RT 2010 Part Deux

This past week I’ve been attending the 2010 RT Booklover’s Convention. It was my first writing related convention, and I had a blast. I don’t think we got to bed before 2am a single night, and we had to be up early every day, so I’m sort of brain dead right now, but it was very interesting work-wise and very fun networking-wise.

There was a PBS reporter who came to dinner with us and ended up coming to our hotel room to see what happens when three romance writers pack for a convention with a lot of costume parties. Plus, my roommates were Eden Bradley and Lilli Feisty, two of the Smutketeers, so they had a bunch of steampunk costumes. We had seven suitcases and thirty-two pairs of shoes between the three of us. I must admit, I have not had much occasion to wear costumes in the past twenty years, so that was a bit of a challenge for me, but I think it turned out well. Of course, I had Eden and Feisty helping, so I couldn’t go too wrong.

Mostly, since it was my first conference, I absorbed information and experiences during the day, and had fun talking to people and dancing at night. There were four dance parties, the Ellora’s Cave Paint the Town Red night, Fairy Ball, Vampire Ball and Dorchester’s Prom Night. By Saturday night, we were exhausted and ended up not going to the Prom Night party. After the dancing we went to the hotel bar, where I chatted up the Funeral Home convention attendees. That made for some fascinating conversations, I promise you! Also, those guys are good for a girls ego 😛

I’ll stop babbling now and go with pictures.

Eden and I were able to travel together, and we started the trip off right with a small welcoming committee. When we landed in Ohio, I noticed activity outside my window and looked down. Turned out I was directly over the compartment that the baggage handlers had hooked their ramp up to. We started watching the bags, to make sure ours were there, when the guys noticed us. They hammed it up for us and even managed to jump up and smack my window, then posed when I got the camera out. It was a very warm welcome 😀

Baggage Handlers

Columbus, OH Baggage Handlers

Eden and KB

Starting Day One with my roommate, Eden Bradley (left)

Walking across the stage

The EC dancers escorted the authors across the stage as we were introduced

RG Alexander, me, Eden Bradley

RG Alexander, me, Eden Bradley

Fairy Ball Prep

RG Alexander and Eden Bradley getting ready for the Fairy Ball

KB and Feisty

Lilli Feisty and Me, ready for the Fairy Ball

Air Fairy Eden Bradley

Eden Bradley at the Fairy Ball

Fairy Ball

RG Alexander and Crystal Jordan at the Fairy Ball

Me and Eden Bradley at the Fairy Ball

Me and Eden Bradley at the Fairy Ball

My very first signing

Being attacked by a zombie at the Vampire Ball

Me, Eden Bradley and Lilli Feisty and the Vampire Ball

Me, Eden Bradley and Lilli Feisty at the Vampire Ball

Vampire Ball

I think this is my attempt at looking fierce. Not entirely sure 😛

The End

Slightly after the moment that I decided I wasn't going to wear high heels again for at least nine months

And that was the last night. I wore more makeup, dresses and shoes than I normally do in six months, and I met some amazingly kind and wonderful people. And I signed a couple of autographs, lol. Overall, a great experience. I’m excited that RT is in Los Angeles next year, so I can do it again without having to lose two days to travel time.

5 comments to “RT 2010 Part Deux”

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    On May 3rd, 2010 at 5:25 pm, R.G. Alexander said...

    You looked amazing! I miss you already. It’s ridiculous. If only I could convince the Cookie to move to L.A.

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    On May 3rd, 2010 at 8:23 pm, KB Alan said...

    You’re too far away, it’s just not right!! Fix it!

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    On May 5th, 2010 at 1:08 pm, berryblu said...

    😀 That looks like sooooo much fun. I’ve been able to go to 2 RTC’s and they are wonderful for readers, too.

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    On May 5th, 2010 at 5:58 pm, Eden Bradley said...

    K.B.-you were the best room mate! I had sooooooo much fun with you at RT!
    And RG-tell the Cookie to please just move to LA-we promise not to fall into the ocean-and we need you here!

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    On May 5th, 2010 at 10:27 pm, KB Alan said...

    Berryblu – I was actually thinking that next year I’d like to go to more of the reader panels. Did you go to those? I know some of the readers like to go to the writing panels, too.

    *whispers* Eden, maybe if they come to LA for RT next year, we should pull out the restraints and just keep them here.