Ann Parker here, Monday's child for the Lady Killers, finally sitting down on the proper day to blog...
It's been a busy couple of weeks between Bouchercon and the PP virtual webcon. Each convention had its highlights for me, and I applaud the efforts of the organizers for both for getting out there and trying something "new and different."
First, Bouchercon. It was magnificent, as always. Among the new and different events I sampled, I'd have to single out the "craft room" track as being one that comes first to mind. It was fun to go to an event, create something under the direction of a crafty author (a miniature bouquet of flowers [Margaret Grace], a package of bath salts [Cricket McRae], a pop-up party invitation [Penny Warner], etc.), and chat with the other participants.
I also enjoyed being part of two panels. Men, Women, and Murder through the Ages panel included Tasha Alexander, Roberta Gellis, Tony Hays, and moderator Beverle Graves Myers... Talking history is a whole lot of fun... as is talking about the West! I got my chance to chime in on the secondtopic on the Art of the Western Mystery panel off-site at the Eiteljorg Museum along with Craig Johnson, C.J. Box, Blake Crouch, Steve Hockensmith and moderator Scott Montgomery of BookPeople. Great fun, although I did sort of have a "deer in the headlights" feeling (see photo... sculpture is in front of the museum) sitting up on the auditorium stage of this wonderful museum with all "the guys."
At the PP virtual webcon, there was no need to put on my fancy duds. Attending from the comfort of my cozy (but messy) study, dressed in fuzzy slippers and comfy sweats, I was able to participate in an audio panel and be part of a couple of text panels as well. Highlight of the virtual con was hanging out in the coffee shop. Now, I'm not one for hanging out in the bars at brick-and-mortar conventions (which is too bad, because I understand that's where a lot of the networking and schmoozing gets done...), but I had no problem lingering and chatting for hours at the webcon's coffee shop. Maybe I've finally found my "schmoozing venue." Anyhow, here's hoping the webcon returns next year!
For two other takes on the webcon, see fellow Lady Killer Jane's excellent summation of the day and Mary Reed's behind-the-scenes post on The Rap Sheet. As Jane notes, the panels are archived here and, if you're curious, you can go watch/listen/read them now, whether you'd registered or not... Who says you can't get "something for nothing??"