Sep. 15th, 2013

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I have been to Seattle and returned! \o/

It was a good trip, for the most part. I left straight from work on Friday afternoon and right off the bat hit traffic-due-to-accident in Albany. Then I got to Portland and hit traffic-due-to-wtfever, which was made worse by the fact that I needed to get gas having started out with only half a tank. Ugh. Hate. Then there was the drive up Washington which I swear to god no matter what state I travel to it's always Washington that has the worst drivers. Period. And then top if off with Seattle traffic.

So, I was 30 mins late to the reading, which means I missed [personal profile] maderr's reading, which was sadface but I still got to give her Tiny Chris so yay? Also, his butt looks way better than his frontside, imho. ;)

Then I gave Maderr, Rykaine, and Nikery a ride to the Monaco to do drinks with Talya because I about had a heart attack when they were talking about $80 cab rides. x_x Dear gods, is it really that bad these days? Yeesh. Clearly I have not ridden in a cab since I was 18.

After dropping the LT3 ladies off (downtown Seattle parking and I will forever be enemies) I backtracked south a bit to meet Australians-in-Canada [personal profile] flamebyrd and hubby [personal profile] theducks at our hotel. <3 I love hanging out with them so much. They're both bigger geeks than I am, so I actually feel like I fit right in rather than being the weird one all the time. At one point in the car [personal profile] theducks semi-randomly started singing the Animaniacs' State Capitols song. Followed shortly by the Animaniacs Nations of the World song. It was awesome.

Saturday, after dragging ourselves out of bed, we visited the "Japanese dollar store" nearby and I got snacks! Then we left [personal profile] theducks to his own devices and [personal profile] flamebyrd and I went off to the conference. Remarkably, we made it not only on time, but a little early!

I hadn't been expecting to pay any attention to the panels at all, since I was only really going to see people, but they were actually quite entertaining. I think the first panel was my favorite. All the speakers were very personable, but I really liked Anne Tenino's sense of humor.

During one of the breaks I was talking with Elyse Night after I got Nikery and Rykaine to point out LT3 authors in attendance and she shocked the heck out of me by actually knowing who I was! @_@ That was... really kind of an eye-opener for me. After I got over all of the blood in my body rushing to my face (she made me sign her kindle! @_@!!) I more or less tuned out the rest of the conference because my muse came back with a vengeance and I was busy scribbling down half-illegible plot points in a notebook because my tiny laptop's battery doesn't last very long.

After the conference everyone hiked over to the hotel Monaco for the Happy Hour event, which was extremely chaotic and was freaking me out until I decided I was just going to hide behind [personal profile] maderr's chair for the duration. [personal profile] flamebyrd, being of similar social stability, joined me. A little bit later we also acquired Elyse Night and Maderr was a very good sport about being our mighty protector. ;)

The chaos settled down a bit when they started doing a bunch of readings by the authors of various books, but I think that might have actually been worse because a number of them for some unknown reason decided to read sex scenes out of their books!! @_@ Omg, sex scenes should never ever be read aloud. It was awful. I wish I could remember Maderr's comment, because it was priceless.

Once the torture was finally over, a group of about ten of us went to Benihara's (SP? Talya, help?) for dinner after a brief stop in Talya's room for waiting-for-reservations. It was... interesting. Think Mongolian BBQ, only way more theatrical and upscale. I've been told I looked either hypnotized or like I was going to crawl under the table. ^^; I really don't get out much, and I have never been to a restaurant like that before. The first part of it was really loud, so I could only really hear the people on my end of the table (Flamebyrd, me, Elyse, Piper?, and Rykaine) but when it started getting late and the other patrons started clearing out I could do more than mime things at Talya and Amanda from across the table. :)

Then we dispersed, and the LT3 crew had to go sleep to catch a really f-ing early flight Sunday morning, but Talya's and my crews decided to meet up for brunch since we were all driving back and didn't have to meet insane airline schedules. (Flamebyrd and TheDucks +/- 3.5hr drive, Talya & Amanda +/- 4hr drive, Me +/- 5hr drive) After we got briefly lost in downtown Seattle (accidentally found Uwajimaya!) we met Talya and Amanda and breakfast was had. It was very pretty. Every time I eat somewhere with Talya the food is always artistic, I swear. It was also delicious. I don't get to have eggs benedict very often because I fail at making hollandaise sauce and can never manage to leave the house early enough to have someone else make it for me. :3

Then we all parted ways and took off for our respective places of residence. Traffic heading home was smooth sailing, happily, and I spent the entire five hours trying to work out the plot points I got stuck on the previous night. I got past the first two, still working on how to get around the third. >.>;

Aaand since the whole point of going to Seattle was to finally meet the LT3 crew in person, I am going to do book recs because... because everyone should buy these. Yes.

I am incredibly picky. I blame Maderr, because I automatically expect that everyone should write as well as she does, and they never do. Still, occasionally something comes through that I can forgive its minor flaws in the face of a really good story. Piper by Leona Carver is one of those. I usually love and dread sci-fi releases because it is my favorite genre and very few people ever get it right. This book, I forgot about dinner and stayed up well past my bedtime in order to finish. I'd say that's a pretty good indicator. :)

Then there is Talya Firedancer's Signal to Noise, which I recently got the honor of being the pre-reader for the sequel to. <3 <3 I don't think I can adequately express my love for this book, or this author, but I have been following her work since the late 90s. She was good then; she's utterly amazing now. And she writes really, really f-ing good sci-fi. When the sequel is finally released I will be driving back up to Salem so she can autograph it for me. ^__^ (Yes, I am planning this at least a year in advance. Yes, it is that good.)

If you actually made it to the end of this, congrats. ^^; I'm going to go see if I can work out my plot point so I can start writing. <3


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