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Monday, July 16, 2007

RWA memories

Geez, it's hard to be home! One day back at the office and it feels like RWA is part of the pleistocene past or something. I miss my friends. I miss the drinks. I miss the spontaneous fun that is the hallmark of RWA.

There's something special about the friendship of fellow authors. They're the only people who know what it's like to walk around with voices in your head — a head with its own village of people, each one of whom is clamoriing to get out. They're the ones who know what it's like to miss your characters so much that you get depressed. They understand the thrill a good review brings and the desperation and panic that not being able to write can create inside the heart.

There's also something special about readers. They share the love affair we authors have with our characters. If I want to share my obsession with the MacKinnon brothers or Marc Hunter or Julian Darcangelo, my readers are there. When I need bolstering because my tendency to be self-critical overwhelms my muse, my readers are there.

RWA brings them both together so beautifully!

Here are some of my favorite photos from RWA. (Thanks to Leiha for bringing her camera and emailing me these pics!)

The best thing about this year's RWA was being together with my mother. After some health scares, it was such a blessing to have her with me. As one really wonderful bookseller said to me, "Your mom is your RITA." And she was.

This is my home girl, Bonnie Vanak. She was such an angel to me throughout the week, helping me through my RITA jitters with drink after drink. It was wonderful to spend so much time with her.

When I want to find CJ Barry/Samantha Graves, I look in the bar. And here she was again! I was able to hang out and let my hair dry before the Daphne Awards.

My mother got out on the dance floor at the Harlequin party on Friday night to do the twist. She had a blast.

This is me getting a little wild with RBL's Su. She's so much fun (and so sexy) that she ought to be illegal.

Bonnie, Emma Holly and I hit the dance floor together at Harlequin. Though Emma and I have known each other via Internet for a few years, this conference marks the first time we met face to face. I had a blast! She's a sweetheart and very funny!

Gennita Low and I have been friend since we first became authors, and I love getting together with her every year at these events — and on her occasional visits to Denver.

I had the honor of being the first filling of the night in the Asian Persuasion Sammich featuring Leiha and Su. I'll be your vanilla any day, girls! Some people nearby were shocked by this pose. We're not sure why.

More photos as they become available...


Leiha said...

I love that your mom was your RITA! She so was! She was glowing with pride for you. As for the dancing, I saw her drag you up a couple of times, she was getting her groove on, LOL.

Pamela it was wonderful being there and seeing you and sharing in your excitement.

Bring on San Francisco!

One of my biggest thrills was meeting you and Bonnie and having the chance to talk to you more than once and meet you mom. My biggest regret? That I didn't get any pictures of us together :( But by that time I'd lost my camera.
And I'm holding you too the Three Blind Dogs deal :) And I'll let you know how it went with Loreena.

Ronlyn said...

Oh so much fun!! I wish I could have been there to have fun (and drinks) too!

Sammy just came over to talk to me and saw your photo and said, "That's Pammy. She's my friend." *melting*

Love ya honey!

Leiha, I'm ready for San Fran right now. Let's go! It was seriously wonderful to see you again. My mom thought you were all as sweet as pie. I'm so glad you ended up coming!

Kristie, I realized last night that I don't have a picture of our get-together either, and I was seriously bummed. Maybe Bonnie has some. I'll have to ask her. And it's Old Blind Dogs. That made me LOL. Three Blind Dogs is like a fusion of Three Dog Night and Scottish trad or something. LOL!!!

Oh, Ronlyn, I melted, too, when I read what Sammy said! You give my friend Sammy a big, big hug from me! And little Alexander, too. I hope you're healing up and getting sleep these days! We need to catch up soon.

Casee said...

I think you're the only author that I got an autograph from, but no picture. What's up w/ that?

I still giggle a little when I think about you telling my friend and I that Extreme Exposure was based on a true story. Aside from the kiln part, that is. LOL

Debbie H said...

Hi, Girl! Had loads of fun spending time with you. Package is on the way today!
I am so glad your mom was there to share some good times with you. Mothers love to see their children happy and from the looks of the pics you were having a blast! I will have to plan better next time it is near me and hit that party!

Aimee said...

Your mom is a beautiful woman, and that is SO awesome she's fabulous on the INSIDE too!
I love all the pictures, and I'm sad I'm not in any of them LOL

I loved your speech BTW...
And you're always a winner to me (((hugs)))

You look marvelous Dawling!

Gennita said...

So much fun again, darlink, drinking and eating with you, and laughing our asses off about...nothing ;-). And hey, look, they didn't get any pix of us tonguing each other! Heehee.

Ghlutton said...

I had a blast dancing with you and your mom, dahling!!!

You were both glowing! I should have known she could cut a rug. She passed the gene down to you!!

I can't wait for San Francisco!! I'm gonna eat and dance like never before!!


Hi, Casee! I wish you'd gotten that photo! What were we thinking? Your friend did get a bit of a shocked look on her face, didn't she? I've got some reader friends coming to visit in a few weeks, and I'm taking them on the Extreme Exposure/Hard Evidence tour that includes the cement plant.

Debbie, I have to say I'm sad it's over because I really enjoyed spending time with you. I could have spent a lot more time with you. It will be a while before RWA is back in Texas, but maybe we can connect somewhere else. Like Scotland. :-)

Aimee, thanks so much for your sweet words! When do I get to give you that hug I've been saving for you for a few years now???

Gennita, I'm amazed that no one got a photo of us tonging one another. Obviously people weren't paying attention! You make me laugh, girl! I can't wait to see you again. When's your next book out? Let's make a pilgrimage to Beth Anne's. I miss you!!!

Ghlutton, darling, thanks so much for the fun! But I don't want to wait until San Fran to see you again. So what can we do about that? Stay naughty!

Debbie H said...

Pamela, are you considering Scotland? It would be sooo much fun to have you with us! We could be roomies. Could you write this off on taxes as research for your next two historicals? Hey, I'll try every angle. LOL

Joanie said...

Hey there, I agree with Aimee, you are a winner to me and to all of us Pamela.

You also crack me up...."It's the Grassy Knoll!" That is so something I would say and when they all looked at me I'd be like "What? It IS the grassy knoll!" I get it.

You looked awesome getting your groove on and your mum looks like a lovely lady, some people just wear their good nature on their faces, don't they? ....Not like me!

I have caught up on all the post's I've missed and can say that "The Wolf and the Dove" started me off on romance novels.

So sorry you lost your friend, but it sounds like she will always be with you.

Take care chicka-dee.

Joanie xx

Your mom rocks. I wish I had her energy. It was great hanging out with my home girl, Pamela. Once a year is NOT enough. And like I said before, you're a brilliant, talented, fantastic author and I see great things in your future. SURRENDER rocks. I would have cried on the plane reading it if not for the odd woman mumbling to herself next to me. Didn't want to disturb her monologue.

Chez said...

Oooh more piccies, I adore living vicariously through you lot over there. It is so clear to read the good time being had by the joy on the faces.

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