I can't believe I've been home for nearly a week. Where did my alter ego go? That woman who used make-up and hairspray ever day and night? The one who brought specific outfits for events, and wore - gasp - heels and strapless gowns? OK, so my roommate had to double sticky tape me into two of the dresses, and the special bra necessary cost almost as much as the dress. Hey, there's a reason for the DD of Dalton Diaz. Hmm. There's an answer I'll have to use in a contest some day. Anyhow, back to this TMI blog... Better yet, let's move on.
I have to say, the conference itself is the best large scale conference I have ever been to. The hotel sat on over 40 acres of tropical beauty, and it was set up like 2 story apartment buildings dotting the grounds. While that meant you could find yourself somewhat far from the convention center, restaurants, etc., it also meant that you didn't disappear in a gloomy, bad air hotel, never to see the sun for five days. I loved it.
The conference itself was well thought out, with workshop offerings for everyone at every stage of writing and bookselling, and parties/mixers galore for readers. There was always something interesting going on! Some of my favorite authors were there, including Joey Hill, Jessica Andersen, Cricket Starr, Ciana Stone, of course Ashlyn Chase, Emily Bryan, and oh too many to keep naming! I met fabulous people - special shout out to Lacey Savage, Liddy Midnight, Cheryl Dragon (who I got to sit next to at the booksigning!), Christine D'Abo, Brooke London, and Frances Stockton for making me feel welcome. Goes for Jess Andersen, too, but only as much as she wants to admit! Flat iron says hi. He misses you so. Oh, and I got to meet the best reader ever! Mary Stubbs, you rock! Not actually sure on the last name, but you know who you are.
A very special thank you from the bottom of my heart for all of the effort made to support our troops and their families, past and present. Yeah! I didn't break down and cry this year, thanks to Emily Bryan and Bobbi Smith.
Next up? The Maine retreat starting May 15th, and then Romanticon in Oct. Can't wait!