Conference Day 2…I think

So I’m writing this in the wee hours of the night. Which means it’s after midnight eastern time and I’ve had an martini. Please forgive my typos. πŸ˜‰

The picture above is from the FF&P’s annual “Gathering” party. As you can see, Captain America (me) was battling Poison Ivy. Don’t you totally LOVE the sign above our heads? I do.

But let me start with the beginning. What a fantastic day. I started it off by having breakfast with two friends who are just totally awesome people. They know who they are and I love you guys! πŸ™‚

Then I headed back to the conference with my buddy and we got into the Avon signing. I came out with an armload of books. And – OMG – I met Kim Harrison. Totally my idol. LOVE her.

Then went to a character workshop with Emily Kay and Robyn DeHart which was fab. Went to the awards luncheon with Sherrilyn Kenyon, which was also fab. Her publishing story always makes me weepy. This woman is the most amazing woman in the history of publishing, I think.

Went to another couple of workshops and then headed to the St. Martin’s Press signing where I saw the lovely Sophie Jordan. Since I gave away my copy of Firelight, it was a great chance to get another copy — all for me. I also got to the Sourcebooks signing and got some more great books.

I had full intention of going to Candace Havens Fast Draft class but shipping off my books was top priority. Today is my last day (weep) before heading home and I knew I wouldn’t have time to get it shipped.

Turns out, the hotel didn’t send USPS, only FedEx or UPS. So I walked 6 blocks to the post office and sent my books. However, I still have 17 books sitting on my floor. I have another flat rate box, but I’m thinking I may just pack the remainder if I can. That is, if I don’t go to any more signings. πŸ˜‰

So, I get back to the hotel after hoofing it to the post office, and get ready for the FF&P party (The Gathering). I dressed up as Captain America (as you see above) and headed to the party. I was at the registration desk and it was fun because I got to meet everyone who came in. And, for the record, all you FF&P peeps are FAB. I also had the opportunity to say that my super power was that I had awesome shoes and/or I could kill someone with my stilettos. πŸ˜‰

Afterward, I headed to the room and changed into my alter-ego (i.e., myself) and the found some friends at the bar. Which I sat with and had a wondering martini called the Looking Glass. I have no idea what’s in it, but it was so good. Had lots of laughs and talked shop with the lovely Sophie Oak (you are NOT the Forrest Grump of Romance, my friend – love you). And then, finally, called it a night at midnight.

Such is the way of things at Conference. I would not trade this week for my right arm. Conference is probably one of THE best experiences I have as a member of RWA. Yes, I’m gushing. And on that note, I shall end.

Today: more workshops and then tonight my friends and I are headed to the Emprire State Building. Then I’m packing up to catch an early Saturday morning flight.

By Michelle

I wish you all could be inside my head. The conversation is sparkling.