California

in Minnesota these flowers come outside in planters in June!

in Minnesota these flowers come outside in planters in June!

So here I’ve been in sunny San Jose.  The weather has been delightful all weekend.  Today there is a slight chill in the air.  It’s 45 this morning.  The natives are reaching for their winter coats.  I’ve put on a sweater and am happy to be outside.  It’s all relative.  I understand back home the high is predicted at 32 with snow and winds gusting to 40 mph.  How could I complain?

I’ve been attending Pantheacon.  This is a large convention (2300 ish) of Pagans (definition still to be determined) from mostly the  Bay area, but actually from all over the country.  I’ve visited with people from New Hampshire, DC, New Orleans, Portland and Wisconsin.  Even those coming from California come all the way up and down the coast.  It’s quite the event.

The thing about Pantheacon is that it really is a convention.  Sure there are vendors and hospitality suites but it is really go – go – go to attend the workshops and other events.   There are at least 10 choices in any given session and inevitably more than one of them is appealing.  There isn’t a lot of time to just hang out and talk and get to know folks.  Even the post session schmooze is limited as the crew doesn’t have much time to clean up and set up between events.

On the publishers panel talking about what it's like to be an author with them

On the publishers panel talking about what it’s like to be an author with them

This makes things a little hard for my midwestern sensibilities.  Anyone who’s heard of the “Minnesota goodbye” understands that it takes us awhile to move from one thing to the next.  When you add my physical challenges to the mix I’m probably skipping as many sessions as I’m attending.  Oh Well.  I’ve been doing this long enough to understand that I have to take care of myself first.

I have managed to do quite a bit.  I’m talking about my book Manifest Divinity.  I even got to finally meet my publisher face to face!

Writers, editors and contributors to PNC the Pagan News Collective

Writers, editors and contributors to PNC the Pagan News Collective

I’ve been talking to the Pagan News Collective about journalism and contributing to their work.  I’ve talked with a lot of other authors both those working with publishers and those who are self published.

There is a great deal of diversity at this convention.  I think they work hard to achieve it.  There was a panel on privilege.  There was a session called Women of Color Caucus.  Some of the women who contributed to the anthology Shades of Faith conspired to put on a ritual that included elements from each of their diverse practices.

Shades of Faith contributors.  Aren't these women beautiful!

Shades of Faith contributors. Aren’t these women beautiful!

It was beautiful and affirming, and you can see these are amazing and powerful women!

I’m always eager to learn new things and meet new people.  This has been a great trip to recharge and inspire me.  I promised my publisher I’d get him a proposal for my next book SOON.  I have a list of several books I want to get from the authors I’ve meet.  (I just didn’t want to try and pack them home on the plane!)  My next reviews on LisaSpiral Reads will probably include a few of those author’s works.

In the meantime I’ll enjoy the sunshine and try to figure out how I can get on the plane in sandals and off in a winter coat.  Especially since I didn’t pack one!

Packing again already!?!

Packing again already!?!

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About lisaspiral

I've been writing and speaking about spirituality to small groups for years and am looking to expand my horizons. Hopefully this blog will inspire you to expand yours as well.

Posted on February 18, 2013, in Books, magic, spiritual, wicca and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. Okay, the last line of this post was pretty damn funny, Lisa. I know I’m late getting here, as I can’t keep up, given our upcoming move, but I hope you didnt freeze to death when you deplaned!
    Hugs,
    Kathy

  2. So this is where you packed and traveled, Lisa! How wonderful. I have so enjoyed conferences/gatherings like this in the past. You get to meet so many wonderful people and feel re-inspired. So happy for you! Back to the crazy temperature challenges. I always find it interesting that we can think we’re having a heat spell at 33 degrees when folks from other parts of the country are shivering. It’s all so relative…

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