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Book Blogger New Year’s Challenge: Day 9 – Cons or Events I Hope to Attend

Book Blogger NY Challenge

Today is Day 9 of Parajunkee’s Book Blogger New Year’s Challenge. And I’m so excited that today’s challenge is super easy. Finally. Because tomorrow’s challenge is one I have no clue about, Day 11 is totally embarrassing, Day 12 does not apply, Day 13 I’m dreading with a passion, and Day 14 has me totally stumped.

Anyway…

For those of you who might want to participate but haven’t yet heard about this challenge, just click on the link above for more details. But here is the schedule of posts…

Day One – YOUR BLOGGER RESOLUTIONS
Day Two – YOUR PROS & CONS OF BLOGGING LIST
Day Three – THE BOOKS OF 2013 YOU ARE SAD YOU MISSED
Day Four – THE BOOKS OF 2014 YOU WON’T MISS
Day Five – WORST BOOK OF 2013
Day Six – BEST BOOK OF 2013
Day Seven – TOP TEN BOOK BLOGGER PET PEEVES
Day Eight – YOUR FAVORITE BOOK BLOGGER MOMENT
Day Nine – CONS OR EVENTS YOU HOPE TO ATTEND
Day Ten – NEW THINGS YOU WILL BE DOING THIS YEAR
Day Eleven – TBR SHELF: HOW MANY?
Day Twelve – HOW DO YOU PLAN ON GETTING MORE FOLLOWERS THIS YEAR?
Day Thirteen – SHARE A BLOGGER HORROR STORY
Day Fourteen – BLOGGING WISH LIST OF 2014

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2014 Cons/Events Wishlist

I’m not big on traveling. I like where I live, I like my home, I like my pillow and blankets. I don’t sleep well – or rather at all – in hotels. And I have a terrible fear of bed bugs.

That being said, there are a couple of events I hope to attend in my lifetime, and one event I plan on attending this year… though I really should buy that plane ticket. I have a feeling the price is rising daily.

RT2014

This May I’ll be heading to New Orleans to attend the RT Booklovers Convention. And not just for a day or two. I’m going for the whole thing.

I’ve already paid for the conference and have my hotel reservation booked. I just need to get that plane ticket using miles from Amex.

Since I had a short story independently published and had self-published a couple this past year I get to attend as a writer/author. And apparently, as such, I am listed on their page of authors – at least I think that’s me – which I only now just discovered when screencapping the homepage for the site. Yikes! (Only 6 names up from the very amazing Kresley Cole. How freaking cool is that?!?)

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Attending one of the days of RT2011 when it was in Los Angeles was the highlight of that year. I loved listening to the writers on the panels talk about their craft. It made me want to write again. It was inspiring. It was informative. And I hope the same will be true again. Even if I’ll likely be a sleep-deprived zombie.

At least this time I’ll have a room nearby to deposit the many books I may acquire and won’t miss out on all the events on Teen Day. And maybe this year I’ll be so bold as to admit that I am the blogger behind Fiktshun and won’t skulk around, trying to blend in.

I’m not sure how many nighttime events I’ll attend at the con, as I’m just not that social and my wardrobe doesn’t stretch much past t-shirt and jeans. But we shall see.

But I am super excited about going, possibly meeting a few bloggers I’ve only “spoken” to on Twitter and saying, “Hi!” to one or two authors I fan over.

But as far as other cons and events?

While I do hope to attend BEA some year, it’s too close in time to RT for me to reasonably expect to attend and recover from both this year. So it’s just going to be RT for me in 2014. Though maybe I’ll be able to go to the L.A. Festival of Books in April or head north to attend one of the signings that Jaime of Two Chicks on Books or Mindy of Magical Urban Fantasy Reads attends.

We shall see…

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I really should try to attend more bookish events. I really should try to be more social. But I haven’t quite conquered my fear of meeting authors I adore. And I’m sure I’d act just as ridiculous in front of blogger superstars like Parajunkee.

But what about you?

Are you going to head to NOLA to attend the RT Convention? Will you be heading to NYC for BEA or waiting until it moves to Chicago in 2015?

Are there any smaller events that you hope to attend over the course of the year, like ALA?

Or will you be sitting in the Armchair come May and June, checking the timeline for the Instagrams?

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