This lovely little girl fulfilled a lifelong fantasy for me – being met at the airport with someone holding a sign just for me!
What the picture doesn’t show clearly is the glitter and the feathers that are adorning it. It’s coming home with me for sure and then being posted over my desk!
I finally got there after waiting for the plane first to arrive, then to be cleaned out, then we got loaded but had to wait on the tarmac while they scrambled with ‘manpower shortages’ to find someone to load the baggage one. But we did finally arrive.
We went into the hotel today and registered – went straight up without having any lineups, hallelujah. Sat down in the atrium and were talking with a few old friends and a few new. And several ladies sat down and introduced themselves – I was reading a workshop listing and didn’t catch their names but looked up and thought “Gee, that lady looks familiar.”
Cathy Maxwell. One of my first “OMG OMG OMG This is an author I KNOW” moment. I’ve READ this lady’s writing and love it and here I am talking with her!
And then I went down to the booksigning and talk about overload … No, I never got to actually see Nora. But I saw Jo Beverly, Victoria Alexander – OMG my brain is on overload – there were HUNDREDS of authors and I recognized a lot of the names. I stopped in to say hi to TRW’s Michelle Rowen, and Kate Bridges, stopped Kayla Perrin in the hall and said hi, got a signature from Tawny Weber from the Black Diamond’s Romance Writers guild – one of the judges on the contest I recently finalled in. Said hi to Cricket Starr/Janet Miller of EC and Cerridwen. And I met and said hi to Robin Rotham also of EC. It was so neat to be able to put real faces to the names.
And I met Red Garnier of Ellora’s Cave. But I forgot to get a picture of her. I’m supposed to be meeting her again on Friday, so I’ll try to remember one then. She’s a little bitty thing but a real spitfire.
I saved the best for last. Hold onto your chair …JR Ward – I met her, talked to her. OMG OMG OMG!