THINGS I SAW AT THE ROMANTIC TIMES CONVENTION IN DALLAS THIS WEEK

Picture if you will, 2700 fans of romance novels all crammed into one hotel...
  1. An 11-foot high poster of author Sylvia James
  2. Shirtless cowboy photos on the hotel keycards
  3. Pink, purple or blue ombré hair on multiple 50+ yr old women
  4. A man wearing a tshirt with an image of himself, including flocked velvet beard
  5. A quartet of cosplayers dressed as steampunk Wizard of Oz
  6. A pirate (amateur)
  7. A cowboy (professional)
  8. Too many corsets
  9. E. L. James
  10. Eloisa James
  11. A serving of brisket the size of my head
  12. 875 pounds of books given away in 20 minutes