Last Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, I spent about 24 hours at LTUE, which stands for Life, The Universe, and Everything. Wow….thankfully, I didn’t spend all 24 of those hours in a panel or presentation. Man, that would’ve killed me!
Of course, I did go to a few good panels, such as “Plot, Subplot, and Foreshadow” and “Feeling Fake”. I also got to hobnob with some of my awesome author friends. (You know you all like the word hobnob; it makes it sound like I was amongst the rich and famous.)
So…highlights to share?
I have a friend who smells everything (rather this than a friend who smells, trust me.)
Speaking of smells: No matter where you go, there will be people who haven’t showered that day/week/month/year. Sadly, they’re in higher concentrations at LTUE.
I noticed one author’s dislike for another is just as strong as ever.
I actually passed a handwritten note from one woman to another (made me feel like I was in high school for a moment.)
Parking in Belgium is much better than parking in Egypt, but not by much.
I met Bree Despain and promptly got her lost on our way to the conference. Thankfully, ran into a group of about 10 others that also got lost with us.
Brandon Sanderson is loud, but just as awesome and insightful as ever.
Robison Wells is alive and…well…he’s alive.
Also, I have the official job of fetching Rob’s drink for him. Yes, yes, mock the fanboy.
L.E. Modesitt knows so much about economics, he could talk about it for days on end.
Dan Wells mocks his younger brother.
Sarah Eden shouldn’t pay for LTUE since they keep asking her to be on a panel.
I impressed the “Newport Ladies Book Club” authors by carrying Julie Wright’s Olivia around with me…even read some while I ditched panels I wasn’t interested in.
Julie Wright, the only of the 4 authors for NLBC to have a sci-fi/fantasy related book and not be present at this sci-fi/fantasy related conference.
Also, Heather Moore, Annette Lyon, and Josi Kilpack each gave me insights into NLBC. I now know…well…not a whole lot, to be honest.
You want the weight of the dagger to be in the grip and for there to be curves around the sides. (I also learned I should’ve taken better notes in the first presentation I attended.)
Eating a small piece of chocolate when I’m already hungry will overdrive me into starving. (Personal pan pizza did not rescue me.)
I learned that no one seems to know how to introduce Jeff Savage–er–J. Scott Savage–er–Mr. Savage.
Sometimes it’s better to sit out of a panel and write/critique/read/socialize, than it is to actually attend one. (Okay, let’s admit, I already knew that from past experience.)
And I learned that the best panel I attended was the last one I attended. But sadly my laptop ran out of battery and I could only take notes for half of it.
Well, that’s been my review of LTUE. Until next time…
Alien abductions are involuntary, but probings are scheduled.
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