If you realize how much you can learn, collect a dainty number of arcs that you plan to read and blog about, do a little fangirling, and celebrate the amazing opportunity you have to make any contribution to this great and beautiful world of literature of which you are a part, then you should not feel tacky and ten-year-old-ish, but stand proud and listen well. Learn and be inspired. Wear a coat, because Seattle is damp and cold in January!
Other favorite moments...
- Hosting the exquisite wordsmith and all-around sweetie pie Katherine Longshore at my place. (Thanks for enduring my noisy boys and smelly dog!)
- Getting yelled at by Libba Bray's husband, Barry Goldblatt, for my failure to recognize the distinction between paranormal and urban fantasy literature. Okay, fangirled a little here.
- Catching up with former colleagues from Random House, Simon & Schuster and other houses, having them press books they loved into my hands, and being reminded how many people in this business truly love it.
- Lunch with friend and sf/fantasy literature editor genius, Susan Chang. (Cannot wait for Tor Teen's release of P.J. Hoover's SOLSTICE.)
- Catching up with Sara from Novel Novice, Candace from Candace's Book Blog, and other terrific bloggers.
- Super-fun dinner with J. Anderson Coates, Helen Landalf, Karen Kincy, Deb Lund, Dawn Simon, Karen Finneyfrock, Chelsea Campbell, Katy Longshore and...oh I know I'm missing some people.
- One more time because she is an absolute east-coast-talking, hilarious tower of awesome, I'll once again mention coffee with Colleen :)
- Finally, returning home inspired to write, excited to be part of this whole thing in some small way.