Hello, kittens! Sorry for the delay in writing. I have lots of excuses, but let’s just go with: the trip to BEA was so fabulous it left my head spinning and I’ve only now gotten myself pulled together enough to write. That’s not far from the truth because to say it was marvelous is an understatement.
I have loads to share so am going to keep it simple today and talk about my favorite part of the show, the bloggers! I finally met so many wonderful women I’ve known for years online that it was like the best high school reunion ever. Or like four days spent at Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory without anyone behaving so atrociously they were taken away.
The only sad part is that while tons of photos were taken they were on other people’s cameras and since I’m selfie-aphobic I only have a few faces to share.
This first photo is bittersweet because it is only three of the five Socratic Salon members. Monika and Jennifer were not at BEA and were sorely missed but this is me with April (The Steadfast Reader) and Shannon (River City Reading). April was my roommate during the show, which worked out perfectly (and could have gone so wrong) and I’ve known Shannon since 2013 and adore her blog. She’s my inspiration as a creative blogger.
Yup, we’re three brunette, eyeglasses-wearing booksters.
The first night in Chicago Julie Merilatt (Julz Reads) arranged a happy hour at a local club that played live music allowing a group of us to chow down on greasy bar food and drink Long Island Iced Teas. I got to meet Kim (Sophisticated Dorkiness), Kristen (Terminal Bibliophilia), Marisa (The Daily Dosage), Rachel (editorial manager at Book of the Month), Julianne (Outlandish Lit), Katie (Words for Worms), Janani (The Shrinkette), Shaina (Shaina Reads) and Emily (Books, The Universe and Everything). And I got to see Kerry (Entomology of a Bookworm) again after three year. I met her at BEA in NYC- she’s the first blogger I ever met!
Beyond that night getting together with people after the show was difficult- everyone staying in different places, some people needing to commute home, and the very real problem of introverts wanting desperately to socialize but finding their brains have shut down and their throats are raw from having talked more in one day then they normally do in a month. Still, there were the fortuitous moments of ‘I’m starving’ ‘So am I’ ‘Let’s go’ that provided a quieter space to get to know people better. One of the best for me was lunch with Shannon, April and Marisa.
I know it looks that way, but I do not only hang out with brunettes. It just so happens, they’re more fun. Shannon, Marisa, April and me after finding food and avoiding passing out while waiting in an autograph signing line. (apparently this picture appears upside down in some browsers- I have no idea why so let’s just call it ‘arty’)
There you have it- a brief snippet of the women I hung out with for three days. They were all charming, smart and funny and it was incredibly special to get to interact with them in person. Reading and writing are solitary pursuits so getting to physically meet the people in your community means a lot. It was frenetic and overwhelming at times, but now I can hear the voices behind the words of their blogs.