I went to LTUE after work today (Life, the Universe, and Everything, a local writing con) at Nathan's insistence. Even though it made for a long day, I ha a very enjoyable time. We sat in on a panel about book bombing, then grabbed some dinner and wandered around while we waited for the big signing extravaganza to begin. Our wandering led to chatting with Brandon Sanderson, then meeting a freelance editor, Sarah Bylund, who happened to also know my sister (random, but cool). Then Nathan introduced me to all manner of famous folk, including Dave Farland, Mary Robinette Kowal (looking forward to reading Glamour in Glass), Eric James Stone (just got his story The Robot Sorcerer which was free on Amazon today), Paul Genesse (who gave us The Crimson Pact II, which I've been meaning to read since it came out), Bree Despain (excited for The Savage Grace), Brodi Ashton (who gave us a copy of her new book, Everneath - woo!), and Lisa Mangum (editor for Shadow Mountain). All in all, a pretty awesome evening. I'm excited for tomorrow. I forget how fun cons are firsthand; I usually just get the recaps afterwards. :)
And with that, I leave you with a link to Mary Robinette Kowal's novella Kiss Me Twice, which she put up for free as a birthday present earlier this week. I just read it and really liked it quite a bit.