RWA National Preps #2

I’ve just finished preparing my workshop for the Beau Monde conference. The notes are a bit shorter than they ought to be, but after last year’s desaster (members of the audience shot the workshop to pieces) I won’t prepare more stuff.

Still got 50 CDs to burn. Hooray.

But I guess, I’ll take the evening off and watch PARADISE with Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson. And a 10-year old Elijah Wood (who’s absolutely adorable).

And … *drumroll* … I’ve started to miss the writing!!! Which is a good sign! The Muse is coming back!!! And even though I so won’t have the time for writing-related research this year because I want to finish the PhD thesis, I’m thinking very strongly about the paranormal historical set in 1860s Paris which I started to plan almost ten years ago. Hence the recent purchase of two 19th-century guidebooks of Paris.

On the other hand, I’m also thinking strongly about revising the very first novel I ever wrote in English, a contemporary romance set in Scotland. (Excerpts can be found in the Members Section of my website.)

Decisions, decisions!

But for now, I get some food first. 🙂

5 thoughts on “RWA National Preps #2

  1. Laura Vivanco

    I’m also thinking strongly about revising the very first novel I ever wrote in English, a contemporary romance set in Scotland.

    And you would have to come and visit Scotland again, for research purposes, wouldn’t you? 😉

  2. Sandra Schwab

    Gabriele, the PhD is a history of the dragonslayer story. 🙂

    And Laura, since part of the story is set in Edinburgh, a research trip would be a must. Absolutely. If only to freshen up the knowledge I gained on my last research trip to Scotland. *g*

  3. Camille Alexa

    Well, I’m curious about this:

    “…after last year’s desaster (members of the audience shot the workshop to pieces)…”

    Who did what? Why? Did I miss something good?

  4. Sandra Schwab

    Camille, last year the workshops started a bit late because the breakfast keynote speech had run somewhat longer than planned. My workshop was scheduled against Kalen’s, whose workshop on costumes are wildly popular and very good. As a result my audience consisted of only 5 people or so anyway. One of them insisted on interrupting every 10 minutes with shouts of “What did you say? I can’t understand a word of what you’re saying! Your accent is so strange!” Another also interrupted me every ten minutes with questions about things I was just about to explain and finally said something along the lines, “Why don’t you come to the point? The other workshops are about to start and I don’t want to miss any of it.”

    ARGH! ARGH! ARGH!

    And so I was somewhat p.o. after my workshop.

    Luckily, I basically sold two novels that same afternoon during the literacy signing, and consequently was walking around on cloud nine for the rest of the week, while the workshop desaster was all forgotten.

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