Monday, September 14, 2015

Imaginarium 2015

Last weekend, I attended the Imaginarium Convention in Louisville, Kentucky. Last year was this creative writing convention's inaugural year, and the event continues to evolve in its second year. It's an amazing experience being surrounded by writers of all genres and mediums, although I'm pretty sure most of us were novelists.

Imaginarium included: panels from morning until night, a live rock concert on Friday night, a vendors hall, indie film festival, awards banquet, masquerade and costume contest, a gaming tournament, and all other kinds of fun stuff creative people love.

I had a table in the vendor hall, and I spent most of my time socializing with other authors. People came from all over to be at this event. A couple of authors were from New York, one from North Carolina, and several were from Virginia. I didn't sell a ton of books, but I did better than last year. What hurt sales was the fact that Half Price Books was holding a huge event at the Expo Center just across the street from us. Ouch!

What was really cool was getting to meet two blogging buddies: Julie Flanders and Tara Tyler! I bought a couple of their books, and we got to spend some time getting know each other face-to-face. As in real life interaction.

For the costume ball, I dressed up as Captain Nemo from 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (and the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen). I decided to go all out and even get a fake mustache and beard, stuck to my face with "theatrical glue."

As I sat there during the costume judging portion of Saturday night, I started to get lightheaded. The glue was making me SO HIGH. Finally, I got up, tore the beard and mustache from my face, walked out of the room into the large convention hallway, and threw the damn thing away...

or so I thought.

Apparently, my sticky mustache didn't make it to the trash receptacle. It had landed smack dab in the
middle of the carpeted hallway. The event staffers came upon my mustache after I had left, and one of them started kicking at it with his foot, thinking it was one of those poisonous, huge caterpillars.

When they realized what it was, they picked it up and stuck it to a small glass table in the hall. When all of us costumers walked out of the room, they asked if anyone had lost a mustache. I couldn't believe it, and after telling them my harrowing tale, we all had a great laugh.

And I think my mustache is still stuck to that table...


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Funny story about the mustache!
Cool you got to spend time with Julie and Tara.
I'm sure Half Price Books timed their event to coincide with the conference. Sneaky.

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Ha on the mustache! :)

Your display table looks awesome, and yeh for getting to hang out with Juiie and Tara!

Jay Noel said...

Alex: For next year, the event planners were told the date of Half Price's event. Hopefully, we can avoid that catastrophe.

Madeline: Thanks. And it was fun getting to spend some time with those two lovely ladies.

Christine Rains said...

Hehehe! That is one tenacious mustache. :) So awesome you got to meet Julie and Tara. I had it on my calendar that I might possibly go, but budget-wise, it wasn't working for us this month. Maybe next year I'll make it!

Pat Hatt said...

lol your mustache sure had lots of fun. Sure it wasn't all a dream you had after it made you high? hahaha always awesome to meet bloggers in real life.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

LOL - they thought it was a deadly insect. I bet it's still there. But otherwise, your outfit looked great.

Robin said...

Sounds like a fun event. Your costume looked great even it it had a downside. Or an "up" side, as it turned out. :)

Jay Noel said...

Christine: I know. The darn thing didn't want to go down!

Patt: Maybe it was all a dream. You're right.

Diane: Thanks!

Robin: It was a really fun event. I need a new beard and mustache for my next event, one that doesn't require me sniffing glue.

Pat Dilloway said...

Sounds like fun. Makes me want to go buy some theatrical glue.

DEZMOND said...

Now, look at your table looking all stunning and swell! For a second I thought it was Budd Spencer in that last photo

Chrys Fey said...

You got to meet Julie and Tara in person? How lucky! :) This event sounds like a lot of fun, but bad timing with that Half Price Books sale.

Nice costume!

Patricia Lynne said...

Sounds like you had fun.

Southpaw HR Sinclair said...

That's the ultimate burn - a sale at a bookstore nearby!

How wonderful to meet blogging buddies. --I'm glad you survived the mustache incident. ;)

Jay Noel said...

Pat: It's a trip!

Dez: Hahahahaha

Chrys: Yup. And they were so much fun.

Patricia: I did have a great time. It will continue to grow, too.

Holly: I know. They were selling books for $1. Tough to compete with that.

Julie Flanders said...

So great meeting you, Jay! And the mustache totally cracks me up LOL.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

You really made me smile. So cool to get to meet some blogging friends face to face.

Susan Says

Sarah Foster said...

That's too funny about the mustache! Awesome that you got to meet Tara and Julie in person.

Melissa said...

Getting high off costume glue - too funny!
I'm jealous that you got to meet Tara and Julie. :P

Jay Noel said...

Julie: It was so great meeting you too!

Susan: Glad I could entertain you with a little ditty about my mustache

Sarah: I would like to meet more blogger buddies

Melissa: It was bad because I kept putting more on!

Jay Noel said...

Julie: It was so great meeting you too!

Susan: Glad I could entertain you with a little ditty about my mustache

Sarah: I would like to meet more blogger buddies

Melissa: It was bad because I kept putting more on!

S.K. Anthony said...

That's so cool you met Tara and Julie!!! That mustache is cracking me up lol

cleemckenzie said...

You guys make quite a trio! Love the mustache story and the picture of you wearing it!

T. Powell Coltrin said...

It sounds like you had a great time!

Stupid Half Priced Book people.

Tammy Theriault said...

Let's not discuss how jealous I was on FB. It was not my best moment. Hahaha!!

Denise Covey said...

That must have been fun Jay. Love meeting blogger buddies. Nice pic!

Stephen Tremp said...

I saw the pic with you and Julie and Tara on Facebook. I still have yet to meet any of my blogging pals in person.

Arlee Bird said...

Sounds like a fun time. I wish you would have sold more books though.

Arlee Bird
A to Z Challenge Co-host
Tossing It Out

Crystal Collier said...

I saw the costume pics on facebook, and I think they're epic. How fun meeting Tara and Julie! I seriously need to get out more because our blogging community has the coolest people on earth.

David P. King said...

You got to see Julie and Tara!? Now I'm jelly. Glad you had fun. :)

Elizabeth Seckman said...

How awesome! That's not too far from me (maybe 4 hours?), I wish I had known.

I got to meet Tara, but not Julie. I'd love to meet all my bloggie friends!

Elizabeth Seckman said...

How awesome! That's not too far from me (maybe 4 hours?), I wish I had known.

I got to meet Tara, but not Julie. I'd love to meet all my bloggie friends!

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