CR2007 in Kansas City was a blast! I had been to it once before in Seattle in 2000. (What can I say, I was a hermit for a while. No more!)
There were…ummm…memorable discussion topics, such as: “Kick Ass Heroines: How They Are Changing Romance”, “Characters, Plot, or Cock – What Makes a Book Sexy?” and “Sexual Oddities in the Animal Kingdom.” Being the good note taker that I am, I just had to write down a couple of the statements I heard in the “animal” discussion because they are definitely the type of odd trivia that could be the winning answers on a game show: “Chinese hamsters have the longest sperm” and “frogs tend to like orgies.” I know what you’re thinking, but I couldn’t make up these things even if I wanted to.
But there were also some discussions where I learned something, like Lorraine Heath‘s “The Victorian World vs The Regency World.” I don’t read a lot of historicals so there was no way I could explain the difference until Lorraine’s talk. I now know about the influx of American heiresses into Europe in the Victorian era and that Winston Churchill’s mother was one of those American heiresses as was Princess Diana’s great-grandmother. Let’s just say the likelihood of my picking up a historical has gone up after that discussion. (On the topic of historicals, I mentioned a wonderful historical romance to a few people on the last day of CR that I had read in the last couple of years called A Year and a Day. I could not remember the name of the author at the time, but it was written by Virginia Henley.)
Couple of random/humorous quotes from CR attendees:
“I had 12 husbands, but only four of them were mine.”
“You’re just jealous of my lobster!”
You can see pictures from CR2007 at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/freshfiction/sets/72157594572940759/
You can get more information on Celebrate Romance at: http://www.crspring.com/