In addition to the two events, I went to SXSW Music festival and realized that I've been to Austin for either the Music or Interactive portion about 6 times. Yeesh.
Was it fun? It was okay. Even though I've been happy with the book's response, real life has crept in and in theory, I could have had a better time if my mind hadn't been in other places. The last year has in some ways been great, as I've been able to accomplish a lot, but in other ways, it has been extremely hard. I hung out with some friends in Austin, spoke on a couple of panels and did a book signing, shared a hotel room with MilitiA Vox (pictured above) and had an amazing time developing a solid friendship with her, but again, life is rough, yo.
After SXSW, I flew to Detroit to attend the Black Women Rock concert, which was a blast. Was it "rock" relation to what I write about? No. Rock, in this sense, meant alternative R&B, soul and funk musicians who had a different viewpoint in how they approach music. Was it inspiring? Yes it was. After my sojourn to Austin, being around these incredible black women was just what I needed to get my mind back on track. The panel discussion which happened the next day, was bizarre, as all of the panelists (me included) shed tears of pain, exhaustion and a bit of greatfulness at the opportunity to be with people who understood who we were and what we were trying to accomplish with our careers.