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. The humidity contributed to some bad hair days, but what are you gonna do? The week in pictures and comments:
Took the train from Hollywood. Conference travel for $1.75. Can't beat that. Roommate and bestie 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. |
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!
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.
|With a few members of the Henery Press team: Lyndee Walker, Kendel Lynn, Annette Dashofy, Sybil Johnson, Susan M. Boyer, and Wendy Tyson|
|The "Hollywood Premiere" Opening Ceremonies at the Pacific Ballroom. Half an hour later, this place was packed. |
Big day for me. Not one, but two sessions. Powered up on Cheerios and coffee and hit the ground running!
|My fellow panelists for the Sassy, Sexy, and Smart Protagonist panel on Friday: Elaine Viets, Hilary Davidson, James, Ziskin, and Andrew Mayne.|
|Later on Friday, my pincushion cupcake panel! So, yes, me posing by the sign, that you cannot read. In my special Bouchercon apron, designed and crafted for this very event.|
|The graduating class of pincushion cupcake school!|
|And just incase you need a close-up, here's a pincushion cupcake.|
|With friends Susan M. Boyer and Kendel. No, I did not want to take my apron off. It was cooler than the tweed cape!|
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.
|The Fine Art of Murder panel with Juliet Blackwell, Kate Carlisle, Sheila Connelly, Kendel Lynn, Reba White Williams, nd Jane Cleland.|
|"We've Got Grit" panel. I moderated, and may I say this ended up being a conference highlight? With John McFetridge, Charles Salzberg, David Stout, and David Swinson.|
After the conference, Susan Boyer, Kendel Lynn, and I headed off to the Queen Mary for High Tea.
|Objects are larger than they appear. And by objects, I mean the boat.|
|I can't resist a phone booth photo op. The only thing missing were the circuits of time.|
|Many hours later...room service. Don't judge. (For the record: it wasn't all for me, and we didn't finish).|
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!