This is Evonne, by the way. I forgot to put my name in the heading first time round and now Wordpress is ignoring my attempts to add it. I could throw a sulk, but I won’t.
Anyway, to get to business. The conference season is upon us, which has turned my mind to one very important question - What’s in the goodie bag? The swag from the Romantic Novelists’ Association Conference in Penrith was excellent. I’ve heard a rumour that the goodies from the Romance Writers’ of America Convention that is currently taking place will weigh very heavy indeed. Rachel’s recent visit to RomCon produced bags and prize baskets.
And that got me thinking, and curious - what might the perfect goodie bag contain?
So today I thought I’d try a Q&A.
Question - What would you like to find in your take-home party bag from your favourite romance event?
Answers - well, that’s down to you. I’d really love to know. If you normally read the blog but don’t comment, how about coming out of lurk to give an opinion?
My thoughts on the possibilities - books, of course. Practical things, like pens and note pads, paper goods - bookmarks and cards, stuff that is cute but not useful, like those little fluffy blob things - I have a family of them. Jewellery. Things to eat (Chocolate) and drink (may contain alcohol). A gift basket that is offered as a prize is slightly different and might be to a theme, with larger, more specialised items. Rachel’s, if you look back at her post, had a collection of items related to Scotland, which was the theme of the quiz she won. (And that’s where the alcohol comes in!)
It’s nice to get presents - but what information would you like along with the gift? Details of the authors’ books, blog, website, newest release, extracts from a book?
I think my favourite goodie bag would have a mix - possibly tending towards the practical - but I am a bit of a sucker for fridge magnets. I like brightly coloured ones, but to prove I’m not just a big kid, I also I have an (almost) X rated one of a gentleman who seems to have forgotten to zip his jeans all the way up. Very tasteful, I hasten to add.
I’m sure there are plenty of other ideas, so it’s over to you. A small trifle from Tiffanys or dinner with Richard Armitage might be on every-one’s wish list but, were he to get that close, I’m not sure the Choc literati would be prepared to share Mr Armitage, even with each other. And he wouldn’t fit in the bag. So, can I make a plea for some realism along with maybe one flight of fancy?
Looking forward to seeing the suggestions/opinions.
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