Was amazing. Fun. Harder than any ConCaro before. Less relaxing than any before. More emotional than any before (and that part for reasons I can’t quite articulate). Too many panels. Wow. They really worked us! The three MW seminars were *great,* but were held in rooms that were waaaay too small — standing room/sitting room-on-the-floor only. But David and Misty and I shared what we knew and the Q&As were terrific. (Someone got a pic of me snarling at David. I think he probably deserved it. LOL)
We had a fantastic MW lunch on Saturday at Boardwalk Billy’s. 52 people attended! There were several parties. And for me, Mom and her bestie and my bestie were there, which means responsibility that always goes beyond the usual Con responsibilities . David B Coe had his daughter there. Schlomo came to visit for a good one liner. (Inside joke.) Misty had her family. AJ Hartley, Carrie Ryan, Stuart Jaffe, and John Hartness, Kalayna Price, James Tuck Jr., and Edmund Schubert were all there, along with some of our part-time posters like Gail Z Martin. I know I have forgotten people because I’m fuzzy brained. There were Bunches of MWers–too many to even try to name! Having so many MWers there and so many of my own Beast Claws there meant lots of people! Yeah. It was amazing!
Oh. Beast Claws: My street team (AKA active fan club). They PR Jane Yellowrock and her books. They came to support me and to meet new authors to read. And that was so nice of them! Most went home with lots of books or lots of e-book titles to buy later.
Anyway. It was fun and intense and wonderful. And as busy as my days were, I missed doing so much. I missed just sitting around visiting with friends. I missed going to meals with friends. I missed communication cues with pals. (rolls eyes) I missed my dogs who were at home with the sitter. I spent too much money in the dealer’s room. And would have spent more if I hadn’t been so busy with panels!
Oh. And the interview: WFAE . Which was just strange. I have no idea how the reporter picked me. And I tried to share her with the other writers. Sometimes it’s just luck. Just pure luck.
The best part of the Con was the new stuff I learned about digital PR, internet films, blogs, ITunes, and IPads… I learned so much! If the MWers who were there learned half as much, you got your money’s worth! It was lovely.
When I left at dusk Sunday night the MWers who were still there were already talking about next year. They were making advance reservations because George RR Martin will there next year and the Con will have to limit reservations. Likely there will be no pass-purchases at the door and reservations might be closed early. Here is the site, and if you plan to come, sign up for the summer rate. http://concarolinasreg-es2.eventbrite.com/?rank=1 And make your reservations at the hotel. It will be sold out fast.
And as I drove off, some folks were talking about hosting a Magical Words writers retreat. Anyone have thoughts about that?
Anyone want to comment on the best thing they learned or did at ConCarolinas?
And, hey, if you have Con pics and can figure out how to post them here, do so! I am opening the comments to you guys. Talk to me.
Now I am home and the Hubby is painting the writing room, we are waiting on the floor guy to finish the new wood floors, and waiting for the new tile for the kitchen. Lots of waiting. Lots of fumes. Lots of stuff going on. Deadlines. Oy.
Next post will be about something more writerly. Like endings… Or rewrites. Or something Schlomo.