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We’re at Nationals!!!

silviaI haven’t been to the RWA National Conference since 2012, so I’m really, really excited to finally be back for San Diego!!!

My little sister, Eileen Emerson, is a Golden Heart Finalist, so that gave me the excuse I needed to justify the expense.

We got here yesterday as the hotel was busy transitioning from the All-Star Game crowd to romance writers (Comic-Con will follow immediately after us). So we got to see burly tattooed guys putting up massive posters of Sylvia Day. The elevator door wraps this year are in honor of Avon’s 75th anniversary, so they’ve got huge covers of Kathleen Woodiwiss’s Shana and the like, which takes me back to my teen years in a powerful way.

kristanThings are just starting to get rolling today….I don’t have any glamorous pictures to share of the lobby or the view from my room– which has a lovely view of the water….if I stand right next to the bedside table and don’t move more than six inches from there. But I HAVE nearly collided with Kristan Higgins outside the elevators FIVE DIFFERENT TIMES!!! (I’m pretty sure this was as meaningful an experience for Kristan as it was for me, and she and I will be buddies really, really soon. Right, Kristan?? Right????) My sister even got a sneaky paparazzi snap of her while she was heading out to dinner with Susan Elizabeth Phillips, who we also saw standing in line at Starbucks. Other shameless but silent fan-girling has occurred over Courtney Milan, Jill Shalvis, Catherine Bybee, and Sherry Thomas, and we’re hoping to be standing within twenty feet of Nora Roberts any time now.) AND we got seated at Beverly Jenkins’ table at the Golden Network Retreat today–and she was lovely to talk to, and gave a fabulous talk about the essential elements of story. Alyssa Day talked about the need to be “FIERCE” in our writing lives, and Damon Suede and Heidi Cullinan gave a fabulous presentation on developing your brand (check out their new book YOUR A GAME.) So inspiring!!!

swagThe Swag Room was extra-fun this year: we got our conference bag empty, and got to go in and choose whatever items we wanted, including California-appropriate beach towels, and lots of awesome books!!!

Other pics below include dinner with the 2016 Golden Heart Finalists, the Mermaids, and my blinged-out conference badge. At this moment, I’m heading out to dinner with the Rubies!!!! So, great day all around. More pictures to come!!

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