Darynda Jones, Featured Bloggers

Casey’s Thank You Speech

On Saturday afternoon, I gave a speech during lunch because there are so, so many people I need to thank for helping me with my first ever Reading Until Dawn Con.  For those of you who missed the speech, or want to read through it again, here is my Thank You Speech.

For those of you who don’t know me, I’m Casey, the crazy brains behind Reading Until Dawn Con. AKA the Mother Fucking Boss!

Before this con, the biggest party I ever put together was my 17th birthday party, when six of my friends came over to my house.

Obviously, this was a huge venture for me and I have so, so many people I need to thank.

First, I want to thank Darynda Jones for loving and adoring me so much that she agreed to be the emcee and stuck with me as I learned the ropes.

To all of my Featured Authors for taking a chance on a brand new con – thank you.

My Featured Bloggers did a phenomenal job in helping promote the con.

My entire family – both biological and adopted. Thank you for dealing with me and supporting me unconditionally.

My incredible friend Janet, who heard about the con and immediately offered to help, even though she doesn’t read as much as I do.

Cynthia St. Aubin who has made me cry happy tears at least a dozen times with her brilliance, creativity, and kindness. And that’s not counting the time that she immortalized me in her novella as a famous rockstar.

Roselynn Cannes, is the most amazing friend I could ever ask for. She has talked me off the ledge countless times. And when I said, “I need to channel my inner Leslie Knope,” she looked at me and said, “No! Channel your inner Casey Harris-Parks. She’s more awesome than Leslie Knope. She’s got this!”

Jackie Morgan, who has been my boss at Literary Escapism for the past five years, and when she heard about my venture, started asking how she could help. And was then inspired to create her own con! Rust City Book Con, next August in Detroit, Michigan. It’s going to be amazing! You should go.

I owe so, so much to Jennifer Morris, director of Coastal Magic Con. She was one of the first people I started talking to about Reading Until Dawn Con, and over the past year, I’ve probably asked her five million questions. No, no. Probably closer to five billion questions.

All of you should check out her annual Coastal Magic Con next February in Daytona Beach, Florida. It’s going to be freaking awesome. Like it always is.

And last, I want to thank each and every one of you sitting here today. Yes, you. You heard about Reading Until Dawn Con and decided it sounded awesome enough that you took the time out of your schedule to come here and party with us. And by doing so, you helped my dream become a reality. I cannot thank you enough.

Thank you all so much for such an incredible weekend!

P.S. Thank to everyone who donated to our Charity Raffle. We raised $200 for the Wild Animal Sanctuary!


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