Totally exhausted, but I had an amazing time. Wow, so much to chronicle - will have to do it in stages, I think
First, though, I was soooo happy this morning to open up my browser, point it to Màili's blog and find it updated!!!! Yay, Màili's back :-) Sorry to hear the "team-building" week was so tough :-(
Oh, and I finally got my little paws on a copy of Lydia's The Veil of Night!. Yep, found it in SLC (more on that later). It's now sitting amongst the pile of books I lugged home with me.
Historical Novel Society Conference, Salt Lake City, April 2005
I arrived at the airport bright and early Thursday morning (5:45), only to discover that somehow my e-ticket had been cancelled. Yep, cancelled. Fortunately the flights weren't full and I was reticketed to both O'Hare then SLC. The flight to O'Hare was lovely - I've flown the smaller jets several times now and am no longer scared
My flight to SLC was a little less fun - was stuck in a middle seat (had two seats to myself on the way to Chicago), but I managed. Read the latest RT then had a brainstorm for my next ms and pulled out a notebook to write everything down before I forgot! Have learned NOT to rely on my memory for things like that.
I LOVE the SLC airport - it's clean, bright, well laid out and aside from a bit of confusion about which shuttle service would get me to the hotel, I found my way around with no problem. Arrived at the hotel on the Univ of Utah campus around 1:30, checked in then called good friend of mine who had already arrived. Tamara and I have known each other online for years, but were meeting in person for the first time. We met at Starbucks in the lobby and talked for HOURS. It was so cool. Eventually we were joined by another online friend (and one of the conference organizers) Sarah, who had just finished stuffing 200 conference bags for registration!! I hadn't met Sarah in person before either - as always, I believe the topic of our cats surfaced pretty quickly
Dinner that evening consisted of an ever-growing table down in the restaurant as pretty much everyone who came in was a writer attending the conference. Sure made the slow service much more bearable. Around 9 or so, my roomie arrived. We hadn't seen each other since last September. so of course we had to get all caught up while waiting for HER dinner to arrive. Eventually the party started to break up, so Claire and I retreated to the room, cracked a bottle of wine (we'd each brought one with us) and sat up talking till at least 1am.
Up early. Had to shower and get ready for the planned day trip - a visit to the Family History Library. Now, for me, an amateur genealogist and unofficial family historian, this was a visit to what a friend and fellow family historian termed "the mother ship". And indeed it was. We went down by Trax - the really neat train SLC built for the '02 Olympics. It was a bright sunny day and the mountains looked gorgeous - some still with snow on them, others green. I even did the tourist thing, whipping out my camera to take a couple of photos while waiting for the train to arrive. On the ride down I ended up sitting opposite Patricia Wynn and Kathy Lynn Emerson and had a nice chat with them. Have heard of both of them, so it was fun to meet them and chat about family history stuff.
When we arrived at the Library, we were taken into the Orientation room and given a brief intro to the library and its resources along with a copy of the press packet. Then we were turned loose
By about 2:30 I realized I'd best extract myself or I'd be there till closing
Hmm - well I think that's all I can manage for today! I'm still jetlagged and my sinuses/ears haven't yet adjusted from all the flying and the return from mountain altitude. Stay tuned for more details.