Tuesday, August 01, 2006

RWA Day One

For the next few days, let's pretend it's a week ago and that I shelled out $12.95/day for internet access, then had copious free time to blog each day about my conference experience.

That's why I'm a fantasy writer. My suspension of disbelief is weightless.

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Had a great flight--window seat and no one next to me. Delta Airlines offers a choice of five different snacks. How sad is it that airline service has deteriorated to the point where that impresses the hell out of me?

My roommate Rachel's flight got in an hour late, so I waited for her and ate a mediocre sandwich at Atlanta Bread Factory while listening to a pair of extreme Georgians at the next table. I realized, of course, that anyone coming to Baltimore for the first time would think, "My God, I didn't know people really talked like that outside of a John Waters film!" So I withheld judgment on the extreme Georgians.

Had drinks later (okay, one heart-attack-inducingly expensive glass of whiskey that cost almost as much as the entire bottle in my cupboard that I bought on sale) in the hotel bar with my roommate's Kiss of Death chapter folk. Some of the writers I met include Sharon Mignerey and Mary Buckham.

Also met Margie Lawson, who taught an amazing online workshop I took last January called Defeating Self-Defeating Behaviors. She's a counseling psychologist and specializes in working with creative types who need guidance on getting their acts together.

The Kiss of Death, by the way, is the RWA chapter for writers of romantic suspense/mystery/thrillers, or those who just like to kill people in their books. Since EOC is pretty death-y, it sounds like the chapter for me!

Our other roommate, Julia, arrives tomorrow. I predict that she'll be just as cool as Rachel.



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