Prism Book Alliance would like to thank Erica Pike for taking the time to talk with us today.
Prepping for GRL:
For most people, GayRomLit starts on October 16th, or the 15th if they’re attending the workshop. For me, the whole thing starts in five days, on the 11th when my cousin Thora and I step onto the airplane in Keflavik airport, Iceland. And boy, are we looking forward to it! It’s been raining non stop for weeks, as if the clouds are trying to extinguish the current volcanic eruption in Bárðarbunga. Needless to say, we can’t wait to get dry and see blue skies again. Now, if Bárðarbunga can behave for a few more days, we’ll land in Washington and then rent a car for the twelve-ish hour drive to Chicago. Our road trip will be stretched out over three days each way, because we won’t be able to resist shopping along the way, but as you can see, this is hours and hours of travel. The fact that we’re doing this for the third year in a row only proves how much fun we have on these trips.
So, a lot of time has gone into prepping this trip. Thora’s taken care of most of the travel details (that’s what she does for a living), while I’ve been busy organizing the GRL bit. I can’t even estimate how many hours have gone into that. Let’s see… I designed my own name cards, bookmarks, bookplates, and banner using the cover work of Black Hurricane. I put together a print anthology of my College Fun and Gays novelettes to have ready before GRL. A lot of authors made pre-order sheets where people could buy books cheaper, and I did that. I ordered 50 print copies of Hot Hands to give away at my SWAG table, and 30 of The Walls Have Ears to give away at the signing and the Author’s Lounge. I had to count and recount how many books I had to order for the pre-orders, the ones I’m giving away, the ones I’m selling (six copies of Black Hurricane), and the ones I’m bringing back to Iceland. Dreamspinner had a GRL sale that I couldn’t resist. Icelandic chocolates have always been a hit, so I’m doing that as extra SWAG again, which meant an hour and a half round trip to the city. I’ve also prepared a few special prizes that are still scattered all over the place since I just spent the last two weeks moving apartments >.< I already have a lot of paper SWAG and I’m bringing a bit of everything. Then there’s the time spent online reading information about the event, looking up costumes, the squealing and dreaming about GRL, everything I’m going to do, all the people I’m going to meet up with, etc. Like with the trip, this is hours upon hours of GRL-related prep, but I’ve enjoyed every bit of it and it’s all a part of the GRL experience.
Luckily, I won’t have to carry a lot of books and SWAG from Iceland (the same cannot be said on the way back!) as a friend in Chicago has allowed me to ship stuff to his house. So here’s the list of things I’m bringing from Iceland:
– Special prizes
– Small bag of makeup
– Small hairbrush
– Small straightening iron
– Toothbrush and toothpaste
– One set of change of clothes
– Phone + charger
– Kindle + charger
– Bag scale
– Plane ticket
That’s it. I’m buying the Opal Vodka at the airport.
Thora and I intend to go crazy in the shops on our way to Chicago. If I were to reveal the list of things to buy, it’d be a very long post. Obviously, clothes, makeup, toys, shoes, etc. is a lot cheaper in the USA. This isn’t the first time we go with almost empty suitcases only to bring them back pulling at the seams. Thora usually ends up packing my bags, because she’s traveled to soooooo many countries and has become an expert. In fact, her packing skills are the only reason I’m bringing her along. Okay, that last bit isn’t true. You’ll understand why I love traveling with her when you meet her.
Anyway, this post is a bit of a ramble. I’ve been so busy with moving apartments that I couldn’t think of a better topic. Clearly, packing for this trip is currently on my mind now that the packing and unpacking of the apartment is done.
Thanks so much for having me over, and see you soon!
About the Author:
Erica lives in Iceland with her adorable little twin boys. She often says that her real name sounds like Klingon to foreigners. Seriously, if “Eyjafjallajökull” looks like a random strings of characters, it’s nothing in comparison to Erica’s name.
She’s been writing for several years, or ever since reading became an obsession. Aside from a business degree, Erica has taken English courses at the University of Iceland and gulped down anything that might help her in her career as an author. She takes great interest in English, but will break every single grammar rule for the sake of The Voice.
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I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.
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