I’ve been attending a lot more local author events lately. If you happen to follow any of my other social media platforms, you may have noticed this.
If you’ll allow me a small digression to talk about where I live for a moment. I live in Albuquerque, New Mexico, perhaps known to a lot of people as “that place where Bugs Bunny should have taken a left“. What you may not know, and I didn’t when I first moved here, is that there is a quite a writing community in the area. If you look at my posts regarding either the 2016 or 2017 Bubonicon, a good number of the authors mentioned are local.
Funnily enough, even after my first couple of Bubonicon visits, I still didn’t look any further for other events to attend. It wasn’t until the middle of 2017 that I started going to author readings/signings.
Another digression. I’ve often enjoyed listening to commentaries on films I like and one of the main reasons for that is I like hearing about how those things came to be. So, given that I think of myself as a writer, why wouldn’t I go listen to writers talk about their work?
I don’t really have a good answer for that, other than I never thought to look. Which is a pretty lazy answer. 2/3rds of the events I went to last year were in Santa Fe; which does involve a drive, but one which is, at most, an hour each way. True, sometimes, the real world gets in the way, which meant I missed some others that I was thinking about attending, but that wasn’t a reason to not to look in the first place.
So, since I’ve enjoyed every event I’ve been to and I think I’ve got something out of them, I’ve signed up for newsletters from the places that have held these events and I’ll continue to keep an eye out for others, such as this one coming up in a couple of weeks.