My regular Monday morning post has turned into a Monday night post, but that’s the kind of havoc a week at RT Booklover’s Convention will play with your schedule. This was my first RT and there are several differences between it and a science fiction convention:
1. Everyone is dressed up.
2. Everyone seems to shower (I applaud this) and they wear make up and do their hair (who are these people?).
3. Almost everyone is female.
4. There’s a Book Fair at the end at which you can buy books and have them signed by the author. But there’s no dealer’s room. Instead of there being stuff for sale, everyone at RT is desperate to give you free stuff. For instance, here’s my new collection of ballpoint pens:
I was ruthless about bringing home a small selection of books RUTHLESS. Here’s the loot:
By far the most delightful aspect of RT was finally meeting my fellow Smart Bitches from Smart Bitches, Trashy Books face to face. The conference was good but the time I spent with my friends was FABULOUS. We talk online every singe day and to meet face to face was like taking a deep breath of fresh air.
As far as convention events, I went to a lot of things that were pitched at readers, just for fun, and I also attended some panels on self-publishing and on blogging – so expect great things in the next year. As Bathsheba says in Far From the Madding Crowd, “It is my intention to astonish you all.” Right after I sleep for a whole week and wake up just in time for a day trip to Baycon!