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Woke up fairly early on Friday, mostly because the internal clock won’t let me sleep late. Had convivial breakfast with Beth Vaughn. Hit the How to Write a Comic Book panel. They had an artist drawing scenes on a white board as the editor and author talked through the various aspects of scripting and layout. V. informative.
Met Catherine Asaro for lunch and had a good talk. By then it was time to get ready for the Big Event —
The EBook Expo.
Thursday at Romantic Times was the day of my one panel, on fantasy world-building. I had to unfortunately breeze right past the estimable John Scalzi on the way to it. BTW, did I mention yet that the Columbus convention center is friggin HUGE? Well, it’s friggin’ HUGE! And you have to allow about as much time to get between panels as you did to get to class between buildings when you were in college.
Anyhow, the panel was me, Karen Miller and an agent whose name I am now blanking on. It was fairly well-atteneded, but veered off fast from world-building into the business of publishing. That’s okay with me. I’m glad to share what info I can.
After that it was time to meet Beth Vaughn and Rebecca York for lunch in the hotel resteraunt. The place was pretty much your average for a hotel, kinda slow service because they didn’t lay on enough staff for the big event, and over-priced, but I’ve got to say they have an absolutely KILLER chicken-tortilla soup. I could’ve eaten that all day.
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.