I normally don't travel much, but this year is shaping up to be a bit of an anomaly. I actually have plans to go to a number of conferences and conventions, as well as one family trip (if we can actually pull it off).
First up is a return to one of my favorite conventions ever--PANTHEACON
Pantheacon is one of the largest Pagan conventions I know of, and it happens every year in San Jose, California in the middle of February. Obviously, the people who run it thought, "What is the best time of year to have everyone flying in from across the country?" and went with that date. *snort*
There are always lots of amazing people to meet up with, workshops to go to, and even a book release party given by Llewellyn that includes my upcoming book, Everyday Witchcraft: Making Time for Spirit in a Too-Busy World.
I usually give a couple of workshops myself, and had originally planned to this time as well, but I'd cancelled my plans due to Samhain's increasing illness, and while I was able to get everything else back into sync after her death changed things, the workshop slots had already been filled by others.
But never fear, you can still find me at a number of events at the Llewellyn Hospitality Suite in Room 1057. And I will be out and about during the conference, so if you happen to see me, be sure to say hi.
One of the best things about Pantheacon for me it always the people I get to spend time with:
|Me with three of my favorite people on the planet: my step-daughter Jenn, writing partner Lisa DiDio, and Llewellyn editor Elysia|
|As you can see, Elysia and I don't get along at all :-)|
|The amazing Margot Adler, me, and Selena Fox|
This was the last time I went, in 2011. I'll be seeing all of these folks again this year, which is a big part of why I'm going! The first time I went, in 2008 as a newbie author, I was overwhelmed to meet some of my own favorite authors. I told you--lots of great people go to this!
|Esteemed tarot author Mary Greer, Z. Budapest, and Raven Grimassi|
|The charming Christopher Penczak, Stephanie Taylor, Ellen Dugan, and me|
|Me with the brilliant Anne Niven Newkirk, publisher and editor of Witches & Pagans Magazine|
Of course, I'm also happy to be making a quick stop in San Diego in the way, so I can spend a couple of days with my too-far-away family...and I confess (since I know y'all won't tell) that the idea of some days away from the upstate NY cold and blustery winter doesn't hurt either.
Naturally, not everyone is happy about my decision to go...
|No, I won't let you pack!|
But thankfully, I have great cat sitters to fill in while I'm away. The cats won't even miss me.
I look forward to having a great report to share with you upon my return.
Anyone else planning to be there this year? I'd love to see you!