Just registered for Authors After Dark, and have my nifty name tag!
I'm shy, reserved, and all that jazz so it'll be a challenge for me to interact. But I promise not to hide in my room all week.
First thing I saw when I got off the elevator after checking in late yesterday? Ha! Bonjour, mon pirate.
Last night, I met a couple of my besties for dinner at Charlie's Steak House on Dryades Street in uptown NOLA. First, I stopped by Lora's condo and got reacquainted with Huckie, who is the inspiration for Sebastian in the Sentinels Series (he was Gerry's cat that DJ kind of got stuck adopting).
Lora, Debbie and I headed off to Charlies, and discussed the menu (which only has six items on it so they don't even bother to print it up)--this is an old-time, New Orleans neighborhood place. We finally decided, yeah, we should probably split the order of onion rings instead of ordering separately.
OMG. And no, we couldn't finish them. But we came alarmingly close.
Then I had to go back to the room, carrying my spear and my rubber chicken (the reason for these things will come up later in the week), and came across these ladies literally running down Conti toward Bourbon Street, obviously late for work. Yeah, I know it is blurry, but I really was carrying a rubber chicken and a five-foot-long spear and trying to take a photo with my iPhone. Give me a break :-)
I needed my items for the welcome bags ready by the time I registered this morning, so I was up until about 1 a.m. stuffing plastic bags with a card from DJ--really, from DJ herself--with a magical gemstone bracelet. Here's the pile o' bracelets before they went into the bags!
Now...if you'd like to win one of the goodie bags with a gemstone bracelet infused with magic by DJ herself, just as she does them in ROYAL STREET, just leave a comment as to the most frighteningly humongous appetizer you ever got in a restaurant. Or just leave a comment :-)
I'll be doing little giveaways from Authors After Dark all week, so keep checking in!