conference time

Filed under: about me, RNA

I’m off to the Romantic Novelists’ Association conference tomorrow, at the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich. This means that I’ve just spent the past two hours packing shoes, shoes and more shoes, and hopefully also remembered to take some knickers and deodorant, especially deodorant as the weather is supposed to be hot. (In England! I know!)

It’s going to be a fantastic time. I love the RNA, and this weekend is going to be full of inspirational people and moments. I’m looking forward to hearing the speakers, meeting new people, catching up with old friends. I’m travelling from Reading on a slow train to Waterloo followed by a boat down the Thames, which was the most romantic and relaxing way I could think of travelling on a hot summer’s day. I’m on a panel discussion about “50 Years of the RNA” on Friday, followed by the sparkly Gala Dinner. Saturday I’m going to soak in as much knowledge and vicarious genius as I can. I can’t even begin to name all the people I’m looking forward to spending time with. And Sunday morning, despite my inevitable hangover, I’m giving a workshop on “Creating Character from Scratch.” I have little laminated bits of coloured card for it, and a Power Point presentation.

Since the Big Donkey Dicks moment, I’ve taken two days off writing, to get ready for conference and also to give myself space from the suckage. And I do feel like I’ve got some more ideas and perspective on this story. True, it’s mostly about things I need to fix, but that’s okay. That’s a start.

Thank you to everyone who encouraged me and also laughed at me.

When I get back, remind me to tell you about my Narrowly-Averted Hair Disaster. Or, alternatively titled, Why Fairy Liquid Is Not Shampoo. I would have blogged about it already, but I learned my lesson from the giraffe/vodka episode in York.

(If you’re on Twitter, the hashtag for updates about the conference is #RNAConf10. I shan’t be tweeting as am too technically underendowed but others will.)

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  1. Oooh have a fantastic time! Can’t wait to hear all about it. And the Fairy Liquid episode – sounds intriguing!

  2. Have a great time.

  3. I’m jealous because I’m not going, but there are plenty of tips for what to do if you’re not at conference over on the Minxes of Romance site, http://www.minxesofromance.blogspot.com

  4. Well I have no idea what Fairy Liquid is but I want some. Have a fab time at the conference!

  5. Have a great time at the conference…I loved your books very much…They are fabulous…

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