(Crossposted from Silk And Shadows)
This week’s topic is “The vacation untaken” (sort of a spin on Robert Frost’s ”The Road Not Taken,” perhaps, if you’re feeling poetical) but I thought I’d mention the trip I DID just take — the first annual RomCon romance readers convention.
I headed out to Denver Colorado early Friday morning. The sun is not up at 4:15, in case you were curious. The picture below — taken from the car on the way to the airport — is a good visual representation of my oracular and mental functioning at 4:15 a.m.:
The pale fuzzy squiggle at the top is the moon. Poor moon.
The convenient part of arriving at the airport so early is that I had time to visit the three Powell’s Books in the various concourses. And lo and behold…
Liam’s fine (and signed!) butt could become airborne at any moment. Much thanks to the Powell’s employees who were waaay more awake than me and helped me find my copies.
I took a nap on the plane and that was the last sleep for the weekend. I roomed with the always wickedly delightful Delilah Marvelle, who brought her infamous penis candy to give away by the handsful. (Well, not handsful, really; they were very tiny penises.)
The party started right away with workshop and events and author/reader chats. It was a convivial group. As one reader told me, she had come to the convention by herself but she felt completely comfortable finding an empty seat at dinner, knowing that everyone there was a fellow romance reader. If ever the conversation lagged (and trust me, it did not) one simple question could restart the talk for hours: “What do you read?”
My favorite events included:
Betwixt & Between Paranormal Tea: Paranormal romance authors and readers gathered for cookies and chatting.
Monster Charades: Despite being held at 10 a.m. (that’s almost as early as 4:14 a.m.!) on Saturday, the guessing-game of paranormal authors, titles, series, characters and creatures was huge fun. Thanks (and I mean that sarcastically) to author Carolyn Crane for coming up with some baffling stumpers that had us laughing through the guessing.
Build-a-Hero Workshop: The dark fae we created — Shikar of the magic hands — somehow lost out to the historical hero Sir Rochester, but we love him still. I was supposed to bring home the whiteboard where we’d written his description (including his… um, manly measurements) but I lost it at the Denver airport on the way home! Someone there is going to be very confused. Luckily, we took good notes:
And a close-up of the final version, written in the preternaturally tidy script of Elizabeth:
Thanks to Sabrina for forwarding me the pictures! And thanks to author Meagan Hatfield, especially for coming up with our team name: Team Awesome! We were, weren’t we?
I think the brightest highlight for me was the chance to sit with Nalini Singh, Christine Feehan and C.L. Wilson on a paranormal author panel. Can you imagine? Sitting next to those stars? In comparison, I looked a little like that fuzzy moon I posted earlier! But I felt very much at ease because they are among the nicest people in the world (or most other worlds you can imagine). The fact they write the stories that rock MY world is the frosting-and-sprinkles on the cupcake of my glee!
(If you’re on Twitter and want a blow-by-blow account, you can scroll back through #romcon for commentary.)
Last and best, I had the chance to meet readers, a few of whom had even read my stories 🙂 What a trip! I was on Cloud 9. Actually, I was above Cloud 9 and just a little to the north of Mt. Hood (thanks to Southwest Airlines and their two free bags policy which allowed me to bring 100 lbs. of giveaways and snacks):
The event is in the planning stages for next year in Denver. I’ll post word here as soon as I hear what’s up. I’d love to meet some Silk And Shadows readers at RomCon 2011!
What do you think? Would you be interested in attending a romance readers’ convention? Which author would you most want to meet?