As I write this blog, it is Sunday morning, and I’m in a deserted coffee room in a conference centre in Bristol, at Eroticon, rehearsing my talk for later this morning. Everyone else is in their various workshops and talks, and I’m having a small panic.
I’m not the bravest person in the world, and it never ceases to amaze me that people actually want to hear me talking about writing and impart my ‘wisdom’ (I use the inverted speech marks advisedly). So I’m having a quick run through of my workshop while by dear friend Tabitha is upstairs teaching people how to draw- with the aid of the gorgeous John, and the sex bloggers are having an open question panel. Naturally…I have coffee, and I’m in easy reaching distance of a packet of biscuits (chocolate!)
Sponsored by Mystic Vibe, Pulse, Doxy, and the gorgeous colourful and eccentric Godemiche, Eroticon Live is Ruby Kiddell’s last event as organiser of this conference.
I have been to all but one of the Eroticon events- and boy have they made an impact on me over the years. I’ve learnt how to construct some fabulously fun poetry thanks to Ashley Lister, improve my writing curiosity of a wide variety of authors from Kristina Lloyd to Kd Grace.
I’ve had my eyes widened as I’ve watched demonstrations in different forms of kink, and I’ve learnt a great deal about the world of the sex blogger- a life/career that is a million miles away from that of an erotic fiction writer. It takes a very special skill and a great deal of bravery to blog your innermost secrets.
This year, the wondrous folk from Kink Craft are here, helping us cack-handed author and blogger types make latex garters and small floggers- you can imagine the giggles!
As ever of course, it has been the chance to catch up with my writer friends (my lovely Brit Babe friends Tabitha Rayne, Lily Harlem and Kd Grace are here with me, amongst many others), that is the biggest attraction. The opportunity to chat with those folk who I’ve interacted with on Facebook many times, but have never met in real life, and to generally remind myself that I’m not the only person who spends my days hunched over a keyboard, inventing sexy scenarios designed to make other people feel good, is always very welcome
For me- of course- the most incredible thing to have come out of Eroticon is the Brit Babes. Where would I be without them !?
Well, it’s time for my workshop, you I’d better stop waffling…. Wish me luck…