Checking in from Authors After Dark again. Wednesday, things were just getting started, with lots of people still arriving. But I have a lovely room, with a balcony overlooking this beautiful courtyard.
After registering and handing off my welcome bag stuff, I spent a lot of the middle of the day assembling more goodies–this time for the folks going on my field trips to Katrina sites and for bloggers. Here was the assembly line in progress.
So this is what I’m giving away today–one of the big old Field Trip bags–there’s a Royal Street CD with songs from my playlist; a set of coasters; a “Beware: Weregators” River Road poster (signed), and the piece de resistance, either a “Beware: Weregators” or “I (heart) Jean Lafitte” t-shirt. Read on for how to enter.
About mid-day, the heavens opened up and we had a gulley-washer of a storm!
Question: What happens with an announcement comes booming into one’s hotel room that the hotel is being evacuated and you should proceed to the nearest exit, and said hotel is full of authors and readers and bloggers? Why you get hordes of people going down the stairs with laptops. Can’t lose those manuscripts! (It was a false alarm.)
Before the opening ceremonies, I met up with a couple of online friends, authors Boone Brux (L) and CJ Ellisson. Boone had just flown in from Alaska and CJ from Virginia, but they were up for a quick dinner at Desire Oyster Bar next door to the hotel.
So, for my gratuitous food photo of the day, I took a photo of my Gator Burger. I could only eat half of it but it was yumalicious–ground gator meat, highly spiced, with a remoulade sauce. Awesomeness. I’ve eaten gator quite a bit but never on a burger.
Finally, back to the hotel, stopping to watch some street mimes.
And then the opening ceremonies. Some crowded lollygagging in the foyer beforehand.
Followed by some opening words. This is convention director (and author) Stella Price–hard to hear her, but you get a feel for the room and the crowd. You can see author Jade Lee at the left from my table.
Now…want one of those field trip bags? Leave a comment…Would you prefer: fried gator on a stick? Gator sausage in a savory entree? Or gator burger?