All right everyone, brace yourselves. I recently got back from GenCon, which I previously associated with spending some days gaming and trying out lots of cool games that I can’t afford to buy. This year I realized that sci-fi and fantasy authors are probably just as geeky as me on average, and therefore I checked the event listings to see if any authors I liked would be hosting events. I’m not sure if this was just a spectacular year for authors at the con or if they have always been there and I just didn’t notice before, but holy crap! I literally got to meet my top four favorite authors in one day and get lots of books signed :D. Please friends, celebrate with me!
Also sorry for the fuzziness of some of the pictures (picture heavy post btw!), my little iPhone can only do so much when I’m shaking like a leaf, haha.
That’s right all, THE Brandon Sanderson!!!! I actually didn’t realize he would be at the con until the morning I was going to be driving down. Fortunately, I spotted his blog post in time and loaded up my suitcase with books to get signed :D. The main impression I got from this event was that he is so freaking nice! He was just the jolliest, politest person I can imagine given the amount of sleep I’m sure he was on. He is legitimately someone I want to be friends with due to his aura of niceness. Also, he was selling (well, the booth was selling, they wouldn’t let him handle any of the money, hehe) a con exclusive book :D. I finally get to read First Born and Defending Elysium!!!
Next up: Pat Rothfuss, yes THE Rothfuss :D. I feel like I’m doing capital letters more than average in this post because I just can’t get over the fact that I met these people in person! Pat actually had a three hour “Evening with Patrick Rothfuss” event which consisted of him being asked all sorts of interesting questions and then him going on tangents of what he felt like talking about and trying to bring it back to the original question with moderate success ;-). He was hilarious, he was deep, he was also very nice. He had the audience bellowing laughter the majority of the three hours. Then afterward there was signing and picture taking :D. One of the books is a present which I now need to mail ;-). I also of course had to get a signed book for myself. Finally, I purchased the illustrated book of his since the proceeds go to Worldbuilders, yey! Also I feel like the pictures need some explanation…. 1. Yes I’m dressed in a wench outfit with a mug made of a tree, I’m awesome like that, 2. Pat suggested for a previous picture that the person could look aloof and he would pine over them, and this suggestion was just too hilarious not to also take advantage of, however 3. we soon devolved into giggles which I think is my favorite picture.
Jim C. Hines
You may recall that earlier in the month I went to a local signing for Jim’s new book Codex Born. What you may not know is that I didn’t get to get my copy of Codex Born signed because my review copy had some pages messed up and I wanted to get the fixed one personalized. Fortunately, Jim was signing at GenCon as well, so I picked up the package with the new Codex Born the morning before I left and stopped by the signing table at GenCon. Now I have matching signed books <33333333!
Finally, I’m sure many of you know of my complete love of Tammy Blackwell’s Timber Wolves series, since I hold it up as the example of exactly what indie-publishing should be. Her writing is witty, crisp and awesome. She is also so freaking nice! I met her at GenCon last year and was so freaking excited to see her again! I also had to get her new compete Timber Wolves series book because the cover is soooo pretty (come back tomorrow to see a picture of it, since it’s not on GR yet!) and a con exclusive! She is sneaky and signed the book while I was off paying for it (the con has a complicated system of centralized payment and slips to symbolize payment) and slipped in that necklace with the miniature trilogy cover! That is what the book’s cover looks like, but I’ll take a picture of the big version tomorrow ;-). I just have to say: Tammy you rock :D.
All right, my fangirling is complete (for now!) and I have to go bask in the awesomeness that is my signed book collection of all my top favorite authors. I was literally (but not, how about literary) walking on clouds this past Saturday. <3 to all the awesome authors!
Do you go to GenCon? I meant to put up a post before I left, but if you are planning to go next year, let me know and we should meet up :D.
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