The San Francisco conference was amazing - I was exhausted by the end of it, but it was a happy exhaustion. I went to some great workshops, attended a number of events, and met so many wonderful people that I came close to losing my voice I was talking so much!
I have a ton of photos so you're going to get a bit of a photo tour this week :)
This first photo is from Friday afternoon, and one of the coolest moments of the conference for me. I met and talked to Christine Feehan!! She is an amazing author and a really lovely person to talk to in person - I was so incredibly excited to meet her.
Not only that, but I got to chat to Marjorie Liu as well - who flew off to China a couple of days later!
I also got to meet the gorgeous Meljean Brook, who was only there for the Friday. Keep an eye out for Meljean's Demon Bound in November - it's fabulous!!
As well as meeting new friends, and catching up with online ones, I had a chance to catch up with some friends I've had for a long time. On Wednesday morning, I had coffee with Frances Housden, Bronwyn Jameson and Shelley Munro. Paula Roe dropped by for a few minutes as well, and gave me a bright red "I'm a Down Under Desirabelle" ribbon for my badge. That ribbon started a few conversations, let me tell you! It's actually all about a new blog that we've set up - the first posts have just gone up (and I just added some photos there, too), so swing by and say hi!
And I think this is the perfect picture to end on for today - what made this conference extra special was that so many readers were there, including a number of people who comment on this blog. So without further ado, let me introduce you to (from left) - Kate (Katiebabs), Alice, and Ciara.
I also met lots of other readers, but I haven't got all my photos organized yet - if you guys have any good shots, send them to me! It was so much fun meeting everyone. I'm already thinking about next year!!
More photos tomorrow!