So, tomorrow it's off to Barcelona and MIRcon, both of which I'm looking forward to very much.

The last time I was in Barcelona was back in 1998, when I and my friend Anna decided to follow the pilgrimage trail to Santiago de Compostela. She was interested in architecture, I was a comparative religion buff with an interest in the wandering of mother goddess attributes and iconography from east to west. We were both massive fans of medieval history and conspiracy theory. The pilgrimage route was pretty much our dream journey. We didn't walk all the way; we started out taking buses along the route, then hooked up with a bunch of Australian SCAists along the way and then walked the last 100 kilometers. For a couple of thoroughly unathletic goths, that's no mean feat. It hurt. But it was even more awesome than our wildest dreams. So, I'm excited to be back. And I'm just as excited to say hi to my Spanish readers, who have said the kindest things about my work (and once even organized a LARP inspired by my short story "Sing" - how's that for a compliment?).

I arrive on Thursday, and will stay for all of MIRcon. I'll also be at Libréria Gigamesh on Friday at 19.00. Don't miss out on the chance to see the other visiting guests at MIRcon:  Christopher Priest, Nina Allan, Aliette de Bodard, Félix J Palma and many more.

And please come say hi if you want to. I have a pretty bad case of bitchy resting face, but beneath my dour exterior I'm quite nice. Should I suddenly break off and leave, it's probably not because I hate you, but because I'm also a massive introvert.