Spaz Goes to A … NOT ANOTHER AAD POST! Philly

Boy. I am still sitting here staring at my computer trying to figure out how to really describe the experience I had at AAD 2011. I told Nat I am still reeling from the event and she told me: “Pictures!” I personally am so over myself and seeing myself in pictures, but I forget that the world does not revolve around me and perhaps you, awesome readers, might not have seen any pictures yet! So, in the hopes that you are not over me yet, here is what I am able to brain dump out allll for you.

First things first, the night at registration I was lucky enough to run in to (accost) Dakota Cassidy, who embraced me with open arms and lovingly offered to give me a piggyback ride to the M•A•C store down the street. We never made it to that M•A•C store, but we’ll always have this photo:

On Wednesday, Mandi of Smexybooks picked me and Jen TwiMom227 up at the Philly airport and Mandi drove us to the DoubleTree in her Van of Fun! She even parallel parked that bitch in parking garage, which was no easy feat. The squee-hugging immediately began in the hotel lobby when we ran in to Bells of Hangin With Bells and Marq of Love To Read For Fun (she loves hugs!! no not really, don’t do it, unless you’re me of course, she let me hug her bunches:P). We met up with Larissa of Larissa’s Bookish Life, Jo Jo of JoJos Book Corner (are her fabulous Mom!), Felicia the Geeky Blogger, and Danielle of Lush Book Reviews. We all had dinner at the hotel restaurant, as seen here in a exhibit A:

The next day, I had breakfast with Mandi and Jen and then headed to the Welcome event. This was an awesome use of time, as we were standing around talking to the —- squeeeee —- authors! We REALLY got prime time with the authors to introduce ourselves and take pictures!! Lara Adrian (not pictured here, booo), Larissa Ione, Nicole Peeler, Carolyn Crane, and Jennifer Estep were a few of my favorites… I mean… DUH! This is evidenced in exhibits B, C, and D:

Oh! And I met Erin Kellison and had to get a picture with her as well! I love her books, and she was so fun! I need Shadowman like right now.

Here at the pre-Welcome event, the Bloggers all got to really meet and take pics with one another too. I can honestly say that these ladies are my Friends. It was amazing how we all just connected as if we’d already met in person before, and not just in the Matrix. We instantly became a giant Book Blogger Family. Here is me with Mandi of Smexybooks and Marquetta of Love To Read For Fun.

And here is one of my most favorite people on the planet, BELLS!! of Hangin With Bells. Seriously, Bells is a true gem and I treasure knowing her.

From the Welcome event, I proceeded to take my foot of titanium fun for the first real walk I’ve had since surgery. I discovered that the museum I wanted to go to, the Mütter Museum, was only 1.2 miles away from our hotel. So I hoofed my way on over and had a nice time walking the streets of Philly, in the NOT 110 DEGREE heat that is Texas. I took photos along the way, but could not take photos inside. For those who are not aware, the Mütter Museum is a medical museum that contains a collection of medical oddities, anatomical and pathological specimens, wax models, and antique medical equipment. It was muyyyyy coooool!

I got back from the museum and immediately got to be Nat on a panel with Larissa Sarah called “I Have a Blog, Now What?” Soooooo I had absolutely nothing to really say on this panel, but we fudged our way through it and just talked about each of our very different experiences. I enjoyed making sly faces at Bells to make her laugh. What Exhibit letter am I on now? Ah forget it, here’s the pic:

And here is where the entire rest of the AAD Convention is a COMPLETE BLUR… So I am just going to give you my Favorites and Highlights and shove in a bunch of pictures I took.

Favorite Panel: Guess the Book from the Sex Scene!

This was hands-down the most fun, most interactive panel due to the authors and the participants. And I will just have you know, Nicole Peeler gives GREAT smut reading. She is a Professional. And when that PBS documentary guy came in, camera rolling, while she was reading one of the smuttiest blurbs my virgin ears have ever heard, she did. not. miss. a. beat. I salute you, NP! Picture above was provided by the lovely PJ Schnyder, I didn’t get a pic with her. I haz a sad. But moving on…

Second Favorite Panel: Pin the Penis on the Founding Father

Do I really need to tell you why this was so fun? I think not!

But here is another shot of my BELLS!, Dren of Dren’s B-Spot, Penny of Penny Pimpin, and Jen. LOVE these ladies!!

