Wow. That is all I can really say. It was one amazing trip, and I'm hoping to save up the money to do it again next year. I took a long list of people I wanted to meet, and...well... met most of them along with many new faces too. (well, new faces and names to me)
I think this is going to be the marathon post for a Convention post for me. Yes, I did that much stuff, and saw that many people. Well, what do you expect in 3 days? Okay, if you really want to count, it was 48 hours total, but man was it packed!
|Michael Sullivan, Me|
Sorry for all the babbling in between here, but this was such a fun trip and I got to share it all with someone who is into this stuff, but all I had to share this weekend was brand spankin' new to him. Love that!
Okay, on we go. We are now at Balticon. We found the ticket booth by accident (ladies bathroom upstairs was closed and had to go downstairs). Checked in to get my badge for the Con. The room wouldn't be available till after 4pm (which it really wasn't, I tried early.) Down here we found Artist Alley. We browsed through the hall, and I'll mention it's not a long hallway, but plenty to see as you walk down, and through the art gallery we went (where you can bid and purchase art).
Then we decided to walk around the halls to get to know where we were and what was going on. We didn't plan on hitting any panels just yet (although they were going on, several each hour through midnight). I don't really remember what we did all afternoon, really. We walked through the dealer room which was like a huge book store. People where selling books everywhere! First thing I said, It wasn't fair. I didn't have enough money to buy all the books in there. *pout*
|Me, Michael Sullivan, Robin Sullivan|
On we went to the... yes, you guessed it, I'm on vacation people. Kid and husband are at home. Time to cut loose! I suggested the bar. I'm a bar hound, what can I say? We had a few beers until our room was ready. Took a bit to get that all taken care of, I ordered 1 room with 2 double beds, got a room with 1 king. Um, this is my brother people, not my husband. But the hotel was great and fixed it up. We got the right room. But in the afternoon visit to the bar I got to see Jon Sprunk and chat with him, also Peter V. Brett was there. We meet his girlfriend and got to pick on Peter. It was fun, and he made it so easy. LOL! Sorry Peter, but it was fun.
|When does an alien or a magic-wielder become a god or a demon?|
Then, back to the bar! Yes, that happens a lot this weekend. Glad to say Michael Sullivan walked in and joined us. Also, was thrilled to see Jon Sprunk (1 of the seven as well) walk in and chat sit with us as well. Heath and I ordered food, and beer. I got to chat with Michael for a time. Philippa Ballantine and Tee Morris come in (two more of the 7 I must see), and I get to say hello to them. I mention to Pip I need to find Alex White (the remaining of 7 I must see) and she calls over to him and he stops by. Great to finally meet these amazing and talented people! So, I chat and stuff my face. Then off to a nine o'clock panel.
|Dynamic Voice Acting 1|
|Tee Morris, Tad Daley, Pip Ballantine at Reading|
Okay, back to the bar. (yes, I told you this happens a lot! Give me a break. Geez.) Michael Sullivan is at the table we left (we had said we'd be back, and we were) with a few others. Now, this is where I have to say I'm horrific with remembering names. Really. And it wasn't from the beer, I didn't have that much to drink. But, the one person that was there and stayed to talk and laugh with us was Collin Earl. A new author to me. But we had a wonderful time talking about all sorts of things, bookish and not. Before we know it, it's 2 o'clock am. Yeah. Where the hell did the time go? So, we left the bar to step out in the courtyard where others where hanging out.
Here I got to talk with Alex White some along with a few others. But my eyes where getting heavy and headed off to the room shortly after saying hello. It had been a long day! I woke up at 6am to get ready to go and load up, and didn't get to bed till midnight on Friday. My poor body can't take the 6am to 2am time frame any more. Dang, I'm really not that old!
Saturday morning, which is the marathon day of panels for us, I can sleep in some... right. I was up by 7:30am. Dang that internal clock! Five hours of sleep just doesn't do it for me anymore...okay, truth, it never really worked for me when I was 21. So we found the little cafe, got muffins and COFFEE! and off we went for the 9 o'clock reading with Chris Evans, Ruth Lampi, and Janine K. Spendlove. Yes, did you see that!?! Captain America himself! LOL. No this is the wonderful fantasy author Chris Evans of the Iron Elves trilogy. They decided to do little pieces of their stories and hold us all in suspense! Darn these amazing authors. lol. I had never heard of Ruth Lampi or Janine K. Spendlove before this reading, but they are wonderful. Ruth read from her YA fantasy series, sounds rather good, and Janine read her short story for an anthology coming out. Loved her story! Reminded me of Men in Black movies. Chris read from his third book, Ashes of Black Frost, and the beginning of a new work he has at the editors. Really descriptive reads. Wow.
