Boy, did I have fun! I met so many old friends and new friends while hanging out at the bar/lobby of the Marriott that I wished I had another day. I’m still kicking myself for not finding Leanna Renee Heiber or Isabo Kelly to congratulated them on their Prism awards. At least I hooked up with my lovely BFF, Nancy Haddock for dinner and good times.
Friday. I left at 8:30am and didn’t get to my hotel until 5pm. Why? Because traffic sucked. But it REALLY sucked every time I wanted to turn into the hotel but couldn’t because a damn fire truck or police car was in the way. I spent 3 hours trying to get to my hotel because the fucking streets were laid out like spaghetti.
By the time I finally arrived at my hotel, I had missed the Samhain wine and cheese fest. Boy, was I bummed about that. Even worse, some jackass pulled the fire alarm at 5:30. So that means I was in my hotel for only half hour before I had to leave it again. I was tired, pissed, and ready to torch my room to make sure the fire trucks didn’t waste their time. Anyway, I headed over to the Marriott and the first person I ran into was the amazing Kimberely Kaye Terry and Jean Marie Ward before meeting up with JT Bock and Karmela Johnson. In the process, I got a chance to make a new friend, the lovely CatMarsters/Kate Johnson. Not only does she have a cool British accent, but a wicked sense of humor. Did I also mention how stylish she is? 🙂 After dinner, we retreated back to the hotel where I met that fabulous and very beautiful Elizabeth (didn’t get her last name) and the endearing Alix Rickloff. Boy, is she a sweetheart. At 12:45am, it was time to call it a night. Besides, Baby Girl kept kicking up a storm with all of the loud voices in at the bar.
Saturday. I had time on my hands and had good intentions to go to see the sights. Didn’t happen. Instead, I went to the Marriott and kept running into more friends. I hung out with the amazing and incredible Samantha Kane and Mari Freeman. By the way. I owe Samantha big time! She had an extra ticket left for the awards ceremony so I could hold my buddy, Elizabeth Langston’s, hand when they were announcing the finalist for the Golden Heart. Without the extra ticket, I wasn’t going to be able to go. So go buy Samantha’s books because she’s a fantastic writer and a great friend! Anyway, by hanging out with them, we ran into the beautiful Eden Bradley(gotta love this woman) and sweet-thang Jax Cassidy. BTW, Jax will be doing my next website redesign. No way am I doing that shit again. 😆 Anyway, shortly after they left to do their panel, the fire alarm went off. I kid you not. It was like a fire alarm a day in DC. Anyway, I then ran into the fun-loving Emily Rose and her beau, some more authors whose names escape me, and finally, dinner with the beautiful Nancy Haddock. Gosh, I love this woman to pieces! Also, I bumped into Margie Lawson, Jenna Black, several times, in fact, Jeri Smith-Ready (such a sweetheart), Ms. Lady Jane’s Salon herself, Maya Rodale, and the very cool Virginia Kantra. Did I mention I bumped into Karin Tabke, too? I blame it on the chocolate covered strawberries for bringing us together. 😉 Finally, I closed out the day hooking up with JT, Cat, Elizabeth, and Alix again. And just when I thought that was the end…I run into Nancy again and she introduced me to her amazing editor. No, I didn’t pitch a book at her, but we had a great time coming up with a fantastical story of how Nancy got published. 😉
Sunday. I left at 8:30am and got home just before 1:30pm where I crashed. No excitement there.
Highlights. Baby Girl kicked on cue for a couple of people. That was pretty awesome for a couple of folks. Either BG likes the excitement or she was thumping me to tell everyone to be quiet. Either way, she garnished me a lot of attention. Not only that, but I got a lot of kudos for choosing motherhood instead of it choosing me. 🙂
So that was my big RWA adventure. All in all, I give it a B+. It would’ve been an A, but I forgot that you can’t get free books at the publisher signings unless you’re a registered conference goer. Tha sucked. But at the same time, for all the books I would’ve loved to have picked up, they don’t amount to $475. So, I’m good. But because of this fabulous experience, I’ll definitely be attending RWA Nationals 2010 a day or two early and it will be registration-less. 😉