THEN, I got to present two awards at the Bookie Awards, here we are all together getting ready to present:

There’s Jennifer Armintrout, Jess Haines, Mandi Smexybooks, Me, JuJu AKA Minx, Jo Jo, and that’s Leanna Renee Hieber in the back, who by the way, is just as gorgeous as her book covers!

Oh, and here we are on another panel, this one was “Bloggers Tell All” and it was awesome talking with each other and also the authors in the crowd. That’s Robin of Intense Whisper, Jo Jo of JoJos Book Corner, JuJu of Loose Knickers and Window Lickers, Me, and Mandi! Thank you Ava Riley for providing this pic of us!

And then there was the Masquerade Ball, and the Steampunk Ball and it was just go, go, go! I ended up getting to meet Alison Pang, and JA Saare FINALLY! I loooove their books so much and they were both so personable and warm. I was just about to say they were both awesome… this is probably where I need to look in the thesaurus for help with overusing awesome. Too late? I also got to meet new-to-me authors like Kristen PainterMelissa Ecker, Cat Johnson, Anton Strout, Lia Habel, Stephanie Julian (What a Goddess Wants - can’t wait to read it!) Sidney Ayers, and dangit! there are too many to mention! But here is another picture I can share with you of Mandi, Jen, Danielle and meee.

Okay Okay Fine! You want to know what another one of my FAVORITE panels was? OK, well check out who was there:

Surprise! It’s another picture with Dakota in it! But look who else! Larissa Ione, Alison Pang, Dakota (does she really need a last name anymore?), Meljean Brook and Alexandra Ivy! Talking about DEMONS! It was AWESOME (er um I mean amazing! or um, awe-inspiring!) and FUN and if you weren’t there you so so wish you could have been.

Oh! And the Book Signing! Holy crap! I wish I’d taken so many more pictures with all the authors, dang it. I walked away with 22 signed books by the authors there, and actually got the famous Trish AKA Picky Me to sign the covers of two Lydia Dare books she created. I kinda went fangirl on her because her cover art and conceptual art is so freaking gorgeous. I didn’t get a picture with her, but you know who I DID get a picture with? You’ll never guess! I’m shameless in my idolatry.

The last night before the Steampunk Dinner and Ball, we were able to take a group shot of us Bloggers. Well, we are missing some :( (Pennyy!!) but this picture CRACKS ME UP so I HAVE to include it. I am looking at it now, for the millionth time, giggling. It’s a classic group shot:

Oh oh oh! and here is me with Penny, since she didn’t make it in to the group shot above. She’s one of my favorite people to talk to and sure enough was one of my favorite people to hang out with, as well.

I want to give an extra shout-out to Mandi of Smexybooks. I felt a true kinship with her, and I mean, she not only transported me to the hotel, but then she took me on the scenic route back to the airport! LOLz were had! Whenever things got crazy and I started to freak out (hellloo spoiler alert! I’m spazstic), I just looked for My Mandi and she made everything better.

And of course I have to give MAJOR L<3VE to Nat, THE Wicked Lil Pixie, who was GREATLY MISSED. I don’t want to own or run a blog, but I sure do have fun writing for this one! I just wish she could have been with me. That’s the only thing that would have made it better for me! Come to TX, Nat! We have cheetos! and puppies!

In summary, I came home with such a full heart, and a tight stomach from laughter, and I am still riding a high from being around so much positivity and enthusiasm. We all were there to share our love for our favorite books, and to learn about new books too – and that is exactly what we did. In the end, the experience is what we make of it, and I am so happy to have had this one.

Comments
  • Kitt August 20, 2011 at 10:23 am

    I haz a jealous! It looks like you had soo much fun!!

    • Spaz August 20, 2011 at 9:16 pm

      I did and thank you again, Kitt! =)

  • Marquetta August 20, 2011 at 11:29 am

    Great post! I felt the same way (that folks would be tired of all the AAD recap posts). But it’s my blog and I’ll post whatever the hell i want! :-p I guess I’ll never live down my aversion to hugs and the Isaac “two finger point”. LOL! I had so much fun with everyone. I was so surprised we connected and got along so well. I was worried that the online persona would be so different from real life. I hope to see you and your bionic toe next year!

