Monday, March 29, 2021

My FIRST Norwescon!

 


I've done readings, book signings, a book launch, and exhibited at an inaugural reading summit for Oregon librarians, but THIS will be my very first time as a panelist at a literary conference. Yes, I'm nervous, but more so I am SO SUPER EXCITED!

Norwescon is the Pacific Northwest’s premier science fiction and fantasy convention. I was invited to participate for their 2020 event, but, well, you know... covid. But they're back, this time virtually. I'm sad to not have the in-person experience, especially since this is my first time in attendance, but I know it'll still be fantabulous!


Come listen, engage, and play at any one of the seven panels I'm on. See my itinerary below (all times Pacific Standard and subject to change):

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Dreams Do Come True

To the really young me that spent every weekend at the library, reading every Judy Blume and Beverly Cleary book she could get her hands on.

To the confident me that loved making up stories and living in my imagination.

To the self-conscious me that took poetry in college because she just knew she'd be a writer, but then let that dream go because everyone else was so much better.

To the unconscious me that had gotten lost in the accounting world and after relocating to D.C., eventually rediscovered her love of writing.

To the dedicated me that spent many late nights and weekends working on her craft.

To the fearless me that moved cross-country to Portland, OR to pursue her dream of writing full-time.

To the defeated me that gave up many, many times, overwrought with fear, doubt and shame.

And to the persistent me that eventually picked myself up again and again, reminding me why I write: to entertain, empower, and inspire.

Thanks to all the pieces of me, we did it: 


My debut middle grade novel SIR FIG NEWTON sold to Aladdin/Simon & Schuster!!!! 


And thank you, thank you, thank you to my amazing agent, Ronald Gerberand to my editor, Alyson Heller, for believing in me and my book.

Dreams Do Come True,
PlayWrite
www.bysonjathomas.com/

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Me, Myself and I

What's the hardest thing you've ever done? Definitely in my top five is attending the ten day Vipassana silent meditation retreat this past June. It's also one of the BEST things I've ever done for myself.

I've practiced meditation on and off for many years. From Thich Nhat Hanh inspired walking meditations at a solo spiritual retreat in Hawaii to weekly guided meditations & dharma talks led by Tara Brach at the Insight Meditation Community of Washington with up to 250 attendees. But I've never incorporated a consistent daily practice into my life. Until now.

My friend and hairdresser extraordinaire, Mychal, told me about the retreat five or six years ago. I'm always up for challenging myself and growing spiritually, but it just never seemed to fit into my schedule. Until this year.

This is NOT a vacation. This is WORK. This is a HUGE commitment to learn and experience the Vipassana technique. A way of meditation to eradicate suffering. And for me, it was a chance to truly live in the present moment, more connected to myself and others than I've felt in a long time.

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

I AM



I am silly. I am giggly. I'm a curvy, curly-headed chick. I'm a daughter, sister, listener, friend. I'm introverted and confident. I'm a writer, number cruncher. I'm a lover of Excel. I am black. I am white. I'm a tree hugger, animal lover. I'm abundant. I am grateful. I'm a dancer, singing off-key. I'm a bit crazy for latte with oat milk. I am spiritual, physical, mental, emotional. I'm sitting still in silence. I'm shouting for what I believe. I am salty. I am sweet. I am joy. I am peace.

I am many puzzle pieces. These are just a few. Sometimes they don't all fit, so then I try on something new. I am many. I am the two most magical words that ever existed: 


I am expansive. I am infinite. I am awareness.
Who are you?


Just Be!
PlayWrite
http://www.bysonjathomas.com/