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Thursday, July 28, 2016

2016 RWA Conference

I had the good fortune of attending the 2016 RWA Conference in San Diego earlier this month (which is why this post is late…I totally got thrown off my routine and you know, if you’ve read my blog before, that I am a creature of habit and routine!)
There was so much to see and do, it was a bit overwhelming (all right, it was a lot overwhelming!) and I had a raging case of sensory overload. As you know, much of a writer’s life is spent in solitude with her (or his) characters and the computer. Even if one has a day job (which I do), most of the talking is in one’s head. Not so at a conference of this size! There were over 2000 attendees! Wow! I think we pretty much took over the hotel!
The highlights for me:
1.    Getting to spend time with Lexi Post, critique partner extraordinaire, her fabulous DH, several writer friends I hadn’t seen in a while and meeting new authors I hadn't met before.
2.    The weather! When I left Phoenix, it was 106 blast furnace degrees. I landed in San Diego to 74 degrees and an ocean breeze. I came in a day early and explored the city a little bit, which I loved and at night, when the sun dipped into the horizon, I needed a light sweater. Heaven! Pure bliss!
3.    Meeting my publishers for the first time (shout out to Tara, Julie and Jess at Crimson Romance…so nice to meet you in person. You are wonderful, but I already knew that!) as well as some of the other authors who write for Crimson….ladies, it was a pleasure!)
4.    Attending as many workshops as humanly possible. And there were a lot, all superbly given by some of my favorite authors. It’s amazing how much I didn’t know I didn’t know (did that make sense?). By the time Saturday rolled around, my brain was full, bursting with information…and ideas! So many ideas!
5.    And finally, books, books, books! Again, just heaven for a lover of the written word like me!
All in all, a fantastic trip (if a bit exhausting) and I will do it again. If you ever have the opportunity to attend this conference, I highly recommend you do so….you won’t regret it.

As always, happy reading!

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