It's been a while since I've done a State Of The Bat Cave Address, and 2013 is shaping up to be a busy year for yours truly. Here's a few of the things that will be occupying my life over the next 12 months:
However when planning began for 2013's event, I was once again roped in - which basically meant planning the romance panel. Oh, and moderating said panel. Which means, oh yeah I actually need to do "homework reading" and stuff. The authors that will be featured on "my" romance panel this year are none other than Jill Sorenson, Anna Randol and Jillian Stone. I think this is going to be a fabulous panel, and you can expect reviews for books by these authors in the coming months. And hey - if you live in southern California, why not consider attending our event? The all-day affair will be Saturday, April 6 and costs $60. Books will be sold separately on site, but cost does include a continental breakfast and lunch.
RWA hasn't opened registration yet, but I'll be attending the conference in Atlanta this summer. It's also looking like I'll be speaking at Librarians Day again this year - because everybody just loves to hear me blather on about various nonsense apparently. Details are still be ironed out, but it looks like I'll be on a panel to discuss library programming and the romance genre - uh, see the above paragraphs to figure out what I'll be bringing to the table......
the Orange County chapter is reviving their Book Buyers Best contest for 2013. This is a published authors contest, and I have been a first round judge in previous years - reading mostly category romance, historical romance and a smattering of romantic suspense. This year, because obviously they have lost their collective minds, they asked me to be the "Top Pick Judge." What does this mean? Basically I read the finalists, the highest vote receivers, in each of the ten categories. Then it's my job to pick the overall winner, or the Top Pick.
My reading load will be hefty, but I'm really looking forward to it. I tend to approach contest judging a little differently from reviewing. These days my personal taste comes into reviewing books here at my blog. If I'm burnt-out on BDSM, I'm going to say so in one of my reviews. However even I can recognize when a BDSM plot is "done well" - and acknowledge whether or not a story is "done well" for a particular sub genre. A lot of it boils down to execution, story construction etc. I always tell people that it's a rare book that I loathe soooooo much that I would refuse to recommend it to anybody. Dude, stick around books and reading long enough (especially fiction) and you quickly realize there's an audience for everything - no matter how warped you might think it is.
Look for me to talk about my judging experience, and hopefully the books I'll be reading, later in the year. I'll likely resort to constructing some sort of "wrap up" post to go live well after OCCRWA makes their official announcement(s).
So, what are your plans for 2013? Anyone have any resolutions (reading or otherwise) they're working on? Travel? Fun? More work?