I had to be convinced to drive down to D.C. for Capclave 2014, by both a member of BSFS and by my husband. It’s that blend of mothering and writing that burns beneath this entire blog.
And yet, I am so glad I went. After I arrived, the guilt dropped away and I could enjoy the workshops, interviews, and readings. Also, Capclave –the Washington, DC literary science fiction convention — was my first conference dedicated only to speculative fiction. It was a productive, inviting day of professional development with outstanding guests of honor: Paolo Bacigalupi , Holly Black , and Genevieve Valentine. It was also the first time I saw a public hospitality suite. Very nicely hosted, Washington Science Fiction Association.
I was part of Saturday’s evening reception. Yes, my name is misspelled. No, I don’t care. The spelling on the check is right 🙂
It was an altogether lovely experience and gave me a renewed appreciation for the need for writers to gather together to improve craft and be inspired and for those mothers who must travel while their children are young or who work outside the home and are crippled by guilt. Moms! You are providing for your children. Either as a breadwinner or as a model of a happy, passionate human being. Feel free to say this back to me!
To be gone for Saturday, October 13th, I had to miss:
1) my son’s soccer tournament , 2) my three daughters’ soccer games (and reserve babysitter, luckily they were all local) 3) my niece’s senior homecoming, and 4) a restaurant dinner with our niece from Germany who was going home after visiting us for two months.
This answers, I believe, my statement in the previous post that I would sacrifice a chicken to get into a prestigious literary journal. It’s not chicken blood that’s required. It’s time. Blocks of time to work, a sense that writing is a mission not a hobby, even, sometimes, important family time, and the faith that the story, novel, essay needs to be told. The blending of mother and artist…