After the Nebulas

So it’s been pretty quiet on this blog for the past month, but I’m still here!  May was a busy month for me, full of conventions and trips—including the Nebulas, which took place right here in Pittsburgh!  This is the second year in a row they’ve been local, so it’s the second year in a row that I’ve attended.

It’s a great convention, full of interesting people and great conversation and some really excellent, top-notch panels.  It’s also a super inclusive convention that (from my admittedly able-bodied perception) really went out of its way to be as accessible and welcoming as possible.  If you have the opportunity, and want to meet some really cool folks in the professional writing/publishing community, I recommend trying to go at least once!

Of course, one of the most fun elements of the Nebulas is the impressive swag bag of free books you get just for registering.  They come in a really sturdy tote bag, which is good, because you’re going to need it to carry all those books!  In addition to all the books I purchased in their on-site bookstore, my free books consisted of 14 novels, 2 anthologies, 1 graphic novel and 5 magazines.  Whew!  That’ll keep me in reading materials for a while.  I’m still making my way through last year’s pile—though to be fair, I’ve been splitting my attention between reading through my Nebula acquisitions and reading through stuff that’s already been in my To Be Read pile for a while.

Then again, I’m never going to complain about having too many books.  It allows me to be a dork like this:

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The elusive Jennifer Hykes in her natural environment: lying in a pile of books.

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