This is probably the furthest we’ve ever gone for an event. And let me tell you, you don’t realize how huge Texas is until you have to drive through it to get to another state. It was about a 9 hour drive with stops for potty breaks and food. Luckily, the kidlets were pretty good for us. Thank goodness for headphones and movies.
Anyway, even though the drive took what seemed like forever… We had a blast in New Orleans. I want to go back, without kiddos, and see everything I can. We jam packed Friday with touristy things since Mom and I were going to be at StoryCon that Saturday. We went on a paddlewheel boat tour of the Battle of Chalmette. It was interesting, and Boy Child even recognized some of the names from his history class. Then of course we had to visit Marie Laveau’s Voodoo Shop. (I may or may not have gotten a couple of voodoo dolls, and awesome set of Steampunk tarot cards.) Then we went on a ghost tour. I loved hearing the creepy history of some of the houses and landmarks in the French Quarter. Some of it is terrifying, but still a great lesson in history. I will say I was not prepared for Bourbon Street. It was insane. Wee One was hungry and tired by that point, so we didn’t hang around long.
Saturday was insane. The event was great, and I’m happy that next year they will be moving to a bigger space. It was pretty crowded at times. I didn’t get any pics with the authors because the lines were massive during the signing, but I loved chatting with each of them. I may have geeked out and just stood there with a huge grin on my face when I met Molly Harper. I love her books, and just froze up.
Here are few pics from the panels.
I also won a pitch session and critique during the writing panel. I sent that in last night, and now I’ll go hide in a corner until I hear back from the agency. Either way this was huge for me, and if anything I’ll learn what I need to do better.
All in all New Orleans was a blast, and I’m still exhausted. I feel like I need a vacation after vacation.