They say that when it rains it pours and while that usually refers to bad stuff, I’ve also found that I can go for long periods of time having NOTHING to do and then BAM! a whole bunch of stuff I want to do falls in the same weekend. This weekend is no exception but thanks to baby-sitter issues (I’ve got 99 problems and not having a baby-sitter is number one), I’m kind of half-assing it BUT maybe you are blessed with a free weekend and if that’s the case I have some ideas for you:
1. Podcamp Pittsburgh: The 7th Annual Podcamp is going to be the biggest, baddest, MOST EXTREME Podcamp of all or at least it would be if it were a Mountain Dew commercial, but it’s not a Mountain Dew commercial so it will be helpful and informative and thought-provoking I’m sure. For anybody unfamiliar with Podcamp, it’s a really awesome opportunity for techie-bloggie-Twitter types to come together and talk all things social media and blogging and the brave new frontiers of the internet.
Last year was my first time and I really wish I was going this time around because I learned a lot of cool stuff and I met a lot of cool people who I’d like to see again.
2. Women Read Women Write: This event at The Galleria mall on Saturday from 1:00 to 6:00 will showcase local women authors from science fiction to romance to mysteries and beyond. More than 30 authors will be selling their books including Gwyn Cready and Kathleen George. There will also be panels throughout the day discussing such issues as “How to Get Published and Stay Published” and “Fifty Shades of Blush: The Reverberations of Fifty Shades of Grey.”
3yo willing, I’m hoping to stop by this event and buy a book or two and maybe even catch a panel. That’s probably asking a lot of my 3yo but she’s a pretty cool 3yo so I’m going to stay optimistic.
3. National Novel Writing Month: NaNoWriMo isn’t this weekend, but it does start on November 1 so if you’re thinking about signing up the deadline is near. If you really like to write and you’re on the fence about participating in this event, I will totally be your cheerleader here and tell you to go ahead and try it already! I’ve never actually met the goal of NaNoWriMo but it’s always been a good exercise for me to get into the habit of writing every day. And if you’ve ever talked to me about writing, you know that my number one suggestion for people who say they want to be a writer is to WRITE EVERY DAY. And if we’re really being honest here, I definitely need to start practicing what I preach when it comes to doing that. Believe me, it’s hard to do. There is work and then there are kids and meals to cook and rooms that don’t clean themselves and books to read and pumpkin beers to drink and new TV shows to watch. Speaking of new TV shows, have you watched Nashville yet? You totally should and then you should sign up for NaNoWriMo and connect with the Pittsburgh group and get some writing done next month!
4. Green Tree Library: This isn’t for a couple of weeks, but I’m very happy to announce that I will be reading from What Happens on Sunday at the Green Tree Library at 7:00 on December 4. Squee! More details will be coming but be sure to save the date