You know those days when you wake up at 4.30am, and all you can think of is that one thing you forgot to do? I didn’t write the price inside the covers of my books.
And that was it: all hope of going back to sleep was lost.
Saturday saw Edge-Lit literary convention’s festive cousin, Sledge-Lit, come to town. And it came with rosy cheeks, and a whole load of presents.
Arriving at the venue early, I had been scheduled into the day’s first workshop slot, with my class entitled Voices in Your Head: Convincing Characters and Dynamite Dialogue. Being the early session, I had prepared myself for a moderate turn out. What I wasn’t prepared for was a completely full class.
‘Chuffed’ doesn’t even begin to cover it. It was an active, engaged session, and I got some great feedback afterwards.
Straight after my workshop, I had to hightail it to my first panel. I wasn’t just participating, I was chairing, just a week after being asked to do so.
Titled From Screen to Page: Is The Boom in Horror Cinema Boosting Horror Fiction?, I was tasked with asking probing questions of MR Carey, Tracy Fahey, Gary McMahon, and Tade Thompson.
This was my first time chairing a panel, and I couldn’t have hoped for it to go better.
The room was packed; there was standing room only. The discussion was lively and animated, and both panellists and audience members approached me afterwards to say what a great discussion it had been.
And I needn’t have been nervous about meeting MR Carey. He was lovely, and humble, and down to earth.
With my head reeling, it was already lunchtime, and I felt like my feet had barely touched the ground.
I went in search of both coffee and old friends in the Quad’s bar. Thankfully, I found both.
I’ve been attending these events since 2014, and have become one of the familiar faces. I can barely take a step without being stopped for a catch up with someone. This is my tribe, and I adore them.
With a slightly more chilled afternoon, I was a panellist for a discussion on Science-Prediction: Is Sci-Fi still showing us what the future might hold? Along with Andrew Bannister, John Jarrold, and Laura Mauro, and chaired by Rod Duncan, it was a thought-provoking and fascinating discussion.
Ending with the infamously entertaining raffle, Sledge-Lit came to a close at 6pm, and saw me skulking home, headachey with exhaustion.
I took on Sledge-Lit, and this year, Sledge-Lit won.