As much as I loved the conference and the things I learned and the authors I met.....
Like James Dashner (who, by the way, is so nice, down to earth, and very funny) author of The Maze Runner
(In the pic below is my online crit group who I spent most of the conference with and who I wish lived closer. I love them.)
From left to right: Natalie, me, James (not part of the crit group, unless he wants to be), Candi, Jenn, Renee
And Brandon Mull, author of The Fablehaven series
.....One of my favorite parts about the conference was meeting all my two dimentional (online) friends in 3-D for the first time. And all the new people I met. Now I'm going to give you a picture overload from the dinner we had Friday night where thirty of us got together.
Renee, Mary, and Candi
Tiana and Bradley
Michelle, Elana, and Natalie
Laura Bingham (author of Alvor) and her husband
Kimberly Job and husband
Jenni James and Nikki Wilson
Heather Justesen and Carolyn Vawdrey
Nicole Giles, Heather, and Julie Wright (author of My Not So Fairy Tale Life)
L.T. Elliot (Laura) and Mary
Phew, that took forever. :) If I labeled any pics wrong, please correct me. It was so fun to meet you all. I realized as I was posting these pics that I missed taking pics of a few of you :(, like Elizabeth Mueller, Jenn Wilks, Aimee Morgan , Jamie Theler, Keith Fisher, and Shanna Blythe
Some of you weren't at the dinner but I saw you at the conference. I bumped into Angie while waiting in line for the bathroom. I saw David J. West in one of the classes but never got to say hi.
Anyway, long post, lots of links, but I wanted to say that I enjoyed meeting all of you and hope to see you again at future events.