Link to Comicpalooza part I
Saturday started early, with an 8:00 am to 9:00 am mini press junket for bloggers and podcasters and other reporters. I did a bunch of interviews with really fun people that I only got to talk to for five minutes. The Comicpalooza staffers and volunteers were all absolutely great, too.
After that, I went back to the hotel room to get the rest of my group and force them to take me to breakfast because I was starving. (When we were waiting for the hotel restaurant, we saw Stan Lee go by.) Then we headed over to the con, because I had a panel at 11:30, signing at the Barnes and Noble booth at 1:00 (and if you're still at the con, I signed stock for them so they should have signed copies of The Cloud Roads
, The Serpent Sea
, and The Siren Depths
), and then another panel at 2:30.
I didn't say enough yet about how incredible the costumes were. Here's a picture of one:
Those wings actually snapped out when she pushed a button.
The panel at 11:30 was the worldbuilding panel, in a packed room. (The panel programming for the literary track was awesome, and the writing panels were well-attended, often standing room only.) The other panelists were P. J. Hoover, Steve Bein (M), Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam, Rachael Acks, Kerrelyn Sparks and we had a great panel with a lot of good questions from the audience.
The panel at 2:30 was tips for aspiring writers, also in a full room, with Patrice Sarath, Rachael Acks (M), Rachel Caine, Mercedes Lackey, Larry Dixon. We answered a lot of questions and had a fun time. Then I found my husband and our friend and we went to lunch (yes, at 4:00 pm) with Patrice. Between the panel and the lunch I was so tired I thought I was going to die, then after I ate, I had this weird false burst of energy again, so we went back to the con and did a more thorough walk through the Artists' alley section of the room.
Oh, and we got to see Peter Mayhew at his booth, and Henry Winkler. Henry Winkler was kind of awesome. He would walk around and go down the line of people and chat with everyone, and hug people, and generally act like he had invited you to a party he was having in his booth. It was just a fun place to walk by as everybody in line always looked so happy.
By about 7:00 I started to fall over again, so we went to the room and rested a bit, then met up again with Patrice at 8:00 for more food and deserts. We went back to our room at about 11:00 and collapsed.
On Sunday we were leaving in the late afternoon, so we went ahead and packed the car and checked out of the hotel after breakfast. We had a huge bout of bad storms and flooding through the central part of the state, including a bridge washed away, but luckily it wasn't near Houston. Though there was some rain and storms early in the day.
We did the floor for a while (no light sabres, no) and then I did another signing at Barnes and Noble, talked to some friends, and then did my last panel at 2:30. It was business tips for writers, with Jonathan Maberry, Kimberly Frost, and K. M. Tolan. I was the moderator (the program coordinator had emailed me earlier and asked me to do it when the other moderator had to cancel). We answered a ton of questions from a great audience, so it was fun too.
After that, we had to leave. I kind of didn't want to, because we kept running into friends and the con went on to Monday and I didn't get to see robots fight, but we had to go.
We got out of the downtown area without rain or traffic problems, but on highway 59, there was a slowdown merging onto 290, and someone almost rear-ended us. Like, I heard brakes squealing long enough to say twice "Please don't hit us." Looked back and there was a white car with smoke coming from the brakes. I think she must have stopped with inches to spare and I would like to thank her very much for being able to do that, because yeah, I can't afford to get another car. So we were very, very awake at that point and drove the rest of the way home with no problems.