I wanted to hit the casinos on the strip solo; I only won $400.00 on the slots; not bad for a 3 hours worth of work! I ran into Monica O'Rourke, Sephera Giron, and Derek Sullivan. We hit Caesars Palace, where I only managed to break even. The Pajama Party was a fun idea, though I was one of a handful of folks who actually wore pajamas.
Friday morning I hit the Dealer's Room, where I met Kim Richards Gilchrist of Damnation Books. I signed copies of Blanket of White and picked up copies I ordered. My collection sold well--folks bought copies at the Dealer's Room and from me at the Mass Signing! Friday I had lunch with Lisa Morton and John Palisano. I enjoyed the readings and the panels
The Damnation Books Party was well attended. Brian Keene complemented me on my reading, always nice to hear.
On Saturday more readings and panels followed. I had lunch with Adam Pepper at the Oyster Bar: Oysters on the half-shell and shrimp gumbo. I sold two copies of Blanket of White when the other diners inquired about my badge. I had a productive pitch session with Zac Sanford. Saturday evening, L. L. Soraes and Kurt Newton shot interview with me for Lair of the Yak. Stay tuned! Afterwards, we had mojitos and dessert at the buffet.
I had fun catching up with folks I already knew: Monica, Wrath, Russell Dickerson, Maurice Broaddus, Jeannie Eddie, Sephera Giron, Rain Graves, Brian Keene, Allen K, Ed Lee, Lias Mannetti Adam Pepper, Matt Schwartz, Derek Sullivan, F. Paul Wilson, and Mark Worthern.
Also meeting folks I only knew from cyberspace: Hal Bodner, Michael Louis Calvillo, Corey Cramer, Gabrielle Faust, Bill Gagliani, Cody Goodfellow, Gardner Goldsmith, Tim Marquez, Kurt Newton, Lori Perkins, John Skipp, L. L. Soraes, and Barbara Vey from PW.
I only broke even on the hotel slots, so I stopped playing.
I had an early fight home on Sunday, so I missed the last day of programming...
Huge thanks to Wrath and Monica for putting together a truly killer con! Can't wait to see what's in store next year!