    • Spaz August 20, 2011 at 9:16 pm

      I will forever think of you if someone does the “two finger point” :P I hope to see you at a con next year, maybe Lori Foster!

  • Wicked Lil Pixie August 20, 2011 at 11:32 am

    So glad you have fun Pamtastic, yes I’m sad I didn’t get to hang but you were meant to be “ME” lol

    • Spaz August 20, 2011 at 9:17 pm

      Well NAT says… :P

  • Pickyme August 20, 2011 at 11:33 am

    Awesome post! Loved meeting you, wish we could have hung out more! U rock :)

    • Spaz August 20, 2011 at 9:18 pm

      I still am giggling at meeting you, I didn’t catch the PickyMe part and then realizing who you were I was like ACK! I love your stuff! Awesome meeting you!

  • twimom227 August 20, 2011 at 11:57 am

    AWESOME POST! I love reading the events from everyone else’s perspective. And I totally forgot the “scenic route” trip back to the airport! LOL. What a riot to be with you and the gang. I *heart* you so very much! Next year… NOLA!

    • Spaz August 20, 2011 at 9:19 pm

      Aw Jen, thanks so much, it was so fantastic meeting you and getting to spend so much time with you. You are so much fun to be around, and I hope to see you next year!

  • Jaime August 20, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    Such a wonderful post! Next time we’ll get a picture together! :)

    • Spaz August 20, 2011 at 9:19 pm

      YAY Jaime! We haz a pic! We haz a pic!

  • Robin K August 20, 2011 at 12:41 pm

    Lovely post dear! Hope to meet up again next year!!

    • Spaz August 20, 2011 at 9:20 pm

      We will meet up in NOLA… but I shall be a blogger and you shall be… STAFF! YAY you! ;)

  • Mandi August 20, 2011 at 1:49 pm

    BEST POST EVER!!!

    <3 – man we had fun :) My Van O'Fun has yet to recover. Snerk.

    Had a blast meeting you and hanging out with you xoxoxoxo

    • Spaz August 20, 2011 at 9:21 pm

      I will never forget the couple parked under the covering in front of us at the airport. The embrace… the kiss… the cringing….he OMG HURRY IT UP PLEEEASE!! Thanks again so much for being my chauffeur :P

  • Brenda Hyde August 20, 2011 at 7:33 pm

    I knew I could count on you to give a lowdown on the conference. I wish I could have been there:) It looks like SO much fun!

    • Spaz August 20, 2011 at 9:22 pm

      Thanks Brenda, I hope to see you one day at a Con!

  • Patti (Caught in a FAB Romance) August 20, 2011 at 7:44 pm

    Great pics! Everyone looks like they had a blast! I can’t wait for AAD NOLA!

    • Spaz August 20, 2011 at 9:23 pm

      Woo Hoo Patti! See you in NOLA!! I’ve NEVER BEEN before so I am doubly excited!!

  • Allison Pang August 20, 2011 at 8:34 pm

    Whee! It was so great meeting you too!!! :D

    • Spaz August 20, 2011 at 9:24 pm

      Viva la Phin!

  • Larissa {Larissa's Bookish Life} August 20, 2011 at 8:37 pm

    Aweosme post Pam! I so loved meeting you! You are such a doll and awesome person!

    xoxo

    • Spaz August 20, 2011 at 9:24 pm

      YAY Larissa, you are such a sweetheart. I still have my purple bracelet!! :D

      • Larissa September 2, 2011 at 5:13 pm

        Aww ww so glad to hear that hehe may it bring you lots of luck =D

        Luv ya!

  • Jen August 20, 2011 at 8:58 pm

    Spaz, one of my favorite aspects of this convention was the atmosphere. It was so friendly and open with no negativity or judgment and everyone I met was so awesome I’m still reeling from it all. I hadn’t laughed that much is a long time (that’s my blond head blocking the bottom half of NP), and I’m so glad I went to AAD in Philly. NOLA!!!

    • Spaz August 20, 2011 at 9:26 pm

      Jen! You were the other Jen’s (Not Now I’m Reading) roommate, no? I never actually got to meet you dangit! And I could not have said it better myself. And I will see you in NOLA!

