Friday at the RWA conference is usually when it starts to show that Wendy has lost half her brain. The busy days and lack of sleep start to catch up with me. I had a particularly hard time getting out of bed this morning because I had a leetle too much wine the night before. I could have easily used a few more hours of sleep, but Harlequin had a book signing this morning and hello? I couldn't very well miss that now could I?
Today was spent at some of the publisher booksignings and attending the Awards Luncheon. The speaker at the luncheon was Eloisa James. I'm not above admitting it - I had some preconceived notions on what her talk was going to be about. James is an academic, so you know, I just assumed her talk would have an academic bent. Not at all. It was more a talk about family, finding inspiration and achieving your dream(s). I can't really do her justice. It was really wonderful, and there were more than a few of us shedding some tears. I told Rosie that is why attending this conference is so deadly. You end up hearing an author give some great talk or speech and your immediate reaction is "I am buying every one of their books, brand new, on the release day, until the day I die." Never mind if you've tried their books before and they're just not for you. Hearing them give a tremendous talk causes you to reform your wicked ways.
This evening a bunch of us got together and hit a Lebanese restaurant. This was where I finally met Kati and Lusty Reader. I had been missing them all week, so it was great to finally be able to connect with both of them.
After dinner we all decided to hit the hotel bar and just hang out. I found myself walking on the wild side and ordering hot tea in the vain hope that it would help my slowly disappearing voice. Yeah, not so much. Hopefully a decent night's sleep will do the trick. Um yeah, but it's now 1AM and I'm still up typing this blog post. Go Team Wendy!
This will very likely be my last blog post live from RWA. Tomorrow is pretty jam-packed and the RITA award ceremony will make for one long night. So my Saturday recap probably won't happen until Sunday and Monday. Until then, see ya'all when I'm back at the Bat Cave!