1) Seeing Olivia the Pig, but not being able to catch up to get my photo taken with her. Here she is running past me with a parade of children.
2) Arriving at the Ace Hotel in Portland and realizing I am not hip, young, and single. I am old, married, and wear sensible shoes.
3) Doing a reading with Susan Rich and walking up to the podium to find that room had gone from three people to a lovely filled room. (So nice!)
4) Having a nice woman in the room as a question and said she was a reader of my blog (Hello out there). I didn't get a chance to talk with her afterwards, but I appreciate hearing she was a regular reader. Thanks for coming, Portland Reader!
5) Meeting Deb Scott, Kelly Lenox, Judy Montgomery, Cindy Stewart-Rinier, and many other incredible writers.
6) Drawing straws at the hotel to see who-has-to-share-a-double-bed and getting my own bed both nights.
7) Wondering why our hotel would include *earplugs* in with the cottonballs, q-tips, and shower caps. Oh, because we're directly above a party bar that closes late into the night and plays music until about 3 am...
8) Waking up at 2 am as the happy drinkers spilled out into the streets and hearing the voice of a young woman yell, "Don't forget to call, A$*hole," and then the sound of a motorcycle driving away.
9) Eating at a funky French restaurant- French onion soup, arugula salad, and a three-hot-cookie plate with dipping sauces for dessert.
10) Finding free trail mix in the "VIP" room (and realizing I did not feel comfortable in the VIP room).
11) Annette coming back to the Crab Creek Review table with Vintage Journals for Susan and me.
12) Talking to people about Crab Creek Review and hearing one woman describe her adventures going to dead writer's homes and telling me what their writing rooms looked like.
13) Getting completely lost in Portland and making a 7 minute trip take 90 minutes. Portland, I love you, but you have too many bridges.
14) Selling more copies of Letters From the Emily Dickinson Room than I had expected to as well as quite a few issues of Crab Creek Review.
15) Watching folks take postcards from Susan and me and wondering where they would end up.
16). Realizing that two of my favorite poetry books, Karen Finneyfrock's Ceremony for the Choking Ghost and Everything Is Everything by Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz were both by Write Bloody Publishing.
17) Having our book right next to one of my all-time FAVORITE poetry presses- Copper Canyon Press.
18) Stopping on the way home at a Shell gas station to buy my dinner of pretzels, beef jerky, and a Hershey chocolate bar.
19) Just taking a road trip with two good friends and realizing we can exist together for 3 days almost 24/7 with good conversation, good food, and good times.