Another conference comes to a close. This time it was Bouchercon 45. Great conference, though, since it was my first Bouchercon, it was a bit overwhelming. 2,000 people and more fantastic panels than I could possibly attend in a month. I was still on the high of having a book come out earlier in the month, and even high humidity that contributed to some bad hair days couldn’t knock me down.
Lessons learned: take pictures. Lots and lots of pictures. (I did not). Try to get a room in the conference hotel (I did not), wear flats (I did), and know that at some point of a conference, I will get exhausted to the point of crankiness (I did).
The week in pictures and comments:
Tuesday: Took the train from Hollywood. Conference travel for $1.75. Can’t beat that. Roommate and bestie (and Mysterista Emeritus) Kendel Lynn and I headed off to the grocery store for conference essentials.
The extra glamorous view outside of our hotel room. Not to worry, we only needed that room to sleep, eat bowls of cereal, and establish the fact that when we’re away from home, we live like rock stars.
Wednesday: Fabulous day of forensics with Sisters in Crime. No photos. Totally worth it. Just one of many reasons why it’s important to belong to Sisters in Crime!
Thursday: Kicked the day off with Author Speed Dating. After brief pitch rehearsing, we were ready to hit the ground running. Then off to the Hyatt to fill up the swag table, mingle with friends, and take in some panels.
“Short But Mighty” panel Speaking of rock stars, these peeps have staked their claim on short story territory. Craig Faustus Buck, Travis Richardson, Barb Goffman, Robert Lopresti, Paul D. Marks, and Art Taylor. Art Taylor went on to win the McCavity award later the same night. Congrats, Art!
Friday: Big day for me. Not one, but two sessions. Powered up on Cheerios and coffee and hit the ground running!
Saturday: After a fantastic breakfast with Sisters in Crime, where I managed to both tear up and forget to take photos, I headed out to the conference.
Sunday: After the conference, Susan Boyer, Kendel Lynn, and I headed off to the Queen Mary for High Tea.
Monday: As always, it was great to get away from real life and exist in the world of mysteries for a week, but all too quickly it was time to go home. Back to the grindstone tomorrow!