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LIVE BLOGGING: GRL 2013 – pregame

Susan live blogs her first GRL!

Welcome to Atlanta…and the GayRomLit 2013 conference!  I’m super excited as it’s my FIRST time attending GRL!  I’m taking you along for the ride.  Comments, observations, pictures, quotes, interviews…and more! Your virtual play-by-play of what’s happening here!

I’ve downloaded the app (and yes! there’s an app!) and here’s the schedule I’ve picked out for myself from all the options offered:

Wednesday 10/16 –

7:00pm  Early Registration

Wednesday is also the Writers’ Workshop day. So, I will use my super stealth crashing skills to peek into the festivities and gawk shamelessly at some of my favorites.

Thursday 10/17 –

8:00am   Newbie Meet-n-Greet (hosted by Joyfully Jay)

9:00am   Supporting Author Spotlight Event (for newer authors: I’m going to check out Anna Martin, Edmond Manning, and SA McAuley…and lots others!)

1:00pm   Author Q&A: Mary Calmes, Marie Sexton, Scotty Cade

2:10pm   Author Readings: Damon Suede, Heidi Cullinan, Deanna Wadsworth

3:20pm   Author Q&A: TJ Klune, Eric Arvin, Jambrea Jo Jones

6:00pm   MLR Press Opening Night Reception

9:00pm   The GRL Juke Joint with eXtasy, Stiff Rain, and Wilde City

Friday 10/18 –

9:00am   Author Readings: Jordan Castillo Price (OH MY GODDDDDDD!!!), Heidi Cullinan, Lily Veldon

10:10am Author Readings: Ethan Day, ZA Maxfield, Anna Martin

11:20am Storyteller Spotlight – Thrills, Spills, Mystery & Mayhem: Geoffrey Knight, JP Bowie, EM Lynley

2:00pm   Fun Fair – Scrapbooking with the Rainbow Romance Writers

3:15pm   Fun Fair – Cockwalk Invitational Art Show

6:30pm   Dine with an Author Dinner

9:00pm   Dreamspinner’s One Enchanted Evening

Saturday 10/19

9:00am   Storyteller Spotlight – Breaking Hearts One Page at a Time: KA Mitchell, Amy Lane, JP Barnaby

10:10am Author Q&A: LC Chase, Kaje Harper, Abigail Roux

11:20am Storyteller Spotlight – Boys with Badges: Tere Michaels, Hank Edwards, Silvia Violet

2:00pm   Massive Booksigning Event

5:30pm   Samhain Press Cocktail Party

9:00pm  Totally Bound’s Heaven & Hell Masquerade Ball

Sunday 10/20

8:00am   Closing Brunch & Farewell / GRL Photo Booth

All of this is, of course, subject to change depending 1) on where Jordan Castillo Price is…since I go where she goes (I am not a stalker!), 2) if Marie Sexton is drinking wine somewhere (I refuse to let the woman drink alone!), and/or 3) if Damon Suede is off doing something more fun and thus I shall follow…

Promises to myself:

1. I will NOT fangirl like a fool over anyone (exception being, duh, Jordan Castillo Price)
2. I will NOT get too drunk that I forget what happened the night before.
3. I will NOT kiss anyone (at least not with tongue)…(kissing is my go-to drunken move, unfortunately…)
4. I will spend as much time getting to know as many authors, readers, bloggers as possible.
5. I will spend freely on rounds of alcohol…so if you’re reading this from GRL, come find me!


I’ll try to have posts up as real-time as possible, but at the very least 2-3 times each day!  It’ll be like you’re here…just w/o the Atlanta humidity! :)


9 comments on “LIVE BLOGGING: GRL 2013 – pregame

  1. Ami
    October 16, 2013

    This is fun. I will be watching… And try not to get TOO drunk, girl! *lolz*


  2. Trish
    October 16, 2013

    Let the grl shenanigans begin.. Susan style!


  3. Hunter Frost
    October 16, 2013

    What a great idea! It’s just like being there – yay! :-)


  4. Sheri
    October 16, 2013

    wow! that’s one hell of a schedule….it sure sounds like fun.
    I especially like your ‘subject to change’ clause…and if strippers are involved, I think we will require close up shots ;)
    I shall stalk your every move….let the crazy/goodness begin!!


  5. ameliabishop
    October 16, 2013

    I am depending on your coverage! I wanted to go, and I couldn’t :( Now I will live vicariously through your live-blog :)


  6. Ilhem
    October 16, 2013

    You absolutely must NOT forget the interesting things you did the night before!


  7. shelley
    October 16, 2013

    You and Marie Sexton and copious amounts of wine? Oh BOY! I WISH I could be there with you all. And what Sheri said …close up stripper shots (if they are on the menu) and record everything! EVERYTHING!


  8. suze294
    October 16, 2013

    So jealous! Will be watching for drunken updates!


  9. jeayci
    October 16, 2013

    Yay, thank you for letting us tag along for the ride! :D

    Do me a big favor, pretty please? I was talking to Kaje about her Q&A, saying how much I hope someone will record it so I can see it. Since it’s with Abi, and thus all the minions, I have some hope. But… would you consider recording it (and any of the others)? I’m sure I’m not the only one who’d love to see/hear as much as possible!


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