Alright, it took a week for me to do it, but I'm finally back in the groove of life. Hard to believe that a week away can mess with you so much! Sheesh!
So, RT Booklovers Convention was AMAZING! This was my first one and I'm pretty sure it won't be my last. I met so many amazing people - fans, bloggers, authors - I was completely blown away. I'd never been to Texas before so that was pretty exciting for me too.
I arrived at the Hyatt Regency Dallas mid-afternoon. That place is HUGE! I checked in, went to my room, did a little happy dance and then went back down to the lobby level to explore a bit. Everyone who registered for the convention got a free goody bag/tote. Inside were books, post cards, swag...tons of stuff. The entire lobby area was decorated with giant posters of some of the biggest names in romance - everywhere you looked, there were pictures of books!
I was fortunate enough to meet up with some great ladies at that point from the Fresh Fiction Blog and Book Partners in Crime. Such an awesome group of ladies and throughout the week they were incredibly gracious to me and helped me because I was a bit overwhelmed.
After hanging out with them for a little while, I went back to exploring the hotel - like I said, it was massive. My room was on the 17th floor overlooking the atrium and bar/restaurant area. At one point I met up with author Sara Humphreys (who is super cool!) and talked with her for a bit. Then I was wandering around and was coming up the escalator from the lower level and who do I see hanging out in the little food/snack market?
I gasped and the people behind me were like, "Oh my god! Are you okay?"
Um...yes. Just having a major fan-girl moment. Don't mind me.
Did I go over and say hello? No. Instead I was going for cool. Calm. Collected.
I left the market with $22 in candy and soda.
Go ahead, you can say it. LOSER!!!
And to keep the loser vibe going, I ate dinner by myself and then locked myself in my room because I was completely overwhelmed. It was nice having the whole room and king size bed all to myself. The view outside the room wasn't all that great. Who knew there was so much construction going on in Dallas or that all of the roads were torn up? So I kept my curtains closed most of the time.
But still...deluxe room to myself. Room service. No cooking for a week, meeting all of my writing idols and the TV remote all to myself.Not a bad way to travel...