I’ve found myself having a hard time coming down from the conference this week. I just didn’t want the fun and energy to stop. To prolong the love, I’ve been reading everyone else’s posts about the SF RWA conference and thought I’d share them, along with extending my own posts about the conference:
My First Time – Oh, get your mind out the gutter, it wasn’t that first time. But it seemed to be a lot of folks first time at conference, including Abi at Waxcreative, Ciara Stewart (who, BTW, for someone who went for the first time and claims to be shy, well, folks that girl rocked the conference with her networking and smarts) as well as Rachael, who I found through RavelryPreview » and her very cool sweater and I swear I met her at conference, or maybe it was at the yarn shop. I remember my first conference (Chicago in the early 90s) and wish I’d had half these women’s savvy and coolness. I was such a nerd back then.
Also in this category is author Joanne Bourne, (The Spymaster’s Lady, My Lord and Spymaster) who was having her very first booksigning at the Literacy signing. She confided in me before the mayhem started that she was nervous that no one would come by to see her. I just laughed because we’ve all heard the buzz about her wonderful books, and people, I’ve done this for a, ahem, few years, and I knew she’d be just fine. Notice the line of people that NEVER went away the entire signing. Watch this lady–her books are great and readers know it.
But beside the blogs out there, I’ve been cleaning up the suitcase, which always comes home a jumbled mess, and sifting through photos and emails and notes from folks and smiling as everyone shares their thanks and hellos and well, the love that comes with being with so many smart, wonderful ladies.
My New Glasses – I’ve gone for years wearing contacts and hating them. They are a pain in the patootie, IMHO. So last year, I ditched them in favor of glasses and finally got around to getting new glasses. I have to say that a lot of people didn’t recognize me. It was sort of hilarious to walk past someone you’ve known for years and say “Hi!” and have them do the double take as if to say “Who the heck was that?!” Also hindering my incognito status was the short do, instead of the big mane of unruly hair. So thanks to Christina Arbini for snapping this photo at the signing.
Hand Knits – You might also notice the sweater I am wearing which I knit in 5 days before conference. It was fun to wear, but more fun was that whenever I was wearing the handknits (this one and a black one I managed as well to get done before conference) I ended up meeting tons and tons of fellow romance writers/knitters. Sort of like big wooly flair, if you know what I mean. I discovered my agent knits as well. Always knew she was good people.
Friends – What is the point of all this if coming to conference isn’t about seeing the friends? I had to laugh when I ran into Melissa McClone in line for the Avon signing. I grabbed her up and made her cut the line, telling her if anyone asks, “You’re my assistant.” She laughed, was a good sport and then promptly ditched me for Susan Elizabeth Phillips. I was feeling the love and didn’t blame her in the least. (Check out Melissa’s conference diary reports–she had as much or more fun than I did!)
I had lunch with Laura Lee Guhrke, caught up with Nicole Burnham, yakked with Abi Bowling from Waxcreative, and then totally muffed my category when I presented the RITA for Best Paranormal. Jinxed myself by earlier in the day saying with all my usual humility, “Oh, presenting is so easy.” Until you have to say Kara Cesera. Three times. And screw it up each time. Sigh. At least I didn’t trip.
But the best part was sitting next to Julia Quinn as she won the RITA for the second year in the row. I will humbly say I am her good luck charm. And like last year, I got the picture of her new RITA riding home in style.
PS – I also came home with a bunch of books and goodies that I have no room for. My overstuffed closet is your gain because between now and August 25th, I’m having a blog contest and someone will win a box of conference goodies. Just leave a comment. More on the loot and contest on Monday.