I was in Portland because my girlfriend was running their marathon (Yes, she finished. She's fabulous.), and over the same weekend, just a light rail ride away, was the Wordstock Festival - readings, panels, workshops, and a big convention floor of booths from Tin House and McSweeney's to a group of women with their self-published books who taught me a lot about how to effectively describe your own work. But back to the unexpected meeting.
There on the convention floor I saw the sign "Big Fiction Magazine" just about the same time a woman came from around the table, arms wide, and saying "Sandra?". It was Heather Jacobs, the editor-in-chief and visionary creator of Big Fiction Magazine which sponsors the Knickerbocker Prize. I won second place this year which meant I got to work with Heather on editing my story. It was a joy. We had such a good time. And there, in Portland, we had such a good, although brief, time again. And I met Jon Jacobs (Big Fiction's "tech guru") and baby Jacobs. And I came home with all the gorgeous back issues of Big Fiction. There's some good reading in my future.