So, the majority of the last week in April was spent at the Romantic Times Booklovers convention.
I’ve got to say, a lot of Romantic Times would be very familiar to the habitual SF con goer. The panels are all called workshops, and there are way more women, but otherwise…lots of hallway discussions, lots of funky and interesting clothing and costuming, lots of people talking in their own jargon, lots of mundanes who want to know what the HECK is going on here.
The drive went fine, check-in was very organized, in fact my roomie Cindy Pape and I were the first in line. People were friendly and ready to welcome a first timer (yes, I was an RT virgin and the term was used a lot). I hadn’t been there three hours before I met my first cover model, went to first room party, crashed my first publisher’s party and had editor show off new tattoos. This was also a first.
And that was pretty much Tuesday.
The big event Wednesday was the Intergalactic Bar & Grill, which was put on by the SF writers who come to RT. It is a well-attended shin-dig, as you can tell by the line up:
There was a fine suite of writers hosting the event, including Catherine Asaro, Linnea Sinclair and Jade Lee. For those who wonder how much cross-over there is between SF and Romance, I offer the following photo as evidence that it is in fact pretty strong:
BTW, that’s a balloon-animal Marvin the Martian she’s holding, and it’s mine now.
But then, you can get hold of all sorts of interesting things at this gathering: