I had a fabulous time at Bouchercon the week before last, but I came home with a terrible cold and was really down for a few days. Now, I’m back at it, though not quite one-hundred percent.
I’ve been reading a lot of Bouchercon posts and since I’m kind of late in getting this up, I won’t give yet another redux. But Bouchercon was full of wonderful people—writers and fans included.
One of my fan “moments” was meeting John Connolly, whose writing I love and whom I have to admit I’ve had a bit of a crush on for a few years. I tell you about this not to brag, though, why not? I HAD HIS ARM AROUND ME. Hehehe.
But I also tell you because I thought he trembled a bit when he placed his arm around me. I’d like to believe my roomie’s take on that—she said it was his attraction to me that made him tremble. But, alas, I don’t believe it. Sigh.
I think he was exhausted. And nervous. On. All the time. The poor guy. I know how he feels, kind of. I feel like that with every personal appearance and every conference. Only I’m not John Connolly. It must be worse for him because, after all, he is just a writer, a man who is probably more comfortable at the keyboard than on stage. Yet here he is under the magnifying glass and on stage a good bit at Bouchercon. And when I had that realization, it struck me that this is why fan conferences like Bouchercon are so important to writers and readers. We are all coming together over our love of the written word. Big-time writers and new writers. Fans and publishers. We are all a bit nervous, all a bit weary, and home sick.
We are all apt to see one another in new and unexpected ways. And that, my friend, can only be a good thing.
So one the events I participated in was a craft room. Many of the mystery authors who had craft themes in their books offered classes. I gave a class called “How to Make Your Own Scrapbook of Secrets.” It was so much fun! I have some extra kits and am going to give five away. The kits include a paper bag scrapbook, with ribbons, embellishments, and so on, for you to make your own.
I will print out all of your responses and my daughter will pull five out of a hat. (So scientific, dontchya know!) Please make sure to leave your email address on your response.
All you need to do is answer this question: Have you even met a famous person and what was it like for you?