Happy October! Admittedly, I was a bit down last month. Now, however, the feeling of fall (or the slight dip in temperature in SoCal) and the inundation of holiday stuff that hits our TVs and stores has me looking forward to the rest of 2019. (Also: the end of a decade?? I still can’t wrap my mind around that.)
Anyway, this blog post may be shorter than usual, as I’m writing from Palm Springs, California this morning. For the second year in a row my girlfriend and I are attending LCLC, which stands for the Left Coast Lesbian Literary Conference. It’s the 7th year this conference has been held. From my limited conference-going knowledge, it’s pretty standard in that it boasts workshops, master classes, author readings, even a silent auction. However, unlike GCLS – which is wonderful and great but also can be kind of intimidating especially if you’re new to the scene – LCLC is much more laid back.
The host hotel usually creates an intimate setting, and readers and writers alike stay together, mingling for four fun-filled days in the sunshine and cool desert nights. Last night, for example, my girlfriend and I sat around a fire chatting with authors and their spouses/significant others after a casual dinner, sharing stories and asking those fun questions that always seem to pop up after a tasty meal and a couple of adult beverages. Last year, several author readings even took place in the pool. Even more mind-blowing to me was sitting poolside next to Dorothy Allison. I mean, poolside with Dorothy Allison?? Amazing.
The event is hosted by Sapphire Books and sponsored by Desert Palm Press. I must say, I was nervous before attending last year, as I’m from a different publishing house and didn’t know a single soul prior to going. But every person welcomed me with open arms. It was a truly magical experience. The same goes for this year.
LCLC runs through October 13. If you’re in Southern California, you should come by this weekend! If not, I highly recommend this conference in the future for anyone who’s always thought about attending a Lesfic conference but might be intimidated. This one is fun, casual, and full of wonderful writers and readers. See you in the desert!