|The Fantasy of Physics panel|
1pm We are now sitting in the reading of several authors affiliated with the Broad Universe Reading. This session was 1hour and 20minutes, longer than the normal 50minutes. We got through many authors which several were new to me, but a few I knew. Elaine Covidae, Trisha J. Wooldridge, Kelly A. Harmon, Danielle Ackley-McPhail (those are the 4 I knew of), Jean Marie Ward, Trish Wilson, P. Bush, Roxanne Bland, Jody Lynn Nye, T.J. Perkins, S.J. Tucker, and a few new additions as well. Elaine read from her book which I just reviewed not so long ago, The Sorceress's Orc. Eep!
So, we took a break for lunch. We were starved. Walking down the road to find cheaper food we realized just how stinking hot it was outside, and I was baking in the hotel during the convention! Wow! Then back to the hotel and to the room for me to unload my weighted book bag. (yes, I'm the big geek, carrying tons of books to get autographed by these amazing authors.)
|Tee Morris, Me, Pip Ballentine|
|Tee Morris @ Shared Desk|
|Pip @ Shared Desk|
|Panel for Making the Jump, from Indie House to Corporate Publisher|
After this I was able to catch up with Pip and Tee for a short while. I got books signed, and they signed my winnings for me as well. We got to chat for a few. This was nice to have a few calm minutes to talk. Then on to dinner everyone went.
|Alex White, Me|
I got to talk with Veronica R. Giguere. See while I was in the Dynamic Voice 1 I kept looking at her name. I knew I knew it. And I did. I know Veronica from Twitter. She found me through Tee, and we chat every once in a while. So it was great to finally get to meet her and talk to a person for a change.
8pm I head up to the next panel on my list: Which comes first: Main Character or supporting cast? Moderated by: David Wood, Speakers: Jean Marie Ward, barbara Friend Ish, James Maxey, Elaine Corvidae, David Sherman, Pete Prellwitz. I picked this panel because Elaine was on it and I was curious about the subject. They got to talking about the supporting cast pretty good here. Always interesting to see what authors come up with and how.
|J.R. Blackwell, Me|
|What the Frak is Steampunk panel|
After the panel, I was beat. Really. I couldn't hold my eyes open. I wanted to party hearty, but just couldn't do it. I took more pictures and said my good-byes to Tee and Pip afraid I would not see them in the morning before I left. And I'm glad I did, because I didn't see them before I left. And I went to bed.
|Reading by Nathan O. Lowell, Alex White, and Michael Sullivan|
10am and we are looking for Elaine Corvidae to say good bye, I couldn't leave with out saying bye to her. We walked around the Dealer room after it opened, I purchased a short audio story for one of the amazing voices I'd heard the night before; Laura Nicole (which we did listen to on the way home). And bumped into Alex. I got to say my good byes to everyone and we were gone. On the road after getting gas and lunch. All to be home by 3:45pm.
I held up rather well on the drive home and after getting home. I surprised myself. I even tweeted and Googled a few people from the Con. Found some on Twitter and played around online some before reading for an hour and to bed.
Are you curious what books I took with me to get signed? Here's a picture for you.
What books did I come home with? I'll share that with you too.
Keep in mind I purchased:
- Riven Sol
- Battle of Blood & Ink
Received from my winnings in the Billibub Baddings contest:
- The Janus Affair
- The Case of the Singing Sword
- The Case of the Pitchers Pendant
Free from an author who found a whole book when he moved:
A Novella from an author whom I've been enjoying listening to his tales:
- Maiden Flight Of the Avenger
And for Review from a brand new author I think will be promising from what I've heard of him this weekend:
- Discount Miracles
So, a full weekend I would say. Lots of wonderful people too. I am hoping I can save up the money to go next year, and every year after. I think I might have found a Convention I could call home. It's close enough and so many amazing people there.
Now, I have tons more pictures, but they didn't fit. I'll have to put them all up on Facebook one of these days soon.
Sorry for the lengthy post, but hope you enjoyed it and do check out all the links. These people are amazing and well worth the visit.
Thank you! And Thank you all at Balticon for a wonderful time.