It’s hard to be unique in Las Vegas. Much more so at a conference in Vegas for indie writers attended by costumed witches, aliens, and fairies. Hell, I saw Batman walking the floor, too.
I couldn’t imagine that two non-costumed authors could come close to being unique in this environment.
I was wrong.
Our unique aspect has nothing to do with wardrobe and makeup; it has to do with being brothers. Two author brothers seemed to raise as many brows as the green-eyed pixie or the Han Solo impersonator.
Rob is my youngest brother and convinced me from the 2021 floor of the 20Booksto50K show that I should be there walking the seminars with him.
This year we did.
Rob and I share a lot of things, family being the most obvious, but also a love of writing and music and intended puns. But we’re also ridiculously different. I’m East coast and live 5 minutes from Chesapeake Bay in Maryland. He’s West coast and lives 5 minutes from Puget Sound just south of the Canadian border in Washington. He chose a teaching career. I chose the Navy.
When it comes to our writing passions, I love to write. OK, we both do. I like to write Sci-Fi Adventure and Mystery. Rob writes Apocoloptimistic Sci-Fi (His description not mine) and is the freak who loves to market his ideas. Together? Well, that’s what this week was about. Rob and I have only met up incidentally throughout our professional careers, so spending a week together was a learning experience.
Rob has a lot of things going for him. A solid sense of direction is not one of them. When he picked me up from the airport and drove back to Bally’s (with the help of smart phone navigation, no less) I didn’t expect a guided tour that crisscrossed downtown Vegas multiple times. I did enjoy the one I got, though.
And while the strategy of Just Follow Me on our way to and from dinner sparked countless shared memories and creative conversations, according to my watch, it also sparked a looping route that logged 6.37 miles.
My feet are still throbbing.
It’s true, Rob doesn’t always know where he’s going, and if we’re being truthful, do any of us? Reconnecting and rediscovering has been great this week, and we’ve agreed. We don’t know where we’re going, but together, we’re going to figure it out.