I'm back with a head full of ideas and great memories from my first RWA. It was a fantastic, crazy, head-spinning experience. Loved it. :)
A Few Highlights
Janet Evanovich's keynote speech, especially the story of the day she almost gave up writing...and what happened next. Pure unadulterated inspiration.
The FF&P Chapter sponsored "The Gathering" dinner where I got to meet, greet and/or hang out with my Skiffy Rommer cohorts, Sharon Lynn Fisher, Lisa Paitz Spindler and Jess Granger (pssst! you can see our pic on The Galaxy Express), and listen to a fabulous panel of authors answer questions about Paranormal Romance.
A workshop featuring Lessons of Firefly (of course!) and Joss Whedon's amazing character-building talents hosted by Jacqui Jacoby, a paranormal writer and Golden Heart finalist. (But I'm so bummed I didn't win a Browncoats t-shirt.)
Two words. Free books!
Listening to Dorchester senior editor Chris Keeslan's infectious enthusiasm for "BATTLE SILF" (not sure of the spelling), a March 2010 Paranormal release. Can't wait for this one!
The "Titanic" staircase in the grand ballroom at the Marriott Wardman Park.
Hearing Dorchester is saying YES to SFR.
Hearing TOR is saying YES to SFR. (Do you sense a pattern here?)
The Goody Room.
Asking a very attractive waiter, "How are your muscles?" (Honest, I really meant the shellfish.)
Meeting other SFR writers. (Yes, there are others. We're a rare but hardy breed.) *waves to Donna*
Sharing an elevator with Brenda Novak--but not figuring out it was really Brenda Novak until two seconds after she'd stepped off. Special note to RWA: Please, please, please make the names larger on the nametags. :]
The Rita and Golden Heart Awards ceremony. The Academy Awards for romance books!
Anne Stuart's crazy cell phone intro and endlessly entertaining wardrobe changes.
Being invited to sit in the finalist section at the awards ceremony with Golden Heart finalist Sharon Lynn Fisher.
Being cab-less after the awards ceremony, and somehow ending up sharing a ride with a well-known agent. (Does this kind of thing only happen at RWA?)
Much more on RWA later.