*Sharing the stage with fellow authors felt really good for the author’s panel. We are truly lucky to have talent like Elisa Lorello and Karen Booth in our fan community. Our moderator, Heather, was fabulous as well! Nothing like sharing a stage with smart, articulate women to start your day. It was also cool and a bit nerve-wracking to give a little preview of our book. It was the first sharing, really, of any part of it. I hope that it peaked some interest to those in the room.
*A Diamond in the Mind on the big screen was BEYOND AMAZING!!! When the convention committee walked in and they showed us a preview, I literally got goose bumps! GOOSE BUMPS! I loved dancing and singing surrounded by friends! It really was the next best thing outside of a concert! Plus, hearing the different *squees* at various shots made it so fun! Plus, it made my desire for shows increase by like a million and I heard others say the same!
*People liked playing Duran related game! I wonder if we shouldn’t try to market them!?! Although, I did hear that trivia was pretty dang challenging and I was called “evil” as a result! Sorry!!!
*We had some GOOD food at the banquet. I’m still thinking about all of the yumminess. It sounds like everyone enjoyed it as much as I did.
*The fan slideshow was emotional for many of us despite struggling to fit it on the screen. We are going to try to get it included in the convention DVD and will put it up on youtube for the rest of the Duran universe to see. 🙂
*Lots of people won some great Duran goodies and we appreciate each and every person/organization that donated items for our raffles. We cannot thank you enough!
*I love party buses! No worries about getting to and from a place.
*Late Bar was amazing! They busted out many Duran video blocks for us and created the fabulous drink, Sing Blue Silver. We danced and danced and danced. We might have consumed a few adult beverages or two or more. Do doubles count as one drink or two?! I will definitely add this to my list of places to be in Chicago!
*It was nice to see so many people this morning, despite knowing that this was the end. People seemed to enjoy themselves over the weekend and connections seemed to be made, which is really the whole point of this deal to begin with! A by-product is that, for me, and others, there was a sense of renewal, a renewal of being a Duranie. That makes a huge difference that goes way beyond this weekend. The band can thank us later.
Key things to note:
*For convention attendees with pictures, Rhonda will send out information about our shutterfly account so that pictures can be shared. I, for one, am SO thankful as I have like NO pictures from this weekend and desperately want some!
*Also, we would love to hear from people who went about what they thought. What went well? What didn’t? Suggestions for next time, if we do another one, etc? There is a survey in your program with questions. Likewise, we would love to hear from others. What would get you to go to a convention? What would you look for, etc.? Don’t be surprised if we come up with another survey for everyone to do!
I’m sure that I’m forgetting something and I’m sure that this won’t be the last post about Durandemonium 2013. I will have more to say after some time and some SLEEP! That said, we did it. We really did it. Durandemonium 2013–what a wild, fabulous weekend!