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Thursday, July 05, 2007

RWA Ramblings

What does this photo have to do with RWA? Who cares? Enjoy the view, chicas.

I don't think I've ever been as aware of an approaching RWA conference as I am this year. I told myself that I would not go to RWA this year unless I was a RITA finalist, knowing full well that my chances of being in that final number were roughly the equivalent of my sprouting feathers and flying to the moon.

And then I got the phone call.

As I told you all, I nearly fainted when the voice on the other end told me Surrender had made that final cut. I truly had to grab and chair and hang on because gravity and adrenaline were doing a number on my brain.

Once I recovered, I registered for the conference thinking it would be my funnest, easiest, lightest conference yet. I don't have a panel to give, no presentations to make it through despite a horrendous hangover like last year. (Why do they always give me early morning panels? It's almost as if they know I'm going to be hung over.)

Tonight I wrote up my schedule, and I realized it may be my busiest conference yet due to the RITAs and the Daphnes. Am I complaining? Heck, no! Bring it on! Meetings, more meetings, still more meetings. Luncheons, breakfasts, dinners, RITA rehearsal (who knew they rehearsed the ceremony?) and DRINKS. Yes, at the end of the day, drinks!

A week from this moment, I'll be drunk on chocolate at the Daphne du Maurier Awards. For those of you who've never attended Death By Chocolate, it is Nirvana for the chocoholic. The only thing that could make it better would be nude men coated in chocolate and placed on the tables for us to nibble. But, hey, I know that probably violates some kind of food-safety code. Um... Sorry, distracted myself...

At any rate, it's absolutely going to be my busiest conference yet, and with the need to commute from the Adam's Mark to the Hyatt for the conference, time is going to be very crunched. Trickiest of all will be getting dressed for the RITAs between dinner and the start of the award ceremony next Saturday. I think I'm going to be able to borrow my agent's room at the Hyatt to quick-change from dinner clothes to glamor gown. If not, then perhaps it's the phone booth like Superman.

A huge contingent of women will be there from RBL Romantica, and I'm looking so forward to seeing them all. I'm also looking forward to meeting Emma Holly face to face and connecting again with Bonnie, Gennita Low (no getting lost outside the hotel this year, Jenna!), CJ Barry, Ann Christopher, and a whole host of other wonderful people — authors, booksellers, librarians, the great folks at both of my publishing houses — and my agent, Natasha Kern, whom I've seen three times this year.

So those of you who are reading my blog who will be attending RWA — what are you most looking forward to this year?

For me it will be sitting at the literacy signing with that beautiful RITA finalist banner on my table — and seeing everyone again!


Debbie H said...

Well, since I will be there for Wednesday night only, YOU of course!!! I can't wait! I will be definitely getting pics.

You know, if they can't coat the guys with chocolate, they could at least have nude men serving the chocolate. Instead of you taking a piece off the tray, they could put the piece in your mouth. Yes, I know how that sounds and I mean it that way! BEG

Bo said...

You know I never get tired of looking at our BOTY pick,P.C.! God,he's hot! I still feel jipped that Marcus beat him *G*

I so wish I was going to RWA! One of these years I will get there.But I have to make it to CO first. You will have to enjoy the chocolate for me,I'm counting on you,LOL.And the only safety code I think they're violating is not serving the chocolate on a suitable platter,skin! *G* Esp. if it was on beach guy,ooh,can you imagine?

Well - at the risk of sounding like I'm kissing up *g* I'm looking forward to meeting you in person! I'm also looking forward to meeting my fellow roommates. We've 'known' each other for a couple of years now - but this will be the first time I've met them in person.
And there's a whole bunch more I'm looking forward to too. To much to mention all of it. I'm just looking forward to the whole experience.

Debbie H — Aw, thanks! How wonderful to be looked forward to. LOL! Not long to wait now... And I like your idea. I'd be delighted to take a piece presented in such a fashion! (Even without the chocolate!)

Bo, I am SO WITH YOU. How the women at RBL could vote for anyone else after seeing this sexy angel blows my mind. Of course, you and I know what the rest of the photo looks like. Sigh.

Kristie J, I am so looking forward to meeting you. FINALLY! After all these years. Well, it has been a few years, hasn't it? Be prepared to be hugged.

That goes for you, too, Debbie.

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