My first steampunk ball- When Words Collide – August 2016laini

Ever been to a steampunk ball? I attended my first at the When Words Collide conference in Calgary in August of 2016 and I had a blast!

My favorite is still Santa Barbara, which I attended in 2014. Because I loved having my writing analyzed by a group of other writers. I met Randy McCharles at the Surrey International Writers Conference back in 2012, and he told me about their fledgeling conference.

There were weeks of preparation in building my hat (3 bucks from a shop in Sherwood Park. I embellished it with goggles I antiqued with Rub n Buff, some tulle, and ribbon. Then, I found a cool set of rayguns at the Value Village, more Rub n Buff, and made a nifty holster out of some faux leather).

Hubby and I drove down from Edmonton, and I got to do my thing. He got to catch up with an old art school friend from the Alberta College of Art and Design.

Helped attendees with Blue Pencil appointments, did a reading from The Forgottten Flapper, and participated in my very first panels. I also sold a couple of copies of The Forgotten Flapper through Owl’s Nest Books.

Especially fun was the “Ghost of a Chance” panel on Friday, with E.C. Bell, Mark Leslie (Lefebvre), and S.G. Wong. We shared ghost stories, real and imagined.

I got to meet lots of super friendly fellow writers, and got to be around my tribe. That’s always a good thing!

Here I am with fellow author Jayne Barnard at the Steampunk Ball:

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