I'm thrilled the stress of Rainbow Con is over. I enjoyed the event very much, even if my pocket book was in agony by the end. I adore autographed copies of books and collect them when I can. :)
I angsted more over my panels the week prior to Rainbow Con than I did once I sat down at the table. I did rush through my reading, but I did not laugh like I had done on the practices. All the author readings that I attended on my own were really good. Wade Kelly was my hero because her excerpts were on the naughty side and she was so serious through her reading. The other readings that stuck with me were L.E. Franks, Angel Martinez, Jackson Cordd, and Beau Schemery.
There was a little bit of awkwardness with the author readings being combined with the author signings. No one wants to interrupt the author reading in order to get something signed. I wish that I went with a 1.5 tier table but I didn't think I should have since I had only the one print book, Alpha Trine. I did like that those tables were kept in the dealer room where the publisher tables were set up. If I go next year, it will be something for me to consider.
For me, the best part of the Con was meeting friends, old and new, and meeting people I wouldn't have otherwise known. Spending time with the Less Than Three crew was one of the highlights. I got to gently badger Sasha Miller for another story in the Drinker Class X world, Isabella Carter and Megan Derr signed their books for me, and I sat next to and talked with Samantha.
I had the best roommate, Charlie Crochet. She's so easy going and very sweet.
What I don't miss: carrying around that monstrosity called a purse or the "coffee" or getting lost because I read the map wrong.
What did I take away? I want to write a blog post on Writing By The Seat Of My Pants. For some reason, people seem to think this is disorganized. It is possible to have a good pantster story.
The other thing I took away was information from the Characterization Panel. As a writer, the information was interested and something to think upon. As a reader, and this may change as time passes, it ruined my reading pleasure a little bit. I keep thinking about what was said when I'm listening to my work out audio book. I always choose one of my favorites so that I can zone out when I need to. Now, the series that I love listening to, (cause seriously, I'm into it for all the long hair lovely men) the Merry Gentry series by Laurel K. Hamilton, is not as pleasant to listen to because I can see what the panelist were talking about. It's hard to sink into the story now. :/
Since coming back, my writing has gone into overdrive. My right hand aches terribly but that is what happens when I write 30k in less than a week. The first draft of Fate & Destinies is almost complete, tonight or tomorrow night at the latest. Just in time, too. Yesterday I received edits for Twin Flames. Totally stoked.
I do have another sketch from Striker completed and it will go up on Monday. Have a great day and enjoy your weekend!!