Fair question. After all, the EIGHT members attending were supposed to blog live from Thrillerfest today, sharing their witty insights and observations.
Instead, one of them emailed around 3 am. Which should have been a pretty big clue. There would be no post. How could there be? They were partying all night!
You know, I don’t know why anybody books a hotel room for these things. Last year, when I was at Harrogate, I slept during Ruth Rendell’s session. Not that she wasn’t interesting, but you can only go so many hours straight, you know what I mean? Sat down and it just caught up with me. Right back to the bar afterwards, though. And at 6 am there were certain people, who would likely prefer to remain nameless but too bad for them, still keeping the stools warm. I believe it was 7:30 am before they tottered off to bed. I was going for breakfast.
If you’ve never been to a mystery convention before, here’s my bit of advice:
1. Sleep before you go and after you get home. Believe me. If you think you’ll rest there, you’re certifiable.
2. Protein bars. Trail mix. Granola bars. Cereal bars. Whatever. Take packaged quick food with you! Don’t be a hero! Look, between the alcohol and the lack of sleep, not to mention people like me who don’t drink (much) and always carry a camera, it’s a lot cheaper to dilute the booze and keep your head clear than to pay the blackmail fees later. You doubt this? Haven’t you seen my report about Stuart MacBride in a kilt on my blog? Trust me – he’s learned his lesson. Won’t even bring the kilt to Harrogate now, darn him.
(But seriously, food can be costly, and sometimes menus are limited. I have a digestive disorder that requires monitoring my diet – therefore, I always carry stuff to tie me over.)
3. Baby wipes will only go so far as a substitute for a shower. Just…remember that. Okay? Thanks.
I’m sure the kids will have all kinds of fun news to share on their blogs this week. Actually, now that I think of it, maybe the email I got was supposed to be the post? Except I don’t think Brett really wanted to confess that on the blog. Hmmm. Best to err on the side of caution.
And we’ll see the kids Monday.
Oh, and in case you’re wondering? Yeah, waiting to post my words of wisdom until after the Killer Year crew left for Phoenix was part of the strategy. I learned the hard way last year. I shouldn’t be the only one to suffer!
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