Take it away, C.T. ...
I LOVE RT! I love it: I love seeing other authors; meeting booksellers, agents and other professionals; and most of all I love seeing the fans and hearing what they like, and don't.
This year I am particularly excited because I'm on the faery court. WHOOO HOO!! They actually gave a middle-aged woman the excuse to dress up like Cinderella with a cloak, a tiara and everything! Seriously, HOW cool is THAT?
Of course the trick is getting there.
Pre-con packing is always tricky. What do you take? Not take? How do you fit a full-fledged ball-gown into your luggage and have room for ANYTHING else? Wings? (Never mind, I just won't do wings. The Sidhe don't have wings and they're fae. Besides, wings make sitting in the chair awkward.)
And then there's real life. Things like --
The plumbing going out at the house (just peachy what with the food poisoning);
Work crises when the boss at the day job remembers that two of his three staffers are both going to be gone for the better part of a week;
You know . . . LIFE.
Every year when the going gets tough, I wonder if I will actually make it. Will there be that one last thing that makes it impossible to go?
But somehow, every year, I make it. With a sigh of relief I climb on the plane. And when I get to the venue, and walk through those doors (and see those cover models ;) ) It's worth it. It is SOOOOOOOO worth it.