Wow, what a year!
Wait. Has it already been a year? Has it ONLY been a year?
[Insert all the best clichés about how quickly time passes here]
I know I keep saying I’ll write a post about Eroticon but it’s proven quite a challenge because it seems I have a lot to say and no one needs a 47k word post about my crush on a conference.
Well, let’s start with who I am now (because it’s a far cry from who I was in 2018, lemme tell ya.)
NAME (and Twitter if you have one):
My name is Jayne Renault. You can find me on Twitter @Jayne_Renault.
Tell us 3 things you are most looking forward to at Eroticon 2019
1. NOT having a panic attack at the actual Friday Night Meet and Greet.
Last year, I felt like I didn’t belong there. (I think I had all of 100 twitter followers and hadn’t really interacted with any of them until the week or two prior to the main event.) I felt like I’d shown up to a party uninvited – one of my greatest social anxiety triggers. I’m very much looking forward to walking into that room and having much more confidence to awkwardly walk up to someone, search their name tag for their handle and shake their hand (or exchange some excitable hugs, depending on the level of connection we’ve established and how many times we’ve said “I’m definitely going to hug you at Eroticon if you’re okay with that!” over the past year.)
2. The sessions!
A big part of the conference is the conference itself, after all! I’m a huge academic nerd and despite not having been in school for some time now, I’ve always loved the classroom setting. (As such, I’m particularly excited for both of Dr. Eleanor Janega’s talks – “Insatiable: A History of Women and Desire” and “Sex Object: The History of the Objectification of Sex” because history and smut are two of my favourite things, so they’re sure to be some excellent mash-ups.)
I walked away from the weekend last year with piles of notes and ideas that were evoked by absorbing the amazing energy the experts put out. I can’t wait to see what fires this year’s crop of speakers stokes for me and all the other attendees.
3. Meeting the writers and reuniting with favourite familiar faces.
Same same but different from point #1, there are some people I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know a lot better both online and in person (as a direct result of having attended Eroticon last year, in fact). I look forward to saying hi in person to all the writers I’ve had the pleasure of working with, to cultivating these relationships even further, picking up where we last left off with my best pals from last year to have even deeper more poignant conversations, being introduced to new prospective writers, getting in on some of the social action outside the confines of the conference rooms this year.
We are creating a play list of songs for the Friday Night Meet and Greet. Nominate one song that you would like us to add to the play list and tell us why you picked that song.
Boom by X Ambassadors.
I just discovered this tune last week. It’s all about walking (or proudly strutting, really) away from toxic relationships, turning any pain into power. I think it’s something a lot of us in this community can relate to. We’ve found this place because we’re looking for means to practice self-love and empower ourselves in spite of any insecurities or even past traumas. I think that it’s important to remind ourselves to ditch what doesn’t serve us, especially in a day when we spend so much time being poisoned by the toxicity of the internet feeds. It’s easy to get caught up in the murky undertow of all that if we’re not careful.
And above all else, this song catchy AF. I dare you to listen to it and not bob your head, tap your toe, and feel like that funky walking bass line is playing just for you.
What is your favorite item or book you’ve purchased so far this year?
A book – The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben.
There’s nothing smutty about it. It’s about how trees communicate and feel and love and live their lives together; their quirks and personalities and how they learn; how we humans compromise their existence with our ignorance.
It’s not a heavy read, but it’s taken me forever to get through because it’s so touching and beautiful that it brings me to literal tears every few pages.
Community is, to me, one of the most important things. That’s why I do what I do, and I consider every one of you reading this right now a fellow tree in the forest (I promise, that’s a huge compliment and testament of love). So this lovely little tree book, simple as it may seem, has really resonated with me.
You can have an unlimited supply of one thing for the rest of your life, what is it? Sushi? Scotch Tape?
What is your favourite quote from a movie?
“I’m sorry for calling you an inanimate object. I was upset.”
– Harry in In Bruges
What is your word suggestion to next years Eroticon anthology?
Complete the sentence:
I feel… like this is going to be one helluva year, folx.
P.S. If you’re looking for me, this here is the face to watch for. I look forward to seeing yours!