Blythe and Lynn have already done such a great job of summing up our RWA experience, that I’ll only add a few personal notes.
I always have a wonderful time at the conference, but I agree with Blythe’s assessment that everyone seemed less stressed and ready to enjoy themselves. It was, in fact, all good.
I will add that Sherry Thomas’ Rita win was one that made me very, very happy. I’ve been championing the author since her debut and I think it’s a safe bet that Sherry will very shortly be taking her place as one of romance’s greats. I was also pleased, as were Blythe and Lynn, to see Julia Quinn inducted into the Hall of Fame for three Rita wins in the same category.
Everyone kept asking for gossip and most of it I had, I wasn’t free to share. (Conversation killer, right there.) Still, it all goes back to Blythe’s observation: We were there to celebrate and share the happy and that’s mostly what we ended up doing.
I discovered that Blythe is peppy and energetic in the morning. When I opened my eyes at 7:15, she was already dressed and ready to go for her morning workout.
I also discovered that Lynn is w-a-a-a-a-y more calm than I am about snakes, since she reported without emotion that she had seen two snakes – one reassuringly (and harmlessly) black and another of a undetermined multi-color variety (gulp) – while on her morning walk.
Important things to learn about both, eh?
I don’t have much to add to Blythe’s report about the literacy signing. I sought out my faves – including Deanne Raybourn and Elizabeth Hoyt – while Blythe and Lynn visited theirs. It was a good turnout, though about average from what I’ve seen in the past six years. Then we went to the blogger bash where I got to meet some of my online favorites, including Super Wendy (who is still incredible even though she doesn’t wear a cape) and Magdalen. Also enjoyed chatting with Kristy J once again. There were a lot of people there and it was kind of tough to meet everyone without taking on the bar’s stratospheric decibel level – so my apologies to everyone I didn’t mention.