posted by Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy
No, I am not having a psychotic episode... Am I???
All kidding aside, the break from reality I mean is the one that I just had with about 1,999 other romance writers. Of course I'm talking about the annual RWA National Conference. I just returned home from this year's conference and my head is still spinning from "conference overload."
You know that feeling... too little sleep, too much great writing/publishing information, too many great people and networking opportunities. For three or four days every year, we lucky RWA members have a chance to leave behind our regular routine. No family obligations, no fighting to squeeze in writing time around other responsibilities, NO REAL LIFE!
Instead, we get to eat, sleep and breathe writing!
We get to rub elbows with our favorite published authors. We get to talk to editors and agents. We get to attend workshops, talk to other writers who "get it." Best of all, we get FREE BOOKS!
Does it get any better? Not for me!
This was my third time to attend RWA National and each one has been a unique experience. The first time I was new to RWA and to conferences. Talk about your wide-eyed newbie! Everything was a wonderful new experience and I couldn't get enough.
My second RWA National I was a Golden Heart Finalist. I truly felt like a princess at the ball! I met so many wonderful people, and finally felt like I was a "real" writer. I loved every minute.
This third time truly has been "the charm." I was a published author! People in the elevators or standing in line for a workshop looked at my First Sale ribbon and congratulated me. The fact that these people actually understood the struggle and accomplishment behind that ribbon made it that much sweeter. I felt as if I truly had arrived! I really was on top of the world!
Sadly, all good things must come to an end, and after the glittering awards ceremony and dessert reception, so does RWA National. Old and new friends must bid adieu, for come Sunday morning it is all over. Stuffed suitcases must be hauled to the hotel lobby, bills settled, and departures made. Time to go back to the reality of day-to-day life...
UNTIL NEXT YEAR!
Please share some favorite conference memories with me to ease my transition back into reality. Favorite vacation memories count too! Or if you have any advice on how to cope with my return to reality, please TELL!