The one regret I had... well, the two regrets I have are that I didn't pack any trousers; when the weather went off a little I got cold and I don't like cold!, and opting to buy tickets for individual panels instead of the weekender pass. I really missed out on some great panels and did look a bit of a loner when I was sat in the bar all on me lonesome. Plus, economically, the pass is better value and you get first choice at the panels. I missed out on the 'must see' panel of the weekend, featuring Zoe Sharp as moderator, with panellists Lee Child, Sue Grafton, Brian McGilloway and Jacqueline Winspear and to say I was disappointed would be somewhat of an understatement. Lesson learned.
I did get some writing done and found free wi-fi in the Greenhouse pub, who also had Coors Light on tap - score! And with the new friends I made renewing my enthusiasm, I have returned home and have written every day since. The back of the book is broken - I've passed the half-way point and I'm determined to have this book finished in record time.
That's the great thing about these events, aside from the invaluable contacts you make, friendships you form and fun you have, they remind you why you write in the first place. They revive your enthusiasm and kick-start your pen. This year was Crimefest's 5th birthday and will be Harrogate's 10th and I hope they'll see many more significant birthdays