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RomCon 2012

So I’m in Denver for the third year in a row at RomCon. It’s a relatively new romance fan conference, and I’ve been lucky to attend these past few years.

This morning I was a participant in the Quick Draw game–10 authors chose words from their novels and then had to draw these words in a picture charades type game. There is a reason I’m an author and not an artist. I picked about thirty words  from WISHFUL THINKING. Some were easy to convey: wand, whale, skunk (surprisingly easy), champagne, pizza; and then there were others: magic, wish, hyacinth (I don’t even know what a hyacinth looks like–okay, I just googled it). “Loom” was interesting, but almost every group got it. I haven’t laughed that much in long time. And it exhausted me too.

Before that I was privileged to hear Teresa Medeiros speak. I want her eloquence when defending romance. She spoke with such humor and grace and made me absolutely proud to be a romance author. You know, I really am coming to believe that romance is one of the most subversive genres out there(allowing women to be the heroine of their own lives, to give power to love, to explore female sexuality without punishment. Poor Anna Karenina). Heh heh heh.

Stay tuned. I plan to post more, but for now I have to get ready for the Dine-In for Interspecies Peace. And then on to Monte Carlo Night. Gambling and fun.

And if I can at all remember, I’ll get some pictures up too. (I’ve taken one.)

–Gabi

Books I’m reading now:

The Guns of August by Barbara Tuchman

The Pleasure of Your Kiss by Teresa Medeiros

Weird stuff

Do you have a favorite or lucky number? I don’t. One number is pretty much the same to me although I will admit I like odd numbers better than even. And I will admit I have a least favorite number. 6. Don’t know why. I don’t like the number six. WHen I do a sudoku puzzle I either wait until just before the end to do the sixes (because I don’t want my puzzle fun to end on a 6) or I do them first to get them out of the way.

I’m the same with colors. I don’t really have a favorite color. There are days when I’m yellow, or green or purple or pink. I even like brown and on occasion beige. But I do have a least favorite color–blue. If I find a clothing style I like it only comes in blue, I won’t get it. I do make an exception for blue jeans, but you really won’t find blue in my closet. Teal, turquoise, but no blue or navy.

Favorite food? Easy. Sushi. And in a close second, everything else except olives, liver (but I like liverwurst), sweet potatoes, okra, and stinky cheese. (Okay, that’s a hyperbole, but I really don’t like olives, liver, sweet potatoes, okra, or stinky cheese.) And if you ask me whether I like sweet or salty, I’ll pick salty every time. And vanilla over chocolate, milk over dark, and Team Jacob over Team Edward (but that’s neither here nor there).

We all have weird stuff in our lives/heads. I’m afraid of moths–less afraid of butterflies, but they have that weird flitty thing going on too. I discovered a real fear of heights last summer while climbing towers in the Strasbourg cathedral and on that trip I decided I will never do heights again, after making the Tower of Pisa my tower climb ever. I felt it a fitting end. I stayed in a hotel in NYC this March on the 50th floor. First thing I did was close the curtains and I never looked out. Funny. It doesn’t trouble me while flying.

I love the little quirks that make us individuals. In THE WISH LIST, my heroine, Kristin, likes Chocolate Chipless cookies. That’s because those are my favorites. All the dough, none of the chocolate.

So what are some of your quirks? I’d love to know. But don’t be surprised if they end up in a book.

–Gabi

Books I’m reading now:

Guns of August by Barbara Tuchman

A Night Like This by Julia Quinn