Um…no. I shudder to think of all I’ve missed and am still missing, sigh. But I am at the moment back in Miami–well, just outside Miami–and having a great time at my BFF’s house. Which is pretty cool. Yesterday we visited our old comic shop which was exciting; they’ve expanded! And we got a very warm welcome, which was awesome.
I should probably discuss RT but to be perfectly honest most of it is just a blur at this point and everyone else has been talking up their experiences anyway. I got to meet everyone–well, I’d already met Caitlin several times of course, but everyone else. That was seriously cool. And they’re just how I expected them to be. Twitter followers are already aware of the hell that was the pirate dinner theater, and of the copious amounts of booze which found its way down our respective throats. I am still trying to get my voice back after straining to be heard over the noise everywhere, but it’s cool. I think I actually sound kind of sexy.
Some highlights, well, everything pretty much was a highlight–except the serious lack of accessible internet at that hotel–but these things stand out:
Okay, technically this is not RT, but. The hubs and I took the girls to Disneyworld the day before RT. Disney anything is so not my thing, but I managed to amuse myself for the most part by smoking, wishing for booze, and giving dirty looks. But one thing did cheer me up. Outside the Pirates ride there’s a booth where they carve rings. We got them for Princess (who has an unusual name so whenever we find something we can personalize for her, we do) and Faerie. But the rings are rather delicate, so not for me… Until I saw the chunky MAN rings. And had a thought.
Yes. I am now the owner and proud wearer of the world’s most awesome, tacky badass ring: a big chunky silver one that says KANE. I know. You all want one too. There are many like it–or I’m sure there will be–but this one is mine. And yes, it fucking rocks.
Also visited the Small World ride for the first time ever, which was surprisingly not as bad as I thought, but that might be because I never had a bad trip to flashback on in there.
Then came RT, and the great stuff was…
Hanging out with Caitlin again. I can’t believe I won’t see her again until September. Also got to meet Richelle Mead, which was really cool, and Jackie Kessler, whose boys are marrying my girls. And of course got to hang with Kaz Mahoney a bit again, which was great.
Dakota Cassidy. She smolders, baby. And is awesome.
Mark Henry was, of course, just as funny and cool and everything as I thought he would be, and he and his wife are cute as buttons together.
Michelle Rowen, Miriam Kriss, and I almost peed ourselves laughing at the pirate dinner theater.
I got to meet my CP, finally!! Unfortunately Anna wasn’t feeling very well, so I felt bad trying to drag her out to places or to hang with me at the bar. I did have a great time smack-talking her when I signed copies of Demon’s Triad–like “The best parts of this book are mine,” etc.–but she wasn’t feeling up to reciprocating. Or perhaps she just knew there was no point, muahahaha.
Also got to hang out with Christine D’Abo and Carole Nelson Douglas, which was totally fun.
Mario Acevedo is so awesomely bloodthirsty. It totally turned me on.
Had a GREAT evening chatting with Patrice Michele and Jeri Smith-Ready, both of whom are just awesome, fascinating, great people.
Honestly, I met so many cool people I’m afraid to mention them all would just take forever. Michelle Bardsley. Jeanne Stein. LA Banks HUGGED ME. Sat next to EC author Stephanie Julian at the signing and had a great time chatting, in between talking to actual readers! People who bought my books! Some people brought their own copies for me to sign which was really amazing. Also had a great little chat with Tina Burns from Loose-Id and met Angela James from Samhain, in addition to getting a big old hug from Raelene Gorlinsky; all three of them were interviewed here on the blog in summer 07, if you recall, so it was especially neat. I felt like a mover and shaker, y’all.
And I have to go to Target now, and force myself not to get a big whipped-cream-covered Frappucino at the Target Starbucks. I am having some serious trouble keeping my diet with all the yummy food around. So far I’m being pretty good, but the temptation to go crazy with the peanut butter M&Ms and the Lay’s potato chips and Chips Ahoy and Papa John’s and Wendy’s and everything else is pretty bad. Not to mention all the things I could bake, or the ice cream, or the restaurants… Sigh. I have to keep reminding myself of the new small clothes I bought.
But I am having a great time.