So, a recap of this year’s RT.
Tuesday was a blur of getting a room, scoping the food court, meeting up with friends, testing out the bar, driving to the mall for a replacement nose ring (not for me), buzzing a porn shop (no one else wanted to go inside), going to a convenience store firmly rooted in the hood, and coming back to the hotel to discover we’d missed dinner and there was a 45 minute wait in the hotel dining room. Yeah. I bought a bottle of Black Cherry Cisco that is still sitting, unopened, on my dining room table. For those of you have no idea what this is (like me) it is, apparently, MD 20/20’s crackhead uncle. (I have to say that Bumwine.com) may be my new favorite website, though! Ahhhh, the sweet smell of knowledge!
The ONLY day I adhered to the tenets of #twitloss. Wednesday, I mostly stuck to the Bookseller/Librarian panels, although I did take time out to swing by Multicultural/Interracial Panel: the Color of Love which was awesome. Kimberly Kaye Terry, Ann Aguirre, Kate Douglas Keisha Mennefee and Vivi Anna talking about their world building, how they include a variety of cultures into said worlds, the stereotype pitfalls they’ve seen in other people’s books, and how they avoid that in their own books, and the great shelving dilemma. It was a fascinating hour, and if I wasn’t so lazy, I’d go into great detail about the conversation. But, I am.
More bookseller workshops. Of them all, the only one I wish I’d skipped was the Social Media Twitter/Facebook workshop. Honestly, it felt like the group was split between those who already know and love Twitter and FB, and those who could care less. This workshop didn’t help either one of us, in other words. I probably would have liked the Reader party: “It’s fun to be bad” or the Romantic Suspense workshop “Bond, James Bond” much better. But, you know, that’s just the nature of these conferences. You pick what you think you’ll like and if you win more often than not, great. This was really the only *miss* of the conference, so that is a good percentage!
The author chat with Jim Butcher, Charlaine Harris and MaryJanice Davidson was missing a Y chromosome thanks to flight delays. As I am a total and complete Butcher fangirl, this was sadness for me. BUT, if you’ve ever seen Charlaine Harris and/or MaryJanice Davidson, you know they tend to be hilarious by themselves. The two of them together were, indeed, crazy train in the best kind of way. I don’t watch True Blood so I must admit that even though I listened to the details, none of them stuck with me. (Sorry, true blood peeps!) Harris had nothing but complimentary things to say about the show, though. Yes, it is different than the books, but that’s okay. You can enjoy the show, or the books, or all of the above. MaryJanice talked a little bit about how Disney keeps buying the rights to the Fred (mermaid) books and then renews when it runs out. The theory is that they don’t want any mermaid competition in the world. But, as long as someone keeps PAYING for the right to keep it out of the media market, that is just fine with her. (Can’t say as I blame her there!) And, apparently, there is going to be a Betsy…..something. Show? Movie? But……..in Germany. Sorry, Davidson fanfolk, not here in the States.
Afterwards, there was a Samhain party that delivered one of my favorite pieces of swag from the entire conference: the Samhain canvas bag. It was heavy, it was pretty, it was the perfect size for carrying books. I got lots of canvas bags at RT, but this one was my absolute favorite. It KILLED me to give it away, but it went to a good home. A Samhain aficionado I work with was thrilled to get it.
(by the way, I gave away nearly everything I got (for free) at RT. Shoot me your email addy if you want to see what I got and offered up to staff.)
The rest of the night was the Ellora’s Cave party…..which I missed. I was just too tired to get gussied up in red for the evening. From what I hear, I didn’t miss much. I spent a little bit of time down in the bar Monday night, but the rest of it up in my room reading and watching tv.