Of all the years that I’ve gone to BEA, this one was the least planned on my end. I planned on going, of course, but work got crazy, and I didn’t have that much time to figure out logistics until last minute. My adventure begins, as usual, on a Megabus. I don’t actually believe that Megabus has wifi. It’s more like theoretical wifi. Or Schroedinger’s wifi. It may or may not exist, until you try to connect to it, at which point it definitely doesn’t. Which is why I ended up troubleshooting our work website from my cell phone over a 3G connection, all the while panicking that the bus was going to be so late that I’d miss Amy Ewing’s signing of the sequel to The Jewel.
The bus was supposed to get in at 12:40. Instead it got in at 1:30. The signing was at 2. I hopped in a cab from Penn Station and sat in traffic. I got to Javits at 1:52. Then I saw the line for badges. There was much internalized rage and frustration as I chided myself for not taking an earlier bus. I got my badge at 1:58. I checked my bag and ran up the stairs across the Exhibit Hall to the Autographing Stage. I was directed to an overflow line, and the people directing traffic weren’t quite sure that there’d be enough books for all of us. Then it was down to the final five. I was that number five. If there is such a thing as fate or luck, it was on my side today.
After that, I breathed a sigh of relief and began to explore the exhibit hall. I managed to snag the new Garth Nix book, and a new one from Rae Carson. And some other things that caught my eye. Guys, this paragraph is crazy articulate! I am a zombie! Yippee!
I hadn’t planned things particularly well today, because normally the opening day is just remainders and not the actual event. This year was different, and I missed a couple galley drops that I’d probably have enjoyed. But whatever. I’m going to go with the flow and just enjoy being around so many people who are enthusiastic about books. I’ve got a loose schedule for tomorrow, and I’m looking forward to it. For now, I am going to enjoy some sleep.