There are a lot of things I enjoy about RWA, but the lines aren’t one of them. It’s sort of like Disney without the heat, although there’s a lot to be said about a lack of heat. I thought it was hot in DC, but this was worse. Every time I stepped out of the Swan, it was like some kind of horrible torture. It wasn’t just hot, it was humid, nasty and all around ugly. No shade, no breeze, nasty stagnant lagoon with water weeds and this smell—like coconut sunscreen and sweat.
I have no clue how some people stayed so cool and tidy looking, because even the lecture rooms were hot. I had my fan out and tried to avoid the rooms that drew a crowd. One woman got so mad the lecture she wanted to attend--fifteen minutes after it’d started—was full. It was Susan Elizabeth Phillips. Standing room only. You had to be there early. Guess she'll have to listen to it on the tape.
I’m glad I’m a geek because the lectures I really wanted to go to were fairly empty. I went to the lecture Theresa moderated—can’t remember what it was, but it must have been okay since I sat through it, lol.
Their last lecture—Make it Happen was beyond fabulous. I don’t think they can “do” a bad lecture. It’s not really craft, but inspiration. Every single time I listen to these women speak, I cry, and I am totally not the most touchie-feelie kind of individual. That’s serious talent, and the kind of warm-fuzzies that make you want to go out and persevere. If you ever get the chance to listen to these women, it’s worth your while. You can get their latest--Rejection, how to use it--through the Bill’s Pro people although it's not up yet. Or if you’re buying the conference CD, you might want to check them out. Good stuff.
For everyone there that’s unpublished or “under” published—the presence of so many agents and editors are like flakes of gold at the bottom of a river. Hard work, good strategy, and a 30 second pitch are like a pan and hip waders. Although a good hunting blind never hurts.
The Fantasy, Futuristic and Paranormal group had their Gathering, and Teresa was part of it so me and Chellesie went off looking for her and found more friends. Shaunta.