23 Jul

RWA 2014 Kick-off!

Pardon my dust here as I try to get this website revamped! Currently, I am enjoying myself at the Romance Writers of America national conference in San Antonio, TX.

This is my second time attending the National Conference, and it’s been so good to run into so many old friends and acquaintances. I’ve also already made some new friends here, and I am so excited to get the chance to read all the books I’ve already gotten my grubby little hands on! Currently, Book Haul 2014 is at 22 books for myself and 8 books for friends! The last time I attended RWA, I went home with over 200 books–all for me! While I am looking forward to the book haul, I am *really* looking forward to learning a lot in the workshops.

There are so many to choose from, so it’s going to be hard to choose between different topics, but I really feel that this is the year I can diversify my attendance and learn a little bit more about how to balance my writing life with the rest of my life, how to create better/more dynamic characters, learn a few more things about Stuff I Don’t Know Very Little About, and even more from publishers that are being spotlighted.

Since this is my second go-round and I’ve fostered numerous friendships within the RWA, it’s been really exciting to see who’s had a change in status (SOLD! tags and PAN-identifiers on name tags)… but on the other hand, it also puts me in this strange position of realizing that I’m in the same place I was two years ago when I last attended RWA.

Granted, I’ve spent the last 3 years entrenched in Graduate School, but that ended in May and since then, my YA manuscript has not really had much work done on it since. My fiancé, the so-called Captain, said to me that maybe the RWA conference is just want I needed to get my creative writing juices flowing again…

I have a feeling that he’s probably right. (Thank God!)

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