(Warning: long post ahead. The fun stuff is in bold below for those who want to skip to that.)
That about sums up my RWA 2009 experience. Got off to a slightly rocky start, with flight delays, the hotel forgetting my wake-up call the first morning, and dropping and breaking the stupid hair dryer I had lugged in my suitcase (I hate those tiny hotel hair dryers). But after that, things really got rolling.
Wednesday night of the conference kicked off with the literacy signing.
Me at the signing
Confession: I stole this photo from Sharon Lathan (thanks Sharon!), who I ran into right before the signing. Sharon is the author of The Darcy Saga, the sigh-worthy story of what happens to Elizabeth and Darcy after Pride & Prejudice ends. I read the first book in the series, Mr. and Mrs. Fitzwilliam Darcy, earlier this year and enjoyed it very much. Not to mention, Sharon is such a warm, wonderful person and I’m so glad we got a chance to meet. Here she is at the signing:
Another picture from the signing, me with two lovely ladies, Susan and Colleen, who I met last year at RWA. So glad we could connect again this year!
Finished off Wednesday evening by having dinner with my editor where we discussed Book 3 (more on that below).
The workshops started on Thursday (yes, I actually attended several of them), and from thereon the rest of the conference was all about workshops, meeting up with fantastic, fun women (both new and old acquaintances), and generally having a blast. Now when I first started this blog, I wanted to talk about all the incredible women I met–authors, bloggers, and readers alike), but I quickly realized that if I tried to do that, I would forget someone and that would just be horrible. So I’m not going to try to name names–there were so many great women at this conference I wouldn’t even know where to start. That being said, I would be remiss if I didn’t say something about the Kati(e)s– Kati Dancy and Katiebabs. These two are just too much fun to hang out with–whether we’re talking about books, writing, Ryan Reynolds, inappropriate use of food in sex scenes, and anything in between.
Kati Dancy and myself
And here’s me with Katiebabs
I also have to throw shout-outs to Elizabeth/Anime June of Gossamer Obsessions and Amy/Aymless of Rambling About Books, who I had some great conversations with, and the illustrious Jane, for her hospitality.
Time for more pictures…
Joanna Bourne, Elizabeth/Anime June, and myself
Gannon and P.J. (from Romance Novel TV) and Katiebabs
Lots o’ people at the bar (who is that mystery woman, front left, I wonder…?)
Susan Elizabeth Phillips and myself
Like bloggers and readers, I couldn’t begin to tell you about all the incredible authors I met (I mean, look at these pictures alone, right– Joanne Bourne and SEP!). But again, I have to at least mention two in particular, Shiloh Walker and Colleen Gleason. Shiloh is smart, sassy, a straight-shooter, and just flat-out a blast to hang-out with. She’s also a great writer– have I told you how much I enjoyed Fragile? With all that, I guess I can excuse the fact that she wouldn’t let me take her darn picture. 😉
And then there’s Colleen Gleason, who I met for the first time at this conference and instantly hit it off with. Also smart, engaging, uber-friendly, and just plain cool as all hell (psst– she snuck a bottle of wine into the RITAs for us– how many levels of fun is that?). I haven’t read her books yet, but have heard incredible things about the Gardella Vampire Chronicles, which I’m going to buy, like, tomorrow. For some weird reason, I don’t have any pictures of us together (probably chatting too much to think to take one), but I snagged this one off her twitter page (hope you don’t mind, Colleen).
So that’s the nutshell version of my RWA 2009 experience. And then when I got home and walked in the door, my two year-old son came running up to hug me and the first thing he shouted was, “Mommy–author!” If that’s not just a priceless moment for any writer, I don’t know what is.
Alert–random digression ahead: Boy, you know you miss your family a ton when you come home after five days and the house is a total friggin’ disaster and you don’t care one bit. Pay attention ladies, because in all seriousness I think there’s a lesson to be learned from men here. After five days of having primary care-taking responsibilities, my husband accepted and had no problem embracing the fact that he simply couldn’t do it all. Why do women, on the other hand, think we must achieve this? Note to self: adopt husband’s philosophy in this vein. Although who am I kidding? If the house became a total disaster, so would I. 😉
Okay– now here comes the fun part. At dinner, my editor and I discussed Book 3, which I had turned in last week. She loves it! Hooray!! For those of you who’ve been following this blog, you know that I’ve been going crazy, working ’round the clock on that book. So now I’m in the mood to celebrate.
While at the conference, I scored some GREAT books. For you. I’m so darn happy about the way Book 3 came out, I feel like celebrating. So in the upcoming days (weeks?), I’m going to be giving away books written by many of the great authors I’ve met these days. So stayed tuned. I’ve got six fantastic books to giveaway–ones you won’t want to miss.