You can reach a nearby food court from two of the main con hotels via an enclosed walkway, so that place has done a banner business for both lunch and dinner. I've taken lunch there each day, and I did so again today, choosing Aviva for the second time. The food was once again delicious and fresh.
I spent a lot of time in the art show today, studying my two favorite paintings. Ultimately, and after much thought, I spent entirely too much money on a bid for the piece that turned out to win the Best in Show award. As luck would have it, I won, so a very beautiful oil painting is going to be riding home with me Tuesday.
In the late afternoon, I did a signing at the booth of The Missing Volume, my friend Glennis LeBlanc's store. Glennis is always gracious at signings, even to authors who do not sell many books for her; I, sadly, am one of those. I did sign books for a few folks and had a lot of nice conversations, so as signings go for me, it was a good one.
On the way back to the hotel from the dealers' areas, I stopped at a local CVS to pick up more Coke Zero for the room. While doing that, I passed this sign, which I have seen before and quite like.
No, I did not order the Leeroy Jenkins, but I did smile at the name.
After some work, I headed out to a pleasant and tasty dinner at the nearby White Oak Kitchen. The place is a very short walk from the hotel, and the food was good enough, but it just couldn't hold a candle to last night's meal or even the one at Bacchanalia a few nights ago.
On my usual walking and people-watching late-night tour, I spotted this woman showing off her Sharknado costume. Nice concept.
The crowds at the Marriott were definitely thinner than last night's, but the people-watching was still good, and excellent costumes were plentiful and easy to spot.
The energy remains infectious. Though I always stand apart from the festival and can't even imagine how I might participate in any of it, I do enjoy watching and listening.
Tomorrow at 11:30 a.m., I have my final event of the con, a panel with four other writers. I have no clue how many folks will attend, so if you're at the con and reading this, come check us out!