Monday, February 13, 2012
Life, the Universe, and Everything 2012
So had a great time at the fantastic Utah speculative fiction/arts conference Life, the Universe, and Everything this past weekend. The new venue, Utah Valley University, was superb, and I hope it becomes the new home. It was great seeing good friends and making new ones and occasionally eating really awesome food with them (three cheers for sushi and Thai, especially the geisha roll and beef waterfall!).
Among the highlights were James Owen's keynote address and meeting him: one of the best people you'll ever meet. Also enjoyed teaching a class on speculative fiction elements that was well attended (which shocked me, since I was up against some strong heavy hitters in the same hour [bow to Dr. Carlisle]). One of the most unique offerings of the conference, though, was a class one of my best friends, Donna Milakovic (Mill-ack-O-vitch), taught on networking professionally. Also, I'm glad Mette Ivie Harrison knows who Guy Gavriel Kay is (and raised her hand when I asked in my workshop).
It was a blast. I love this conference and the people it brings together: authors, artists, gamers, professional costumers, ex-Navy Seals, former bearded ladies, hobbits, and the occasional jabberwocky.
See ya'll at Storymakers in May! And Writing and Illustrating for Young Readers in June!
(P.S. Who is that woman with the awesome boots and the zebra print every year!?)