Maunderings. Is that a word? Did I just invent that one?
Anyway, greetings from Malice Domestic. It’s Saturday night and Sara and I just got back to our room and the comfy beds. Tonight was the Agatha Banquet — and you’re probably wondering who won everything. But we’ll leave that to clearer heads than our own (we’ve been at the bar for the past three hours). I’ll just say that we’ve had a great time so far; we double-teamed hosting a table at the banquet tonight (a tradition in the making, if we have anything to say about it) treating our eight guests (and each other) to chocolates and wine.
Did I mention we’ve been at the bar all evening?
Anyway, we’re agreed that Malice is well worth doing, and we plan on being here next year — and many a year after that. The question(s) for you:
1) Do you do writing conferences?
2) And if you do, do you have a favorite?
3) And if you don’t, do you have a reason?
4) Would you come to a conference if we offered you wine and chocolate?
See you all soon!
1. I’m not sure I do writing conferences, as in the present tense, as I’m currently without a book to promote, but I have done them and love going.
2. I enjoyed Thrillerfest the most, being a nominee, but the SC Book Festival, Cape Fear Crime Fest, and Bouchercon were great, too.
3. I have trouble justifying the expense until I get this new book done and out.
4. If wine and chocolate is a euphemism for a completely debauched evening of extravagant delights, then count me in.
by David Terrenoire on May 7th, 2007 at 7:49 am
1. I love writing conferences. Love them more now that I have a book to promote.
2. Well, this feels like saying which kid you love most, but, if I have to pick, I’ve gotta go with the Tennessee Williams New Orleans Literary Festival. It’s right in the French Quarter with all the food and fun that provides, and it’s not limited to one hotel or convention center.
3. Not applicable. See above.
4. Yes, yes, yes. Just tell me where and when.
by judy larsen on May 7th, 2007 at 8:05 am
Malice has that family reunion feel, complete with the crazy aunts and lots of food. I have a certain loyalty to it (or should I say, McLean Jacobson has a certain loyalty to it ) and I won’t miss a year if I can help it. But I have enjoyed Left Coast Crime, Bouchercon and even the symposium and banquet at the Edgars.
I will go wither thou goest, Diana - and that goes for all the Good Girls - no chocolate or wine are necessary.
by Regina Harvey on May 7th, 2007 at 8:32 am
1. I haven’t yet but once I’m querying/agented/published, you bet!
2. Well, I’ve heard lovely things about Malice but have no personal experience yet.
3. Not at that stage yet, and they all seem to happen at times when I just can’t get away from work.
4. Oh, absolutely!
by Heather Janes on May 7th, 2007 at 9:42 am
Regina, I love that description of Malice being like a family reunion–so true!
Looking forward to seeing everyone next year.
by Sara on May 7th, 2007 at 10:18 am
I’m essentially holding my eyelids open with one hand while I type this…
Malice was great! Hanging with the Good Girls, even better.
1. Yes, I do writing conferences. Hence the inability to stay awake.
2. I’ve done a number of them over the past two years. My favorite is Malice. Love the readers this con attracts.
3. Good…one I can skip.
4. Diana, you had me at “chocolate.”
by Laura on May 7th, 2007 at 10:27 am
1) I haven’t done any conferences in a long time, but I do enjoy them.
2) All the ones I’ve done were romance-related smaller local conferences, most notably Desert Dreams in Arizona.
3) Nowadays it’s because I have a hard time going anywhere.
4) Well, I don’t drink, so the wine’s not much of a draw but I’m always up for chocolate.
by Tori Lennox on May 7th, 2007 at 10:44 am
Holy moly! Was that my Malice Report??? I think perhaps I need to elucidate at some point.
What a terrific time I had — and although only Sara appeared in the Saturday midnight blog, Heidi/Regina and Laura were a major part of what made this Malice SO much fun.
by Diana Killian on May 7th, 2007 at 11:41 pm
David, I didn’t remember you’d been nominated! How cool was that!? Allow me to belatedly congratulate you.
by Diana Killian on May 7th, 2007 at 11:43 pm
Judy, we will definitely divvy our spoils with you. We just have to annoint the hour. As it were.
by Diana Killian on May 7th, 2007 at 11:44 pm
Hey, Reggie, major major thanks to you and Mr. Man for all your kindness from the Germantown booksigning to the impromptu frisking (what GG doesn’t enjoy THAT on a Sunday afternoon)!
All that I even managed to catch my plane on time.
by Diana Killian on May 7th, 2007 at 11:47 pm
Heather, we are going to have a GREAT time at Malice. That I promise you.
by Diana Killian on May 7th, 2007 at 11:48 pm
Okay, Sara, I have to go back and check your comments to your cocktail party. I’m going to be very incensed if you sounded a lot more coherent than I did Saturday night.
(If only we’d hit the blog after the GG-talk till two forty-five in the a.m. THAT would have been something to read.)
by Diana Killian on May 7th, 2007 at 11:51 pm
Laura, all I can say is I wish we lived a lot closer.
by Diana Killian on May 7th, 2007 at 11:51 pm
Hey, Tori, if you ever get that mystery finished, Malice is the conference for you. I’m bribing you now with promises of chocolate and all the writing-related discussion you can handle.
by Diana Killian on May 7th, 2007 at 11:58 pm