Welcome to Arizona Dreamin’s AFTER PARTY BLOG HOP! Hopefully, by visiting all of the blogs involved, you will get a great sense for what Arizona Dreamin’ offers its attendees. My focus will be about this amazing thing we call a temporary community. When Kris, Morgan, and I started the very first Arizona Dreamin’, we had no idea how powerful, impactful, and transformative a one day romance reader event could be.
Kris envisioned an event where romance readers could meet up with romance authors in an intimate setting. At this event, readers wouldn’t have to wade through an overwhelming crowd. Capping at 140 attendees, this would be a boutique event. None of us expected it to morph into what it has become – a community of romance readers who have turned friends for life. A seamless blending of old and new friends, year after year. An event to look forward to the moment it ends.
This year, we started with tears of joy from the multitude of reunions and meet-ups for the first time, then dissolved into endless fits of laughter through the activities all weekend long, until realization hit us on Sunday that we would have to say good-bye. Tears flowed freely once again, for a couple of days, as our community was rendered apart hour by hour and day by day. The real world encroached on our newly formed family.
Here is where the magic continues… with facebook posts and pictures dominating the walls for at least a week after, tons of friend requests, and texting up a storm on our phones. Social media is the invisible thread that sews us all together. Arizona Dreamin’ 2014 will be here before we know it. And thank goodness! Our temporary community will once again blossom and welcome new people into our romance world.
Thanks to Kris for her global vision and being the fearless founder, leader, and host. I am blessed to work with her and Morgan, being co-hosts, and look forward to years and years of creating the best and ONLY Romance Reader Event in Arizona!
AND NOW, A TREAT! Follow this link to view a slideshow of the whole event: http://youtu.be/EWKbXOwGVAA