Jenna Black's Blog Experiment

Wherein romance author Jenna Black plunges into the terrifying new territory of blogging . . .


Monday, April 21, 2008

Pictures from RT

I'm back from RT, although I suspect a good half to three-quarters of my brain cells are still there. I'm sure they'll be back by tomorrow. I'm hoping I got enough sleep last night--finally--to be at least vaguely coherent this morning. I'm not a night owl, but I didn't get back to my room until after midnight at any time at RT.

I had an awesome time! RT is like no other event I've ever been to, with its combination of networking opportunities and, er, relaxed attitude. I did go to several parties and several panels, but I must admit I spent a great deal of my time just hanging out at the bar. (Something you won't usually see me doing, seeing as I don't drink!)

I met lots of fans (I have fans? How cool is that??), and had an almost surreal moment when the fabulous Melissa Marr (NYT bestselling author of Wicked Lovely)told me she loved my books. We had a mutual squeeing fangirl moment, and that memory ranks as one of the highlights for me.

I met a number of urban fantasy authors I had never met before, including Mark Henry, Jeaniene Frost, Kim Harrison, Caitlin Kittridge, and Jeanne Stein, all of whom were very cool. (And Jeanne and I decided we'd been separated at birth, due to our numerous similarities.) I also spent time with authors I'd met before: Keri Arthur, Rachel Vincent, Jackie Kessler, Jocelyn Drake, Jeri Smith-Ready, Kelley Armstrong, and Maria Snyder. (Hope I'm not forgetting anyone, but since my brain is still at RT . . .)

I did take a bunch of pictures, and here are some of the highlights:

This is me and Marcia Colette at the Vampire Ball. This is about as close to a costume as I ever get at RT.

Did I mention there were a lot of urban fantasy authors at this shindig? From left to right we have: me, Kim Harrison, Jackie Kessler, Mark Henry, Rachel Vincent, Caitlin Kittridge, and Jocelyn Drake.

As I mentioned, I spent a lot of time in the bar. This is the pub bar, where I hung out with Rachel, Jocelyn, and Keri on the first night.

This is one of the few panels I got around to attending. I think it was the Urban Fantasy 101 panel. (Either that, or the Demons are the New Black panel.) From left to right, we have: Heather Osborn (my editor at Tor), Kelley Armstrong, Jeri Smith-Ready, Keri Arthur, and Rachel Vincent. And Jeanne Stein's finger--I couldn't fit the whole panel into the frame, dammit!)

This is Jocelyn in her I-rode-the-elevator-with-Fabio afterglow. I believe that was the highlight of her RT. (I never so much as caught a glimpse of him.)

This is Jade Lee and Marcia, after Jade had signed my copy of White Tigress.

Jackie, Keri, Rachel, and I are all represented by Miriam Kriss, who took us out to dinner at a church that had been converted into a brew pub. Talk about a cool restaurant! (And the food was pretty good, too.)

That's it for now. If I remember anything else I need to share, I'll make another post later. For now, it's time to start prioritizing my massive to-do list.


At 1:27 PM, Blogger ddurance said...

Thanks for sharing Jenna! It looks you had a ball. My top priority is making it to RT Orlando!


At 3:29 PM, Blogger Rachel Vincent said...

Thanks, Jenna! I stole some of your pictures. ;-)

At 4:01 PM, Blogger Jeri said...

It was great to see you again, Jenna! Thanks for posting the pictures. Next year I might actually bring my own camera. ;-)

At 4:12 PM, Blogger Vivi Anna said...

Jenna, it was great to see you again. I'm so thrilled for you with all of your success! I only expect more and more in the future!

At 4:33 PM, Blogger Kristen said...

Looks like you all had a great time. Thanks for sharing all the pics.

At 4:54 PM, Blogger Mark said...

Hey Jenna,

It was totally great to meet you. Had a great time and now I must swipe that Jocelyn afterglow pic for my bloggery!



At 5:08 PM, Blogger Jenna Black said...

Swiping/stealing of photographs is allowed and encouraged. I have a feeling that afterglow picture is going to be all over the net.

At 10:16 AM, Blogger Kelly Gay said...

Cool pics! Wish I could have gone . . . Love that pink and black number you wore to the vamp ball.

At 12:11 PM, Blogger Marcia Colette said...

Awesome pics! I know how Jocelyn feels. I had my afterglow moment after having a Adrian Paul sighting. Of course, I almost ran into the wall in the process. Far be from me not to make a fool of myself for a good cause. ;-)

At 2:02 PM, Blogger Karen Duvall said...

I'm so jealous! I wanted to go to RT so bad. Maybe next year. Or maybe when it comes out west again. Preferable the Pacific Northwest.

Hey, Jenna, I'm the moderator of the paranormaly mystery writers yahoogroup and I just wanted to let you know that you've been TAGGED! 8^) That's right, I'm spreading the joy. For the full scoop head on over to my blog.


At 7:18 PM, Blogger Jackie said...

It was so great seeing you again, Jenna! :)


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