So here's some of the shiny happy stuff specifically regarding physical contact.
Like I said, I am a hug-powered 'song. I am also a lap kitten. I am a snuggler. feste_sylvain glowed at my description of the lovers spooning in my story at Saturday's reading. I am at my absolute happiest when there is lots and lots of happy, welcome touch.
So this was a really happy weekend.
s00j, oministi, and stealthcello give some of my favorite hugs of all time. OF ALL TIME. And there was so much of that. I love having a friendship with K that involves gentle nonsexual physical affection on a near-constant basis; ditto s00j, although she was busier. It's a huge comfort-and-love thing.
And I got that from tons of friends. Most of my friends. And my friends at Arisia count in the dozens at least. I think I spent the whole weekend going from one person's arms to another, and that was wonderful. cluegirl and aquila_dominus, I need to see y'all more often, because yay, good touch. Lots of you. I cannot possibly list all of the people I hugged. But rest assured that if I hugged you, I found that wonderful and happy-making.
Likewise being a lap kitten. Thank you, mangosteen, and of course feste_sylvain. :)
There was also much kissing. Some first kisses, some of which became second and third kisses, and yay for that, too!
I made several new friends this weekend - some brand new, some who I just hadn't gotten the chance to really get to know before - and with some, that physical affection snapped right into place. That body comfort is a beautiful thing.
I think everyone at Arisia could tell that I was pretty much constantly exuberant. :) But I realize that some of the posts after could leave someone who hadn't been there wondering. So! I assure you that it was a lovely time, especially in that regard.
More about the really great things in this con tomorrow. Highlights will include my reading and how I'm viewing myself as a writer, holding my own in excellent intellectual discourse for which I am less trained than other participants, leveling up as a moderator, and more. (Really, I'm not sure why it fills me with such glee to be known as a good moderator. That'll take some figuring out, too. But it is so nonetheless.)