You can't see it but I'm over here trying really hard not to hyperventilate. Eroticon is two freaking weeks away!!!
First international trip (my passport is shiny and new). First big trip alone (EVER). First conference/gathering in the sex writing world. What's to be nervous about, right? I won't even mention my own general anxiety or social anxiety, fear of being lost, concern about visiting a new place, or certainty that I'll be that American.
To get ready, and learn more about who's going, Eroticon does a virtual meet and greet so we can all sort of, kind of, introduce ourselves. So here goes...
NAME (and Twitter if you have one)
Kayla Lords and @KaylaLords
It might take me a minute to realize you're talking to me. "Kayla" isn't a name I get to hear said out loud very often. Hell, call me "Babygirl" like John Brownstone does (okay, maybe not exactly like he does) and you might get a quicker response.
What are you hoping to get out of Eroticon 2017?
I want to meet people I've known online for years. I want to meet other people I've only heard about and make more contacts in this sex writing world we're a part of. I want to get better at what I do. Basically, I'm going for the full conference experience. This is my first one, and I'm already determined to make sure it's not my last.
This years schedule at Eroticon is pretty full on but which 4 sessions do you already have marked down as ones you want to attend?
Girl on the Net's pitching session for sure! I've been pitching for a few years in the vanilla world, but I kind of suck at it, and I'm ready to up my sex/kink writing game this year.
I may go check out a Kink Craft hands-on workshop, even though I'm hopelessly lacking in any skills and will probably tie myself up with the paracord - and not in a kinky way.
The rest, I'm leaving open. There are some sessions that are right up my alley and others that sound interesting. Frankly, if I find myself having a really good conversation outside of a session, I might not leave. And I might go to a session taught by friends just because I want to hear them speak.
Tell us one thing about yourself that not many people know?
When you share all the intimate details of your sex life on a blog and in a podcast, is there anything left? Ummmm, let's see.......
I belly-danced on a table at a dinner during a vanilla business conference one time. And I was sober.
If you made the papers, what would the headline be?
Witnesses said she was still talking when she died...
If you could have one skill for free (I.e. without practice/time/effort) what would it be?
Only one? Damn...
I would love to know how to create visual art: graphics, cartoons, videos, infographics, comics, logos, you name it. I know what I like but I have no clue how to create a damn thing. I use tools to help, but it's never exactly what I want.
Complete the sentence: I love it when…
My people find me and pull me into the fun.
Okay, there you have it. My Eroticon meet and greet. I'm a basketcase, but if everything goes according to plan, I'll keep my crazy in my head and at least look the part of a semi-sane, possibly sensible kinky writer by the time I get to London.