean for my fantasy series? Who knows. I’m still working on Breaking All the Rules, a contemporary romance. I also have a huge list of contemporary plot bunnies yet to develop. I haven’t given up on Al and Denny. I think the world truly needs a little more love, and what’s not to love about cute little elves? (If you have an answer for that, please don’t crash my after-con high.)

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