      • Jen August 21, 2011 at 1:52 am

        Yep, that was me. I think we talked a wee bit during the book signing? I know you were pretty much at every panel we went to :) Jen and I were the shy girls in Philly but not next year! LOL

  • Mitch August 20, 2011 at 9:27 pm

    Well, I’m jealous that I couldn’t go, but I have my ARC of Shadowman to console me. ;P (btw, it’s – of course – AWESOME! Review will come soon) Thanks for sharing the pics!

    • Spaz August 20, 2011 at 9:37 pm

      Great news!! Perhaps one day I’ll meet you at a con \m/

  • Dakota Cassidy August 20, 2011 at 10:21 pm

    You know, the tag on this has a ring to it. Dakota Dassidy. *off to write a book under my new pen name*. LOLLOL! had the best time, love–and it was so great to finally meet you! ‘Slice–sad you weren’t there, but Pam wuz representin’!

    • Spaz August 20, 2011 at 10:28 pm

      Awww dannnnng! Note to self: When you DM someone to let them know they’re all over your blog post, make sure you spelled their name correctly. Even in the tags.
      You’re welcome, DC! :P

    • Wicked Lil Pixie August 20, 2011 at 11:37 pm

      Of COURSE you nitpick the poor girls typo! LOL

      • Dakota Cassidy August 21, 2011 at 3:33 pm

        Nay–it wasn’t me–my kid saw it. I decided I really like it. Just call me Double D. LOL!

  • PJ Schnyder August 20, 2011 at 11:32 pm

    I haz a sad for not getting in a pic with Spaz :S

    But it was awesome to meet you in person!

    • Spaz August 24, 2011 at 6:54 pm

      Hi PJ! Well, we always have NOLA if we don’t see each other before then! :P

  • Jennifer Estep August 21, 2011 at 1:09 pm

    It was greet meeting you and everyone else at AAD. ;-)

    • Spaz August 24, 2011 at 6:54 pm

      Hi Jennifer! I can honestly say this after meeting you and getting to talk to you some: you are a DOLL. It was a pleasure to meet you and hello… I LOVE YOUR ELEMENTAL ASSASSIN series!!!

  • Melissa (Books and Things) August 21, 2011 at 4:19 pm

    The only sad thing about this post is that I wasn’t able to go and meet YOU! Looks like lots of fun. Loved seeing all the bloggers and authors you met!!

    • Spaz August 24, 2011 at 6:55 pm

      Hi Melissa!! Oh I SO hope we can meet up one day at a Con and go SQUEEEEEE over books and authors!! Some day!

  • Tanyaw1224 August 22, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    Dang…very cool! Thanks for sharing your photos. I’d love to have gone and met everyone. Very awesome =)

    • Spaz August 24, 2011 at 6:55 pm

      Hi Tanya!! Thanks for enjoying my photos! I hope that you are able to do a con one year – it’s so fun!!

  • Penny August 23, 2011 at 8:59 am

    PAM!!! I loved meeting you!! And loved hanging out with you tooooo!! And your facial expressions are PRICELESS! I cannot WAIT for us all to be back together again…with Nat this time!! Great post and great pics!! I may be biased…but I LOVE the pic of us!! :-)

    • Spaz August 24, 2011 at 6:56 pm

      PENNY!!!! Penny! Penny! Penny! You made me smile so much, you were so awesome. I cannot WAIT to kick it with you again!!!!!! :D Nat is working VERY HARD to be able to be there when we all meet up again, next time!!

  • Melissa (My World...in words and pages) August 23, 2011 at 7:47 pm

    Okay, you all just look like you had so much fun!

    You have to let me know when next year and where, or are you keeping it in Philly? If so I might be able to get there. :) Great pictures!

    • Spaz August 24, 2011 at 6:58 pm

      Hi Melissa! Girl, AAD is in NOLA next year!!! It’s in a different city every year. You must check it out: Authors After Dark. I know that Lori Foster is also way fun! Oh and I am going to be hitting Readers N Ritas in Dallas later this yer if you’re interested! anyway… hope to see you at a Con!

      • Melissa (My World...in words and pages) August 24, 2011 at 7:48 pm

        Okay, I’m going to have to look into this. And Readers N Ritas! Oh man. I wish I could get to Dallas for that one. Sounds like a great time. :) Thanks for the information. I’m going to go digging now. :)

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