I always come back with conference with my mind filled with wonderful vignettes of memories. Because to me conference is always so fragmented–you run into old friends here and there, unexpected meetings, new friends, off to a workshop, dinner, lunch, last minute changes, bad shoes.
And this year was no different. Some of my highlights were meeting Anna Campbell for the first time, and though I only got to chat with her for a little bit, she was one of those people that you meet and know is a kindred spirit. She loves to travel and I am so envious of all the time she’s spent in the UK. Jane Porter had told me how truly lovely she was and Jane was right–Anna is a delightful lady.
I also got a chance to chat with Beverly Jenkins for just the length of a bus ride from one hotel to another. It wasn’t enough time, but it reminded me of how much I respect her and how I’ve never gotten a good chance to get to know her. I had been thinking of her earlier in the week, and was thrilled to find myself sitting by her on the bus.
But the biggest highlight was sitting next to Julia Quinn at the Awards Ceremony when she won her RITA. I realized that she’d won before she did (which is probably the first time I think I’ve ever beaten Julia to the punch!), but then again it might have been the deafening scream I let out that stunned her for a few seconds giving me the advantage. Seeing a good friend, someone who has been mentor and sister to me for so many years win, was thrilling.
But then there was the issue of how she was going to get RITA home. Well, I have to tell you, she traveled in style. Well, in Coach actually: