California dreaming

So, the excitement = building for San Francisco this summer. At the end of July I’ll head out there to the RWA National Conference with … wait for it … the kids in tow.

They’ll stay at my sister’s during the four days of the conference. I’ll be in the Marriott.

(Insert maniacal laughter here.)

Seriously, I’m pretty sure positive they’ll behave. I’ve already read them the riot act about it.

Never mind the Golden Gate Bridge, Chinatown, or even the Jelly Belly factory tour, Andrew nearly fainted when he found out my sister owns not only Guitar Hero, Dance, Dance Revolution, but Rock Band. Add in the nearby swimming pool, and we pretty much have instant vacation. Excited doesn’t begin to cover it.

I haven’t been to this conference since 2003. This time, I get to wear my “first sale” ribbon (Note to self: let RWA know you need first sale ribbon.). I don’t have to work myself into a panic over pitching to editors/agents. I can relax, go to parties (Chick Lit, Golden Network), and attend workshops, like these:

Building Buzz in YA (CAREER)– Tera Childs, Heather Davis, Simone Elkeles, Tina Ferraro, Marley Gibson, Stephanie Hale, and Dona Sarkar-Mishra

From Cinema to the CW: Using Pop Culture in Your YA Novel (RESEARCH)– Trish Milburn and Julie Linker (Trish is a Noodler.)

10 Things We Love About Writing YA Romance (CRAFT)– Shelley Adina, Carol Grace Culver, Kelly Parra, and Jennifer Jackson

Doddering Butlers, Pert Housemaids, and Faithful Retainers: Busting the Servant Myths (RESEARCH)– Janet Mullany (I haven’t written an historical … yet, but Janet is another Noodler and she’s hysterical.)

And then, after the conference, I’ll take a few days downtime at my sister’s. I’ll need a few days of downtime.

But! If anyone is headed out to San Fran, let me know. I’d love to see you.


Filed under Kids, Reading & Writing, Writing

5 responses to “California dreaming

  1. It looks fabulous! Enjoy! And take Andrew to Alcatraz… I’m not sure if Kyra would be interested.

  2. Charity, I live in Palo Alto, a bit south of the city, let me know exactly when you’re going to be here, I’d love to see you 🙂

  3. Amy

    ::waving hand, jumping out of seat::

    Ooh, ooh, I’ll be there!

    You should also add in Blake Synder’s Save The Cat workshop….it’s going to be FABULOUS, I just know it.

    Um, instead of going to the conference, can I go to your sister’s?

  4. Hey, thanks for the shoutout about my workshop. Julie and I have worked on the basics, but we’ve still got to do some spiffing. There are lots of neat-sounding YA workshops this year.

  5. Abby

    I can’t wait to see you and the kids!

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