I'm sitting in the Phoenix airport on the way back to Las Vegas. It's Sunday morning. I think there are still remnants of Bouchercon going on, but all the real stuff concluded last night.
It was well-attended, I'll have to admit. Many panels were standing room only, and Michael Connelly spoke in a convention center venue that attracted upwards of 1500 people.
I liked the idea of the "continuous conversations". It gave me somewhere to go during down time. They weren't all that eye-opening, but they beat sitting around waiting for a panel I wanted to attend.
And speaking of the panels, this leads right into my chief complaint with the whole conference. The panel moderators would not make the panelists speak directly into the microphone. Some panelists have a sort of natural projection, so they don't have to "eat" the microphone, but far too many tended to mumble, without realizing they could not be heard.
Many of the moderators, however, were well-prepared, and it showed! They kept things moving, they stayed on topic, and they opened it up for Q and A in a timely fashion.
Next time, I'm going to book my trip earlier. This way, I will snare a room at the host hotel. I stayed at the Omni, an aging facility (built in 1913!) about two blocks away. There was no problem with safety in walking that distance, but it was horrendously inconvenient.
This was my first Bouchercon, so maybe some veterans can tell me: does the host city usually produce a high turnout such as what they had in Indianapolis? It seemed like everywhere I turned, name tags ended in "IN".
I came down with the beginnings of a cold yesterday afternoon, so I missed the Anthony awards, but I'm sure I can find out who won.