Bus, Train and Automobiles – My 2009 Conference Schedule

And not an airplane in sight this year. That’ll seem weird.

I just posted a comment at Deb Maher’s blog about Nationals in DC (driving) – I cannot wait!! First of all, I’m always excited for National, and second, this one will be the first one I’m signing at. Talk about a rush! My book will have been out for a month, so I’m hoping people will have read it and stop by to let me know how they liked it. (I’ve already gotten a review, so that was cool!)

I love getting together with friends from around the country – and the world (shout out to Tracey in Oz and Helen, Evonne & Lynne across the pond).

Writing conferences energize me. I know some people get exhausted, but I love them. I thrive on the energy, the bustle, the constant go. Oh, don’t get me wrong; you don’t have to constantly be on the go. There’s plenty of time for downtime; I just choose not to find it. 🙂

I’m also heading to NY for the PASIC Conference (bus) – my first one. Again, I’m really looking forward to it – especially hanging out with my roomies! I’m told this conference is a blast and my agent’s going to be there, a Wombat or two, so it should be great.

Then, of course, there’s the annual trek to the Romantic Times Convention. This year it’s in Orlando and Steph and I are rediscovering our PSU roots – we’re going on a road trip to Orlando! She’ll have her Sirius radio and I’ll have my Combos (original flavor) and off we go!

In June comes the Long Island Luncheon (car, train, train, taxi) – an event near and dear to my heart. The ladies there do a wonderful job with the luncheon and industry personnel – that event helped me sell my Mer trilogy last year, so you can bet I’ll be back!

So, as I sit here putting the finishing touches on Wild Blue Under, I’m already planning the costumes at RT, promotion for In Over Her Head, (mentally working on Catch of a Lifetime), I’m getting really excited. So who else is going???

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Names and Faces and Tshirts

The internet makes it possible to meet people from all over, but rarely do you get a chance to take it to the next level and meet in person. This trip has been a bonanza on that front and here are a few more of my online friends in a face-to-face:

Starr Ambrose, Meredith Duran, Moi

The Gather 3: Starr Ambrose, Meredith Duran, Moi

 

Fellow First Chapters entrant, Terry Molina

Fellow First Chapters entrant, Terry Molina

 

The VFRW Raffle Winner, Nancy Naigle of Virginia

The VFRW Raffle Winner, Nancy Naigle of Virginia

These are the “Priceless” tshirts my chapter sells. I bought mine last year – and it “worked”!! 🙂

Me and Daria. See www.vfrw.com to order these shirts.

Me and Daria. See http://www.vfrw.com to order these shirts.

Stars and Wombats

Today is Day 2 of the conference and here are a few of the stars of our world. Throw in a few Wombats (who, in my book, are DEFINITELY stars – why, one of them is even NAMED Starr…) and you’ve got a winning bunch, or as the Wombats like to say, a winning Wisdom of Wombats. Here goes:

Robin, Daria, Nellie (honorary!), Judi, Sharyn

Valley Forge Romance Writers: Robin, Daria, Nellie (honorary!), Judi, Sharyn

 

Judi, Raz Steel, Linda Thomas-Sundstrom

American Title 3-ers: Judi, Raz Steel, Linda Thomas-Sundstrom

 

Judi, Starr Toth, Gina Robinson

Writing Wombats: Judi, Starr Toth, Gina Robinson

Judi and FCR-er Melinda Stanley

Judi and FCR-er Melinda Stanley

Denise, Elaine, Jenny, Jess, Lisa

The Debutante Ball: Denise, Eileen, Jenny, Jess, Lisa

Stephanie Laurens, Judi, Julia Quinn

Stephanie Laurens, Judi, Julia Quinn

Wombatogether in Sausalito

Last night, six of The Writing Wombats, and two Wombat Fanciers (term coined by Dave a Wombat Fancier, and will be added into the Lexicon per the Queen) had a Wombatogether in Sausalito at the Yacht Club followed by dinner at The Spinnaker Restaurant.

This is my group from Gather, who have weathered several of the Gather contests, have created their own contests, shared ups and downs both in our writing lives and our personal lives and who have, on occasion, made arrangements to meet. This Wombatogether was the largest group yet.

Dana, Lisa and Judi on the ferry to Sausalito

Dana, Lisa and Judi on the ferry to Sausalito

 

(from Left) Judi, Dana, John, Lisa, Ken, Judy (Wombat Fancier), Brenda

(from Left) Judi, Dana, John, Lisa, Ken, Judy (Wombat Fancier), Brenda

The Queen

The Queen

Wombat Fancier Dave

Wombat Fancier Dave

 

Dana

Dana

Punch, I mean, Ken, and Judy

Punch, I mean, Ken, and Judy (notice the logo on the shirt!)

Brenda and John

Brenda and John

Dinner at The Spinnaker and our waiter Gary

Dinner at The Spinnaker and our waiter Gary

John, Mrs. ACA, our ACA

John, Mrs. ACA, our ACA

Dave, Judi, waiter Gary, Brenda

Dave, Judi, waiter Gary, Brenda

the partying continued...

the partying continued...

a good time was had by all

a good time was had by all

I think Gary wants to be an honorary Wombat

I think Gary wants to be an honorary Wombat

We were serenaded by our Queen and Dana. Have a listen:

and the fun continues: