This was an interesting conference for me. I registered late and couldn’t make it into either of the hotels that RWA had secured for us. My daughter found a small hotel a quarter of a block’s walk away from the Marriott. The rooms were small but efficient, clean, and attractive. There was a continental breakfast, a room for coffee and tea available twenty-four seven, even though there was a small coffee pot in the room. There was a room safe, a nice sized TV, a desk and leather office chair, and the bed and pillows were comfortable. All for exactly half of what I would have paid for the conference hotel, and on the plus side, I got exercise walking back and forth. Weighed myself this morning, and I’m only up one pound. *wink*
It was interesting being out in the mass of people and I saw sites that caused many a double-take. Unfortunately I did not take photos, as being a woman alone I would not stop to get my phone out of my purse. I walked like a New Yorker not a tourist: purse tight to body, long strides, no eye contact. However, I was fascinated when waiting for the lights to change on 7th and 46th, listening to the many voices, all speaking different languages, all excited. I do admit that I slowed my step on several occasions. Here is the view from our table in the bar:
I lunched and dined with old friends.
I had an appointment with Sheila Hodgson from Harlequin Mills and Boon Medical line, and she did ask for me to submit the full manuscript, my first medical romance. We shall see. I also learned that my first book with The Wild Rose Press, Unlock the Truth, which has been slated for reprint with Amazon Encore, will be released on September 15th. So that’s cool.
There was a Golden Heart Network retreat, a full day of meeting many friends old and new, listening to industry professionals and then a fabulous lunch. Our own group, the Firebirds had another lunch at John’s Pizzeria. Always fun to catch up with these ladies. I also took both of the amazing Jenny Crusie workshops, and had the added bonus of sitting with her for an hour chatting about books, movies, and television series.
The awards ceremony was lovely, but I didn’t mingle later. Being at the hotel up the road I knew I needed to get back home before it got too late. Walking alone, in heels and holding an evening purse, and being of the silver-haired crowd, is probably not the wisest. But I never felt uncomfortable, even late at night.
In truth, I can’t say I did a lot of anything really important, however, my intent had been to network, and although not staying at the same hotel did have some disadvantages, I managed to achieve my goals.