Sorry for the one day delay in posting. I wanted to do this yesterday, but I was still so tired…!
Yep, Austin wore me out. In really good ways!
I arrived in Austin and was met by a driver who did a great job telling me about the city and its personality and so on. I learned a great deal before I even got to the hotel! This stood me in good stead for meeting and greeting festival-goers throughout the weekend.
TWCS, as they did last year, booked all of us at the Hyatt Place Arboretum in Austin and it’s a lovely establishment. I like the spacious rooms and plentiful workspace as well as the breakfast. 🙂 Terrific staff, too. It was good to see other folks from TWCS. 🙂 We usually only communicate in online chats on Facebook and so on, so it’s nice to see one another in person.
Dinner that night was Italian and there was a lot of food. Also, dipping oil. Yes, the little group where I was wound up not eating their bread so the oil remained undisturbed in Rorshach-like solemnity. I thought it looked like a moth with thought bubbles; others were reminded of The Simpsons.
Saturday morning saw us at the Festival, though, with books out and bookmarks in hand. We used them as fans, to a great degree, for it was a warm day in Austin, Texas. At least for this acclimated Marylander!
Each of us authors had a half-hour book signing scheduled during the day, but we sold books during the entire festival day, so it was—as I’ve said to people—rather like working Christmas Eve in retail. Chaotic, but fun.
Finding food was a trial, though, as lines were everywhere. A friend of mine told me, Sunday night over barbecue, that Austin is a city of lines sometimes. That proved true at the Festival. Still, I was grateful that there was food nearby!
On Sunday, we all had another book signing scheduled. The best part of the Festival is getting to meet new people. I met a memoirist, an educator who actually grew up near where I live now, and folks who were interested in my books. Vikings! Ireland! Hurricanes! It was fun. 🙂
Our Graphic Art director, Jennifer McGuire, made a little video, too.
After a relaxing evening at Rudy’s B-B-Q, where my friend, her boyfriend, and I shut the place down (no, really!), it was time to call it a night. My driver was to pick me up before dawn.
So, I left Austin with great memories of fun people, books in my luggage (of course!) and a smile on my face.