Nationals Wrap-up

I know, it’s been several days since you’ve heard from me. In fact, if you actually want to hear my voice, you’re so out of luck. Nationals destroyed my voice and I sound like I have a secret to share with everyone. I don’t. Not really.

Nationals was fun. No doubt about it. I met so many new, wonderful people and was able to meet up with people I met last year. I didn’t grab the wrong bag at the airport this year, but I did almost get on a first-name basis with the security guards at the hotel. No, not in that way. I sort of locked myself out the hotel room safe, then two days later had a door that wouldn’t lock. They were very nice, by the way.

I wish I could talk about everything that happened, but that would mean this post would be about five pages long. Hence the reason I still have the non-existent voice: I keep having to re-tell my conference stories to relatives who stop by. I actually saw one of my critique partners do a top 10 list, so I think I’ll follow in her steps. Ready?

10 of the best things that happened at Nationals (in no particular order):

– I saw gorgeous men (there were a couple of cover models there. More on that later).
– The food (when I ate) was excellent.
– I finally met my critique partner, Daisy Harris, in person and she’s just adorable.
– I also met my agent, Nalini Akolekar, in person and she’s wonderful and thinks I’m a bizarre woman. It’s a good thing, trust me.
– The hotel was beautiful.
– Jillian Chantal took mercy on me and walked with me through Times Square because I was afraid someone would whisk me away (and no, it wouldn’t have been Gerard Butler).
– I had a lot of fun people watching.
– The Gathering (FF&P party) was a lot of fun with great food.
– I had drinks with several up and coming Avon authors with books out, or just about to come out. They were a lot of fun.
– I met my publisher and several Siren authors for drinks. A wonderful time was had by all.

10 things not so great about Nationals (in no particular order):
– I stubbed my toe in the women’s bathroom and had to beg a band-aid off of someone to stop the bleeding.
– I was locked out of my safe and then couldn’t lock my hotel room door. Thank God for security men.
– The elevators were completely whack.
– The shower was one of those “gentle rain” type shower heads when I really needed to have the hot water beat me half to death every morning.
– Starbucks closed too early and were stingy with their chairs.
– The smoking area left a lot to be desired and I’m almost positive my butt will never gain back it’s normal shape.
– New York shuttle drivers are insane and should probably not have licenses. In fact, it might be better for the entire city to be closed off to vehicles for the safety of tourists with heart conditions.
– Chicken is a four-letter word now and I never want to eat it again.
– Could someone please tell me why they don’t turn the a/c units on “arctic” when there’s a book signing with over 500 authors? Anyone?
– Internet charges should never be that much at a hotel like that.

So, that’s what I got out of Nationals. If you haven’t been, you should definitely go. Of course, now I’m debating on whether I’ll be going to Anaheim next year for Nationals or Chicago for RT. I’m thinking RT might be a wild ride. What do you think?


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10 responses to “Nationals Wrap-up

  1. Ha! great summary — totally agree about AC and chicken! I, too, am wondering about RT. I’m not a big fan of going all the way to CA…

    • I’m not sure if it’s the distance, or the place. I’d love to go to San Diego, but Anaheim? Hm, just can’t picture it. Not that there’s anything wrong with Anaheim, but I’ve never had any burning desire to go…if I haven’t completely shoved my foot in my mouth, lol

  2. Was so great to meet you at last! I’m thinking of RT next year, but we’ll see. Miss ya bunches!

    • It was great to finally meet you as well! I’m sorry we didn’t get to spend much time together, but the time we did spend together was all quality, LOL 🙂

  3. Awesome. You MUST go to RWA next year. I’ll be there and I so want to meet you. Or maybe I’ll consider RT instead. 🙂 Love this recap. I wish I could have been there to see everyone!

  4. Wonderful re-cap and I can relate to a ton of it. LOL! I told my spouse that I had a great cabbie, he only almost hit three people!

    Thanks for the shout out about Times Square. I was proud to be your escort AND proud to be your date for the FF and P party!! Great fun to hang with you again!

  5. If you’re looking for a wild ride (and lots of parties), then you want to go to RT. While I have nothing against Anaheim (Disneyland is there for goodness sake!!), it would require FLYING and I’d rather not do that. So I will most likely go to RT in Chicago (since it’s only a 4-5 hour car ride).

    I’m glad I was able to meet you (several times) at RWA. You’re just as nice as I thought you’d be.

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