Brandon Witt is back with us today. Brandon is a Featured Author at GRL 2016 this year and he has come to share some of his experience as a Con attendee with everyone.
Brandon is one of the authors I have not met yet and I really look forward to rectifying that in October.
Instructions for GRL
The first year I went to GRL, I was a bit overwhelmed by all the advice, rules, and stipulations. None of which came from the organizers of GRL or the organization itself. The advice came from people like me, other authors and people who’d attended previous GRL conferences. And, a lot of the advice was contradictory. Lots of advice around hugging, for some reason. As in, please come hug me, or please don’t hug me, or ask to hug me. And, that was just the rules and advice about hugging! Never mind the endless advice about how many events to go to in a day, or how much water to drink, or how much to exercise or how much Emergen-C to take the weeks leading up to the conference. It was all a bit overwhelming. Granted, I was extremely nervous and was reading every piece of advice I could find to try to figure out how to manage this huge thing that was looming up ever closer.
Well, now it’s my turn to give advice for all you who’ve not been before. It’s brief, and I offer this disclaimer first. Although I’m an extremely liberal progressive, I still have the core of Ozark Hillbilly Logic I was raised with. Therefore, I might be whittling it down too simply. But, whatever.
You ready? Here’s we go! It’s a long list of three:
1. Don’t worry about the hugging rules. Chances are, you don’t run up to strangers on the street and wrap them in a bear hug, do you? No. You have common sense. Good touch is a touch with permission. If you don’t know this, don’t go out in public. If you do know this, you’ll be fine!
2. They weren’t lying about he Emergen-C. We’re most a bunch of shut-in’s (myself very, very much included in this) who have all suddenly gathered together. It’s a bacteria playground filled with un-exercised immunity systems. Prepare accordingly. You won’t be sorry!
3. Have a sense of humor. If you don’t have one, rent one for the week. If you have a sense of humor, neither hug nor bacteria will get you down. (Okay, kinda lying about that part, humor won’t really protect against unwanted touching or vomit inducing bacteria. But it will cover everything else.)
And, bonus Advice: Don’t be afraid of the authors. We are there for you, we WANT to talk to you, so please don’t hesitate to say howdy! We also so want cheese. (If you find an author who doesn’t want their cheese, I will happily take it off their dairy-prejudiced hands.)
Can’t wait to see you all in October! If it’s your first time, don’t stress too much, it’s normal to be nervous, but you’ll have a blast if you just keep things simple. Wallow in your love of books and romance. We’re going to have a blast in beautiful Kansas City!