I knew when I went to WPA that I wanted to meet Terry O'Dell, as I've followed her blog for a while now and knew she was going to be attending, so I set out to meet her (don't worry, Terry, I wasn't really stalking you). I have to say, I laughed at Mr. Daddy, who called the lodge looking for Rachel, during the High Country Rendezvous and had to introduce himself by his blog name before Bill knew who he was. Maybe I shouldn't have laughed, because when I finally got to meet Terry, I had to do the same thing. It's one thing to be GunDiva in bloggyland, but quite another to refer to yourself by your blog name IRL. Terry and her husband are wonderful people and I enjoyed spending time with them throughout the weekend.
Terry's got some great WPA posts over at her blog. For her take on it, be sure to click here, here, and here. Heck, while you're at it, why don't you just click her follow button so you don't miss anymore WPA posts?
I got the surprise of my life during Bill Lanning's presentation, which quickly outgrew his scheduled room and we had to change rooms. I turned around and - Oh my God, it's Sophie Littlefield! Really, that was my reaction. I think I elbowed H in awe and nodded toward Sophie. H looked at me like I'd lost my mind, because I was completely tongue-tied. But this was a moment I could not pass up, I took a deep breath, marched over to Sophie and introduced myself. Well, introduced myself as GunDiva and then my real name - still very weird to to that. She was amazingly warm and genuine and immediately invited us to join her at lunch. Sadly, that didn't happen because our schedules were a bit off and I missed her, though I did get to talk to her throughout the weekend and each time she was amazingly wonderful.
Sophie hasn't blogged about WPA yet, she's been a little busy with releasing her new YA books and getting put on covers of magazines and all that mundane daily stuff that we aspiring writers dream about, but you should head over to her blog and click follow, too. Better yet, go buy her books, A BAD DAY FOR SORRY and A BAD DAY FOR PRETTY, because the next Stella book is fast approaching.
For more WPA - just in case you can't get enough - be sure to head over to Lee Lofland's blog to check out his behind-the-scenes take on it and his daily WPA Picture of the Day and to my post on Girls With Guns for my experience with FATS training.
I've heard from Lee that next year's going to be even bigger than this year's WPA, so if you're interested be sure to start saving your money now. I've heard rumors of a "Microscopic Murder" lecture and a helicopter addition. I can't wait to see what Lee comes up with for next year.