With the Clockwork Alchemy Convention only a few days away, my heart beats a bit faster each time I survey my preparations, thus far: handouts ready to print, business license acquired, copies of Echoes packed, logistics figured out ... wrapping my brain around the idea that I will be on a panel? I'm still working on this last one.
Facilitating and observing author panels is not new to me. I've had many opportunities to do both at the San Francisco Writers Conference, year after year. This time, however, I am the panel, and there will be no moderator present, which makes it more of a symposium.
The title of this upcoming panel is "Classic Victorian Poetry Today: The Awakening of Steampunk," which will focus on the relevance of writing "traditional" verse in the twenty-first century. "Traditional" in this case refers to poetic styles that predate the "Era of Modernism." Feels like pretty heady stuff, to me.
To paraphrase Dr. McCoy, "I'm a poet, not a historian!" However, my poetry does reflect the Cyberpunk and Steampunk eras as I internalized them. So, I'll be speaking from that specific conceptual framework so as not to step on the toes of those who know these eras well.
For now, I need to resume editing my notes, and tidying up all those little last-minute odds and ends that keep trying to flag me down on my way to being ready. Alas, I know all too well that there's no putting off "Tomorrow."