A heads-up that for the next week my face time on the Interwebs will be extremely limited. I'll be skimming blog posts, rarely commenting, absent from Twitter and mostly glancing at my e-mail - because the Super Librarian parental units are paying a visit to the Bat Cave. They've spent the last week visiting with Lil' Sis and my new baby niece, and now it's my turn. Honestly, I'm a little surprised I'm seeing them much at all - what with my niece being way cuter than I am. Of course, I can take them to Disneyland, and my niece isn't quite up for such fun and frivolity yet.
I've got a few posts scheduled to go live while I'll largely be unplugged - so at least this blog won't be a vast wasteland of nothingness while I'm away.
The RWA conference is in Nashville this year, and word came down today that the Gaylord Opryland hotel (that would be the conference hotel) is flooded - along with most of Nashville. RWA has issued a press release - but at this point, it's too soon to know what's going to happen. The conference is still three months away, and hopefully the city will be well on it's way to recovery by then. If the Opryland hotel isn't doable, I'm hoping RWA can find another hotel in Nashville to accommodate the conference - as it would be lovely if my tourist dollars could stay in the city. Nothing helps recovery quite like tourists throwing their cash around.
Here's hoping the area sees some relief from the waters soon. I had no idea how bad it was/is. Further proof that my head has been in the sand thanks to my parents impending arrival, my new niece, my review backlog, and the end of the fiscal year crunch here at work.
Readers and authors are starting to pop back online after returning to their normal existences after the RT Booklover's convention. Dear Author has a recap post up, and naturally, drama has erupted in the comments thread courtesy of the Mr. Romance pageant.
I don't have the time (or inclination) to rubberneck, but that won't stop me from offering my 2 cents. I'm more than likely going to attend RT next year, since they'll be in Los Angeles, and I want to put my money where my mouth is after whining the last several years that they've been nowhere near the west coast in recent memory. That said, I know there will be some elements at RT that won't be my thing. And that's cool. I have yet to attend any conference (romance novel or library related) where everything on the schedule was of interest to me. And inevitably, no matter how many people enjoy the event, no matter how well organized the conference planners are - shit happens. There's always some wee bit of drama, someone who hated the hotel/food/weather/city/whatever. Nothing can ever be 100% perfect, 100% enjoyable to everybody. So while this bit of drama has inevitably erupted regarding the conference, I'm sure there are oodles more attendees who had a blast and enjoyed themselves immensely.
Plus, let's be honest. It's easier to rubberneck over the uh, more over-the-top elements of the romance genre than it is to rubberneck over a bunch of a nice, respectable, intelligent women discussing their favorite novels. There's no drama in that, and the Interwebs needz dramz. If it bleeds, it leads.
ETA: Holy crap. So I lied and rubbernecked. Read a comment left by KristieJ and was gobsmacked! Not by her, but by something she heard/witnessed. Seriously? Seriously?! WTF?!?!?! Today I am ashamed I have ovaries.