NCTE is a fantastic conference, and this year it's also in the best place in the world. Yes, you guessed it:
Tower of Terror, here I come!
Last night, I had the pleasure of hanging out with R. L. LaFevers of both THEODOSIA fame and Shrinking Violets fame. Robin (R. L.) is a fantastic person, and when I found out she'd be in Austin for the night, I took the opportunity to get a little face time*.
She was staying downtown right next to the famous Austin Congress Street Bridge (of bat fame). Millions of bats fly out each night during the spring and summer months, so we headed over to check them out. We heard them plenty and did see a few, but the crowds of people gathered didn't get much of a show. So after about an hour we headed back to the hotel for a beverage of choice.
*But let's talk about face time for a bit. I've been pretty active online meeting people, reading and talking about books, yet there is nothing like actually getting that face to face interaction. This cannot be replaced via email or even Skype. There are no internet delays. There are no frozen facial expressions. And there are certain messages that can get passed back and forth almost telepathically when two people are together and communicating. (that's kind of deep, isn't it?)
The Iinternet is amazing, but it also creates a bit of an introverted experience. So get out there and do things like going to conferences, scheduling lunch with friends, looking for common interests. Meet authors you respect. Have coffee with your agent. Go to book signings. Look for ways to get that face time, and then do it!
(but don't forget about all your Internet friends in the doing!)
On a side note, we're featuring agent Jenn Laughran over on the Texas Sweethearts blog today, so head over and show Jenn some love if you get a chance.
And I hope you're all having a great week! I'm off to TLA tomorrow and Friday!