. . .is that I’m back from San Antonio and the conference of the Romance Writers of America. It is an absolutely overwhelming and exhausting experience: 2,000 writers meeting together to network, chat, learn, meet and mingle–and some to party. Okay, most to party.
The conference, from Wednesday to Saturday of last week, is like a space station filled with the friendliest, most helpful people you’ll ever meet, circling in our own universe. Yes, 95% of those who attend are women so whole lot of talking going on.
Wednesday evening was the literacy signing. Published authors sit at tables filling a ballroom. At five-thirty, the doors are opened and crowds rush in to buy and have their books signed by the writer. The books are donated by publishing companies. This year, $58,000 was made, all of which goes to literacy: creating readers by selling books. I have to say this is, for me, an amazing experience and, every year, I’m so proud to be seated there and signing among all the amazing writers gathered.
Saturday evening is the awards presentation, a huge gala during which the best among published and unpublished novels and writers are honored.
In between, we attend workshops and meeting editors and do other signings and wear ourselves out greeting old friends and . . . and I’m so tired I can’t even think of anything exciting to write in my blog.
I’ll do better next week. I promise!
I got a pedicure Thursday and now look down at bright coral toenails that don’t look a bit like mine. During that hour of pampering, I discovered my feet are a great deal more ticklish than I’d realized. Everyone in the shop was laughing with me because–for a few minutes–I couldn’t stop.
Why did I have this, only my second pedicure? Because I’m leaving for the national conference of Romance Writers of America today where I’ll join 2,000 of my best friends in San Antonio. Probably half the writers in Texas and many from the rest of the US plus members from Canada and Europe and Australia and other places will gather there for days of networking, workshops, greeting old friends and making more. I’ll be participating in two signings, several parties and will be “doing” breakfast and dinners with friends I’ve known through RWA for fifteen years or more. What fun!
When I went to my first RWA conference in 1995, I entered the ballroom for the book signing. Saw rows of tables, hundreds of writer with their books stacked in front of them and hoards of readers wandering through. At that time, I vowed, “I’m going to be here someday.” Six years later, I was. After ten books, it’s still fun.
I’ve rested up for this and have nap time scheduled so I won’t wear out before I have to drive home, but I’m ready! Just have to pack, take the kitties to the spa, and take off!
Hope you all have a wonderful week. Hope to see some of you in San Antonio.