Tuesday, July 22, 2014

On the Road to RWA

This year, for the first time, I'm attending the national Romance Writers of America conference.

But I'm not going to talk today about how excited I am to meet my editors and agent in person (for the first time ever!). Or how many authors I'll be fangirling over. Or the workshops, or the chance to talk with author friends, or the books galore.

Nope, today I'm just going to talk about getting there.

I live in the Midwest, but not near any travel hubs. So flying can take quite a while, especially since I can make flights get canceled with my mere presence. (It's a gift.) But with relatives at each coast and to the far north and south, travel is a necessity. I just prefer to go by car when I can.

So I'm road-tripping to RWA--today, actually. I've scheduled this post ahead of time, because when you read it, I'll be cutting my way southward to San Antonio. I'm bringing music, snacks, and--courtesy of my library--a few audiobooks. My hope is that the travel will become part of the conference itself: a chance to recharge, to think about the books I love to read and write.


Last week, I asked the good people of my Facebook page to share some of their essentials for a road trip. Their answers included the practical (a GPS or printed directions, an emergency kit), the fun (music and snacks), and the leisurely (pillows and books for those who aren't driving). 

Now I'm wondering, what do you think? What would you most like to bring on a road trip--and where would you like to go? Since I'm traveling today, I might not be able to see your answers right away, but I'll check in as soon as I can!

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Historical romance author Theresa Romain pursued an impractical education that allowed her to read everything she could get her hands on. She then worked for universities and libraries, where she got to read even more. Eventually she started writing, too. She lives with her family in the Midwest, where she is working on her next book. 
Twitter: @TheresaRomain

8 comments:

  1. I absolutely must bring music...I sing along, as long as I'm alone LOL Have a ball at RWA, Theresa!

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    1. Thanks, Christy! Just got my rental car and I'm about to get on the road.

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  2. See you tomorrow, Theresa! I'm road tripping too. I have to drive my daughter to grandma and grandpa's today (3 hours) and then drive to SA tomorrow (3 hours). I also have books on tape and snacks.

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    1. Have a safe drive, Shana! I'll see you tomorrow…err, later today. :)

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  3. Music, I have a playlist just for road trips.

    Have fun at RWA!

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    1. Great idea to have a playlist just for road trips. That will get you in an adventurous spirit right away!

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  4. Hope you all have a wonderful time and a safe journey to and from the conference!

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  5. Theresa: I'm sure you're at RWA safe and sound. Hope you're having a great time. I recently drove to NOLA back in May for RT and it definitely allowed for relaxing and brainstorming. I rode with my critique partner and we had a car charger for our laptops so one of us could be writing or researching while the other drove. It worked like a charm!

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