Sunday, February 28, 2010

Utah Book Blogger Winter Social 2010

As you may or may not know, we had a blogger get together last night, for all the fun and amazing book bloggers in Utah. And of course, we invited authors too! It was the third such event we've had, and the biggest by far. So this time (unlike the times before) I won't be able to tell you who all ended up being there, but instead, can only tell you about those that I met and talked with.

But first, some pictures:

This one is an overview picture of the whole area we occupied at the Golden Corral. We thought we had the banquet room, and would be off by ourselves, but wires must have been crossed and we ended up just with our own little corner. It all worked out.

Here I am trying to be brave and chatting with the authors. In this picture you can see Bree Despain and Emily Wing Smith (facing the camera) and Brodi Ashton and Sydney Salter (backs to the camera) and me on the end. This table laughed non-stop all night long and we all wondered what we were missing. But I'm sure we really didn't want to know what was going on over there!

Bree Despain and Emily Wing Smith pose for the camera. They are too stinkin' cute!

Then Emily stole the camera from my husband and "made" him pose for this picture with Sydney Salter and Brodi Ashton. He tried to get out of it, by Emily would have none of that!

Here's part of the crowd that we managed to reel in for a picture. Alison from So Many Books, So Little Time, me, Natasha from Maw Books, Kim from Good Clean Reads, Cherylynne from Critiquing the World, Shannon Hale, Michelle Teacress , Ann Cannon. Front row: Karen from Typing With My Toes, Melissa from One Librarian's Book Reviews, and Cari from Bookscoops.

And another group shot (yes I ran from group to group!) James Dashner in the back. Ann Cannon, Catie from Book Bound, Emily Wing Smith, me, Sydney Salter, Michelle from Flower Petal Books

Sitting was Jenni from Jenni Eylse, Debbie from Cranberry Fries, and Bree Despain.

Kim from Good Clean Reads was just about as star struck meeting the authors as I was. Here we caught her finally chatting with the two biggies: Shannon Hale and James Dashner.

Another author table (next time we need to mix up authors and bloggers a little better!) with James Dashner and his wife (who I feel bad about not actually meeting and saying hi to) and Shannon Hale, Nikki Mantlya , and Karey Shane.

Our fearless leader, Natasha, with her husband Taylor and her sister, Leisa. Taylor looks thrilled, does he not? But he assured me later that he loved being there!

Highlights of my experience:
  • when Ann Cannon said to me "Oh, I've read your blog! I really like it!"

  • when Shannon Hale said to me "Suey! I've met you!"

  • when I was able to say to Sydney Salter, "Hey, I've just read your book and I loved it!"

  • when I finally talked to Melissa from One Librarian's Book Reviews, and Angie from Angieville, Alison from So Many Books, So Little Time, and Becky from One Literature Nut, bloggers I feel like I've known forever

  • when Kim from Good Clean Reads said, "I really really love your blog!" and when talking to her felt like talking to a long lost friend.

  • when James Dashner didn't say hi but just held out his fist for a "rock it" shake instead.

  • when I got to meet and talk to a bunch of new to me bloggers (some new to blogging, some not so new) such as Caitlin from All Things Print, Cherylynne from Critiquing the World, Debbie from Cranberry Fries, Jenni from Jenni Eylse, Michelle from Flower Petal Books, Rachelle from Bibliobabe, Lyn from Barding Well, Catie from Book Bound, Brenda from Brenda Loves Books and Karen from Typing With My Toes.

  • when on the way home, my husband said, "You did good" meaning, I mingled well and managed to come out of the corner!

  • when I got the book "I Kissed a Zombie and I Liked It!" brought to the swap by Sydney Salter.

  • when James Dashner got the book "The Baby Manual" from the book swap!

  • when I see so many supportive spouses having fun along with their fanatic blogging partner

  • when I see so many supportive authors coming to hang out with fanatic bloggers!

Lowlights (because there's always some!):

  • when I got a text from home saying my 11 year old had locked my 18 year old in the basement because she wanted her to stay home to play, and not go out with friends
  • when I was too uptight to eat anything!
  • when I came home and saw all the goofy pictures that were taken of me (did I ever say how much I hate myself in pictures?) and being posted all over
  • when I came home and realized how many people I didn't get a chance to talk to, including many of the authors who came
  • when the night ended too fast (even though we were there for three hours)
  • when my friend, who I was so happy to have coming, texted and said she was too too sick to make it.
  • when there were so many other blogger friends that couldn't make and who I truly missed talking to!

Thanks to everyone who came! I thought it was a blast and truly look forward to the next time. I hope those who couldn't come this time will be able to make it then. I tried to mention and link to at least everyone I talked to and met last night. If I missed you PLEASE let me know and I'll fix it. And if you are a Utah book blogger or author and you are thinking "Ummm hello, I'm in Utah, why wasn't I invited?" then also PLEASE let me know and we'll get you on The List. (It's getting big enough now that there's no way we can find everyone on our own and need everyone's help to make sure all those interested are included.)

Happy blogging to you all!


  1. Yay! I'm working on getting up my post tonight. So fun!!!!!

  2. Wonderful recap! It was so good to see you. I, too, am kicking myself for all the people I missed talking to.

  3. Fantastic post on the evening. I'm so glad you came over to our table to chat. You really did to good at making the rounds Good for you! :) I agree. It felt like the evening went by way to fast, even though we were the last to leave. :) Haha.

  4. Great pictures! Thanks for sharing them!

  5. Great recap! I'm waiting for one picture before I post my recap. It was lots of fun meeting you!

  6. So many people! I'm getting nervous just looking at your pictures and your links!

  7. I still say that is one of the best pictures I've ever taken.

  8. Thanks so much for helping to organize it! I'm also one wishing I'd mingled a little bit more. It's so hard to work up the courage for that! And sorry that I hogged Shannon and James. They live in my neighborhood, so we came together. :)

  9. Sigh. Next time, next time... :D

  10. I loved chatting with you : ) Hope you enjoy I KISSED A ZOMBIE AND I LIKED IT!

  11. The whole evening was so fun. I wish I had gotten around a little more too but I got to talk to Shannon and James, YAY! It was really fun talking to you too, and it's so nice to find someone who's so easy to talk to. Thanks for helping me feel more at ease.

  12. Suey, thanks for posting the pictures! Do you mind if I use a few of them on my blog? It was so fun meeting you. And thanks for posting a comment on my blog. :) Comments are always appreciated, as I'm sure you know. :)

  13. Maw Books: I don't see it yet! :) I'm anxious to see what you end up posting!

    Brodi: Wonderful recap to you too!

    Debbie: Good to meet you. I hope to drop by your blog often.

    Rhapsody: Thanks! Glad you liked 'em.

    Jenni: I look forward to your take on the night.

    Julie: Did you click around on a few of the links? I hope so!

    Emily: Yes, I agree. Very nice picture!

    Nikki: You'll have to do a post and tell us all the things you and Shannon and James talked about!

    Britt: Yes, for sure next time. We missed you!

    Sydney: Thanks for the comment! I will read it soon, I mean, how could I not? :)

    Kim: I can say the very same thing about you, really.

    Karen: Yes, you can use the pics, no problem. I'll be back to your blog to visit often!

  14. Great recap! I am just realizing, despite my mingling, how many people I didn't meet. Sigh.

  15. It was great to talk with you, Suey! So looking forward to your reaction to the MWT books. :)

  16. I'm a Utah Book Blogger!



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