We drove in on Thursday (you don't even want to know about the car ride! Talk about fun :-) and we used that day as a writer's retreat. Our room was awesome, and the window seat was more like a mini-room, so we named it the BC playpen!
Since this was our first mystery conference, we each took on an alias. I was Natasia, Barbie was Angelina, and Danielle was Svetlana. Trust me, people, we stayed in character the whole night :-)
When we were done playing in the playpen, we filled it with yummy food and drinks. Comfort clothes, comfort food, and great company. It doesn't get any better than that! Well, okay, it did get pretty fun when the rest of the BC gang showed up. It was great finally putting some faces to the names we've come to know so well. And meeting new people along the way made it even better.
Friday night, we stepped out in style. Natasia, Svetlana, and Angelina clean up nice, don't you think? Oh, all right, I guess the BC crew doesn't look half bad, either. And hey, even our very own Pete was up for an award. No worries, his harem helped him celebrate :-)
And then something happened to Natasia, Svetlana and Angelina....Scooby Doo and the gang took over their bodies and possessed them. For surely we were all possessed to act like that! Zoinks! Like I totally make the ugliest man alive! But we had so much fun, it was totally worth it. We won our category in the Sleuths, Spies and Private Eyes contest by hamming it up and probably scarring Barry Eisler and Nancy Pickard for life :-) Those poor judges!
All in all, it was a great conference and we had a blast! So much so I feel another road trip coming on. Which one will we crash next? It's a mystery. Guess you'll just have to wait and see. You never know who we might be disguised as, but if you see some wild and crazy women, chances are it's us...