I'm sorry I haven't been around much, but I have a good excuse. First I was madly prepping to go to the Romance Writers of America (RWA) National Convention. This means writing like a crazy person to make up for the fact that I was going to lose five days of writing time (I normally write almost every day). And trying to figure out what the heck to wear, and then packing, and then (gulp) five and half hours on the bus to NYC.
Then, of course, I was actually AT the convention, and too busy to do much more than occasionally post a picture of my breakfasts on Facebook. (No, really, they were very good breakfasts. Lots of bacon.)
There are a number of reasons I go to the Nationals every few years. There are good workshops, and it is a great opportunity for networking. For me, though, the best part is the people I get to see that I don't have the opportunity to meet up with anywhere else. This was my third time attending, and in many ways it was very different from previous conventions. The first one I went to, in Washington, DC, I was just starting out in the fiction field, still looking for an agent. The second one, four years ago in NYC, I had my agent (the wonderful Elaine Spencer), but we hadn't sold a book yet. This year was my first time attending as a published author. This meant I got to take part in both the Literacy Signing Wednesday night (an insane mob scene also open to the public) and the Berkley signing on Friday for conference-goers only.
|At the Literacy Signing|
|I love having piles of my books! And they all disappeared in the first hour!|
On Thursday, I had breakfast with some Betty friends, including roommate Megan Coakley. If you're a Betty, raise your hand in the comments :-)
|Stephanie, Karen (who wasn't even at the convention and just drove in to see the rest of us), and Megan|
Hung out with brilliant author pal Mindy Klasky and hatched some possible plans...
|Me and Leis Pederson|
|That's the cheese in the cast iron pan, no longer flaming.|
On Friday, I got to go to two different workshops given by my favorite author, Jennifer Crusie. Jenny is not only a terrific author, she is a great teacher, and I credit her "Turning Points" workshop (that I went to at my first RWA, and then again this time) with improving my writing to the point where I finally got an agent. I started a standing tradition at that first Nationals of stalking her throughout the conference and giving her chocolate. (If you're going to stalk someone, you should at least make it worth her while.) This time I brought her handcrafted chocolates made by a local chocolatier. Yum.
|The stupendous, amazing, inspirational Jennifer Crusie|
|Megan, Jenny, Stephanie and me|
|Patience Bloom, who made me wish I had red hair|
|Bryant Park, where people were watching Shakespeare in the Park|
I suspect we'll celebrate with a giveaway sometime this week. Just because.
Where is the last interesting place you traveled to? Are you a journeyer or a homebody like me?