Rest in Peace, ElizaBeth

This was supposed to be a post about the fun time I had at Con-Volution.  There will be a post later about it.

I was at lunch with my mom today when I got a message from my friend Elanor.  “I was just looking at Facebook.  I saw a post from ElizaBeth Gilligan’s son.  She passed away last night in her sleep.”

I swallowed, shocked.

For those of you who don’t recognize the name, ElizaBeth was a fixture at BayCon.  She was the author of Silken Magic series as well as many short stories.  My connection to her is she edited the Alterna-Teas, and was the first person that I sold a short story to.

She was a sweetheart.  There are no other words.  I can’t say our relationship went past me submitting the story, but one night at BayCon, she saw me eating alone.  She waved me over and asked me to join them.  I spent the evening chatting with her family until I had to leave for a panel. She made sure that I felt included.

Rest in Peace, ElizaBeth.  You will be missed.