I'm so excited - it's my first trip to America. I've been going nuts and have worked out my itinerary - I'm staying in Hollywood to start, and I'm doing a mix of geeky stuff (La Brea tar pits), sporty stuff (LA Dodgers at home v SF) and celebrity stuff (studio tour). I've organised an overnight trip to San Fransisco, where I'll be checking out Alcatraz among other things. I've got a day organised in Pasadena (where I'll not only be taking tea with Gail Carriger but then checking out Big Bang Theory mentioned places) and my last day in the region will be in Santa Monica.
However, the big reason I'm coming over is the RT Convention. I'm a little scared, I will admit - I've only been to science fiction conventions here in Australia and they're lucky to get over 300 folks (although Worldcon last year was much bigger). I'm guessing my first viewing of RT is going to make me simultaneously hyped and terrified.
But it's going to be great for a number of reasons:
a) I'll get to meet several of my fellow Supernatural Undergrounders
b) I'll get to meet some of my favourite authors
c) I'm going to learn A LOT about the state of the industry in the US (which isn't just bigger than Australia, but different in many, many ways)
d) I'll get to spend days talking romance, heroes, heroines, things that go bump in the night (both in good and bad ways) with fellow devotees.
I'm bringing a few physical copies of my books over, since they're only available electronically in the States at the moment (well, they are on Kindle - if you've got a Kobo or iPad, you should be able to get them too). I'd love to bring masses over to entice you all, but I've got to bring SOME clothes with me (although US = shopping!!!!!). If you want to get a copy of Secret Ones or Power Unbound, I'll be at Club RT at 2.15 on Wednesday, otherwise if you catch up with me ask.
I hope I get to meet lots of you readers at RT as well - we already know we share a mutual love of PR/UF, so let's see what else we have in common too.
Are you going to be there? What are you looking forward to?