Jenna on GRL 2017

Hello, everyone! I attended my first ever  Gay Romance Lit Retreat and it was amazing!

What GRL is not:

  • A place to make tons of money selling your books
  • A place to pitch publishers
  • A place to learn about the craft of writing through panels, workshops, and discussions

So, what is GRL?

  • A giant slumber party with all the friends you never knew you had
  • A place to meet authors you’ve never heard of and buy their books
  • A grand game of “get every author to sign their books.”
  • A wild party.

There are three levels of attendees at GRL: featured author, supporting author, and attendee. The spots for authors are limited and there’s a publishing requirement for both. (Featured authors must have 3 books currently published and available for sale, supporting authors need 1.) A lot of newer authors (like myself) go as attendees but there are also a lot of attendees who are readers, and that’s what the focus of this event is on. It’s not a place to shine a spotlight on famous authors but rather a place for readers to connect with authors and fellow readers over the books that they love. read more

New Orleans Food Hates Me

Last week I was in New Orleans for a tech conference. The conference itself was nothing to write home about, but I did enjoy the bits of the city that I got to see, even if the food apparently hates me. We got in on Monday night and, after depositing our bags in our rooms, we headed out for a late dinner, looking for something local. We were staying in the Warehouse District, right next to the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, which could practically be considered a city in its own right. Our conference was in Hall H. I never saw past Hall E. The thing is 1.1 million square feet. Million. Sixth largest convention center in the nation. Anyways, we wandered down Convention Center Boulevard and ended up at Mulates. I have several food allergies including thyme and bell pepper so I ordered the alligator unseasoned. It was great. It came with a twice-baked potato. I’m okay with potatoes. It was covered in cheese. What could go wrong? The potato was spicy. My lips started to burn. By the time I got back to my hotel room I was having an allergic reaction. (Not anaphylactic, thankfully.) So, that was fun. read more

Why I’m Never Flying Delta Again (if I can help it)

2 days
5 airports
9 flight changes

Day 1:

My merry band of travelers started off the day in good spirits. Our trip down to New Orleans on Monday had gone smoothly. The conference was over. We got a nice little taste of New Orleans (more on that next post) and we were all ready to head back to Buffalo to our respective spouses, children, and/or pets. Our boss is an experienced traveller and Delta Diamond so he had the timing down on when to head to the airport and all that. We left our hotel at 11:15am Central Time (12:15pm EST) to head to the airport. Security was a bit backed up but not much of a hassle. We went straight to our gate and settled down to get on our 1:15pm (2:15pm EST). read more