Posted by lisaspiral
I know it may seem I’m getting my blog out a little late this Monday morning, but honest it’s still REALLY early in San Jose. I’m out here for Pantheacon (My regular readers will have seen previous years posts and several links to the con site in the last weeks.) This is a convention for Pagan practitioners in the Bay Area and has become a national event. I’ve met folks here from New York, North Carolina, Florida and Texas. Not many this year from Minnesota through.
The locals are all complaining about the dry air. I know that the area needs rain badly. I also know that compared to living in forced air heating, well below zero, no humidity to be found air my skin is very happy with the moisture level. My ankles may be swollen enough to be painful, but my heels are notably less cracked than they were just a few days ago. 63 degrees with the sun shinning is a treat not to be missed and I snuck an hour out of the day to put on my sunglasses and lounge by the pool.
I was on the schedule this year as a presenter, which has made this a very different experience for me than in previous years. I find myself doing networking very actively. This is hard work for me, but I’ve had some lovely conversations with people. I even came out of nowhere to give Stephanie Taylor-Grimassi a big kiss! Those of you who’ve listened to the The Priestess Show on Blog Talk Radio may know that Stephanie is another of the priestesses. I’ve never actually met her in person, but Traci Logan Wood, our producer, asked me to give Stephanie a big hug and a kiss and I said I could do that. It’s the kind of event (and Stephanie is the kind of person) where she didn’t instantly start screaming. It was actually a good prank and it was great to meet her and her husband, Raven Grimassi, in person.
My publisher (Taylor Ellwood) is here and will also be coming to Minnesota for a convention in March. We’ve been conspiring together between workshops. It’s always nice to spend face time with people who are so important to the work I’m doing. Taylor is additionally a sweet man and fun to talk to. His wife has been very patient with him “checking up on hisImmanion Press authors”.
Because I’m a presenter I’ve also had the opportunity to do a book signing and tarot readings. I took advantage of those events to make a few more contacts. It will be great if I can manage to keep in touch with some of the folks I’ve met. That’s not really my skill set either, but I know at least one of the women I’ve spoken with is now connected via Facebook. I’ve got my fingers crossed that she’ll remember to send me the link to her favorite on-line women’s clothing store.
Next week when I’m home for real I’ll give you all more detail about my workshop presentation and the great friends I’ve been able to reconnect with. In the meantime try not to be too jealous as you throw another log on the fire and curl up under you warm blankets.