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Sandy’s RWA 2007 Adventures

Neck and shoulders are fine again, and yesterday I had my last class for this semester. The furry baby is still ill, but he’s also still eating so we hope we will see some improvement soon. As things aren’t too bad right now, I’ve finally, finally got time to share some of my RWA pics with you. Enjoy!

The hotel: BIIIIIIIIIG and shiny.

For some reason or other, all Dorchester books were sent to the goody room this year instead of to the Literacy for Life signing. Thus none of the Dorch authors had books to sign Wednesday evening. Ah well. You can enjoy yourself even without having books to sign. 🙂

The ballroom is filling up with authors.

It was a really nice surprise to find out how many blogger-reviewers had come to Dallas. Here I am with Jane from Dear Author and Sybil from The Good, the Bad, the Unread.

Here’s a glimpse of Sammy, Sherrilyn Kenyon’s (now infamous) swan hat. (And I still don’t get the infamous part. I mean, from the brouhaha this caused in blogland the week after RWA, you could’ve thought Sherri had come to the signing stark naked!) (Hmmm, now here’s a thought for the next RWA conference. Body paint anybody? Hehe.)

Shomi authors Eve Kenin, Marianne Mancusi and Liz Maverick (what you don’t see on this pic are Marianne’s and Liz’s also infamous skirts. Together with Sammy the skirts apparently brought Civilization As We Know It to an end.) (That big, black thingie on the right side of the picture? That’s the Crack of Doom. Already. Yes, I know. It’s tragic.) (If I ever start worrying about what other people might wear or not wear at a conference and how their clothes might or might not reflect on me, will somebody please hit me over the head?)

And even more bloggers: Jane, Sarah from the Smart Bitches …

…. Sybil, Wendy, the Superlibrarian …

… and KristieJ.

Rumour had it, there was also a certain editor from a certain German romance magazine present at RWA National. However, she proved to be elusive, always slipping away quietly, cleverly avoiding the flashlight of the cameras. Sill, I managed to bring back this exclusive picture that proves beyond the shadow of a doubt that she was indeed attending this year’s conference. (I’ll probably earn millions with this picture!) (Millions, I’m telling ya!) (Or she might kill me….)

And here’s Ruth Kaufmann, whom I first met at the last conference in Dallas. (We frequented the same coffee shop in the mornings.)

People queuing for one of the publisher signings.

As a result of these signings, the piles of books in my room grew and grew and grew …

And thus I brought home those 65 books:

Now all I need for the next RWA conference is a skirt that ends just above the knee and a bright pink tee-shirt that says, “I love swans”.

Or …

… body paint! 🙂

Back Home

I hate that last day in a foreign country, when all you do is sitting around waiting. Waiting for the airport shuttle, waiting for the plane, then sitting in the stupid plane for hours on end. Departure days are really endlessly depressing; in fact, I nearly started to bawl in the waiting lounge at the airport. (Okay, so maybe I was a tat tired, too.) (But it is sad: I won’t see all my writing friends and the lovely people at Dorchester for at least a year, if not two, because I’m not so sure I’ll attend next year’s RWA National. San Francisco? Talk about a horror flight!)

After a nine-hour-something flight I’m finally back home, have petted all the furry babies, will shortly take a shower and then start to unpack.

And count books. *g*

Pictures will follow soon.

Live from Dallas: Beau Monde & Big Booksigning

Went shopping on Tuesday, spent 150 $ in Bath & Bodyworks, was hit hard by jetlag in the afternoon.

On Wednesday I went to the Beau Monde Conference, and I”m happy to say that this year my workshop went absolutely fine! 🙂 When I browsed the RWA goody room I wondered why Dorchester had sent books to the goody room when they’ve never done it before. Wellll, it turned out that those books in the goody room where the books intended for the Literacy for Life signing in the late afternoon. As a result of that, I didn’t have any books to sign. Luckily I had brought CDs and coverflaps, and people still stopped by to chat. The highlight of the signing was certainly meeting John Charles, who had reviewed CASTLE for the Chicago Tribune.

Due to the amount of books in the goody room, I’ve already got, like, 20 books. My suitcases are going to be sooooo-hooo heavy!

After a 10-hour flight, I arrived in Dallas yesterday afternoon (and once again, while I was sitting in the plane, I was wondering why the heck I’m doing this to myself – 1o hours is just sooooo long!). Hotel is lovely, room is nice, view is strange (highway), food in the hotel is expensive (but burger was yummy), and today is SHOPPING DAY! Yay!

And for some mad reason Blogger doesn’t let me type in a title for this post. Grrrr.

RWA National Preps #4: Packing the Suitcase

Today was packing day: Suitcase is still empty — but that was to change soon!
Important: spread things you want to take with you across your bedroom — and panic.

One of the infamous socks (dark blue instead of black):

The new skirt:

More things spread out: big plastic box contains most of my promo stuff.

FINISHED!!!!! Yay!

RWA National Preps #3: Of Bags, Socks and Shoes

Whenever I leave for a conference, I get all panicky beforehand about the number of black socks I own as well as about the size of bags I’ll take on the plane as hand luggage. I usually also worry about which shoes to take with me and which shoes to wear on the plane (it will be rather cold on Monday so sandals are out of question — I really don’t want to freeze my feet off even before I get to Dallas!). Oh yes, and which shoes to wear when we go shopping: sneakers or sandals? It will be warm in Dallas, but probably also raining. And besides, most likely it’s going to be fricking cold in the mall. So, what to do-hoo-hooo? (she moans in despair)

Duh. By now, I’m halfway convinced that it’s going to be awful and that I’d better stay at home….

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. 🙂

Preps for RWA National #1

Spent yesterday morning putting stickers on CD covers (see above). Spent the afternoon working on the paper (sadly, it’s still not finished) for the Beau Monde conference. Spent the evening burning CDs (to be put into the lovely, sticker-adorned CD covers). Fortunately, I’ve already finished putting together all the other promo material (cards — as in you-know-what-kind-of-cards-if-you’ve-read-the-book — in little cellophane bags with excerpt and bookmarks), so now I can concentrate on the paper and the CDs. And, of course, on the clothes.



Each year, the question what to wear on the conference, results in a frenzy of dieting and clothes shopping among several thousand romance writers. I am no exception. Only my diet wasn’t quite as successful as I had hoped for this year. Soooo, I went clothes-shopping today, which was almost as depressing as walking around Berwick-upon-Tweed in the rain. Seriously, I tried on dozens of trousers, but do you think any of them fitted me? No, of course not. *sob*

The sad result of 4 1/2 hours of clothes-shopping: two tops, one skirt, two DVDs, one CD (“The Best of R.E.M.”).