OMG!OMG!OMG! O. M. Friggin'. G. I had dinner with Kelley Armstrong!
Note that I've been a sci-fi/fantasy fangirl since I was too young to know what fandom was. And I was an officer in the sci-fi/fantasy club my first go 'round in college. But I'd never been to a convention. Note also that, while I'm not particularly impressed by "special people" (as I said to my friend today, "How impressive can they be when I know they poop, too? They're only human.") I am a little starry eyed about my favorite authors. A little. I thought.
Then I got all late-registered for my first con ever, and my husband and I slipped into my first panel: Introduction to Kelley Armstrong. I thought, "She's so much prettier than her photo!" (She's very cute in her photos, but more than cute in person.) Then I focused, cuz I can do that. Unfortunately, I didn't think to take notes until after she mentioned an anthology, Blood Lite, that I had never heard of. What I can tell fellow fans who have been anxiously awaiting any sort of development on a series based movie--it's off. What may or may not be on is a TV series pilot. Space TV green lighted the project, but after the whole movie thing, she's not holding her breath.
If, like me, you've got all the books but Counterfeit Magic (OK, OK, I don't have Men of the Otherworld either, but I read most of the stories so it was easy to put off) because you won't pay $40 to $100, rejoice! If you don't hate ebooks, at least. The Kindle edition is out now for $4.99.
I'm not going to list her favorite authors, and that's the end of my notes, so back to my geekdom! After the panel, we followed her out and introduced ourselves. Or at least, I meant to introduce myself. What I actually did was hold up my badge and explain (perhaps in spasms, I'm not sure) that I am An, Avangyline, Angela who moderates her writing forum so she may remember telling me to do stuff sometimes.
She very kindly did not respond as though I were the lunatic I present myself as. And she asked if we wanted to meet for coffee. Now, I was expecting coffee...Bea had contacted her in advance and then contacted me. But Kelley Armstrong asked me to go for coffee! I gracelessly got out of the way of other fans and the husband and I went in search of Bea, then in search of the next panel. Sure, I'd finally gotten my butt to my first con because it's in my city and Kelley would be there, but it was shear coincidence that she was a part of the next panel (Vampires,Gender, and Sexuality--Oh, My!), but good because Bea was able to confirm for coffee while I stood there like a nut...a silent, star-struck nut.
We had lunch, hung out more since there was no room at one panel we wanted to attend, staying in place so we could catch seats the next, Fail! (about, of course, Racefail--linked for Bea's benefit)...and then it was time.
I called on all my years of theatre training to only be a little bizarre. We made it through dinner, and talked about Kelley's books, books in general, my own writing (she scolded me; *squee*) and my husband's...yah know. Stuff. Then dinner was over, we took a coupla pix, talked some more, and said our good-byes. And when Kelley was out of sight, I geeked out so hard that I looked like a giant 12 year old freakin' out over Justin Bieber.
And I am only a tiny bit sad for my lost dignity because that, my friends, was so far beyond OMG.