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Ten Life Savers for Convention Survival

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Cal-i-for-n-i-a here I come!

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I’m off to Anaheim for RWA’s National Convention on Tuesday and I hope I’m prepared. I’m not sure what to expect. There are so many workshops I want to attend, and there is not enough time to get to all of them. Even with five days, there won’t be enough time. My CRW buddies and I are flying in a day early to take advantage of Anaheim’s number one tourist attraction, Disneyland. I’ve been to Disney World many times, but never to Disneyland. In fact, I’ve only been to California once, so I’m pretty excited.

But the big attraction for me is the RWA convention. Disneyland for romance writers. There are more than one hundred workshops. How am I ever going to choose the paltry two to four per day I’m going to be able to attend? Round tables, book signings, panels. It’s going to be a smorgasbord of craft, career, publishing and life topics that I know I will want to gorge on until I collapse.

That’s why I need a plan.Free Stock Photos - Girl

Not a plan for what workshop I want to go to. No, I can decide on the day if I need to. No, I need a plan for taking care of myself. What am I going to eat? How can I make sure I get enough rest? Do I have down time scheduled? And what about working out?

I managed to make it through Rom Con, but I had a killer migraine. And that was only a few days. This is almost a week. My husband is already rumbling at me about taking care of myself. That is usually one of the things he takes on, not that I’m not a big girl and can’t remind myself to drink enough water or to eat breakfast. But he’s a sweetie and worries.

So instead of worrying about which workshops I want to go to, I’m getting my plan in place.

Number one: I’m looking up online to see if there is a grocery store nearby. I’m planning on stocking my room with a fruitbowl, oatmeal and soy milk, so I can have a healthy breakfast before hitting the RWA sweet rolls and coffee.

Number two: I’m taking a water bottle, the kind that has a filter on the top, so I can refill from the water fountains and not worry about spending ten dollars a day on water.Free Stock Photo - Glass of water

Number three: I’m stocking my personal pharmacy so this time I’m not begging for Tylonal from strangers. Not that I didn’t appreciate every one of you who generously opened your purses to me, but I still should be prepared.

Number four: I’m practicing saying NO. I need to make sure I get sleep and that means leaving the party at a reasonable hour.

Number five: I have a plan for what I’m eating, and I need to stick to it. RWA has made a real effort this year to have healthy lunches, I need to make the same effort to not treat every meal as a vacation. If I do that, I’ll be in bed by Thursday afternoon with a migraine, and that is not any fun. No dessert is worth that!

Number six: I’m going swimsuit shopping. I will bring the workout clothes, who knows, I may even work out. But I will definitely take advantage of the double bonus of working out and relaxing that the pool offers. Summer in CA, I’ll be in the pool for sure!

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Number seven: I’m making a packing list. I am not going to stress out on the day of my flight, in the airport, that I forgot my contact solution or whatever. A list will help, maybe?

Number eight: I am pre-printing everything I need for travel and putting it in one folder that I can fit into my carry on. And then I am emailing myself back ups, so I can print them off if I need to. Plan, and emergency plan. Check!

Number nine: Comfortable shoes. I have heard the experts and this is a must to survive the conference.

Last but not least, Number ten: Getting my ducks in a row at home. I’m pre-posting all my blogs. I’m getting the house clean, so maybe it will be clean when I get back? (No, this is not wishful thinking. Jeff usually cleans the day before I get home and has fresh flowers for me. Yes, I am spoiled.)

Well that’s all folks! Wish me luck. Anything that I’ve missed that you can help me with? Any last minute travel advice like your favorite trip accessory?

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Rom Con 2012

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Before I get to my topic, I want to remind you about the CRW blog hop. Check out the list HERE and don’t forget there are prizes. Most stops have a free book and at the end we’ll have a gift card drawing, so check out your favorite CRW authors today!

Rom Con 2012 is fast approaching and I’m excited to say that they sent an offer to all their attending authors stating that if we posted two blogs about Rom Con, they would give us some tickets to give away to our readers! So here goes!

I attended RomCon 2011 as a reader, and vowed that I’d be back as an author. Little did I know that my contract for Little Red Riding Wolf would be accepted by Passion in Print Press about a month later. So this year I am attending as an author!

A a reader I found something I didn’t even know existed, a reader centered conference all about romance. We played silly games with our favorite authors and got to know them in a way I never thought I could. I met people like Jessa Slade,  Kimberly Frost and Darynda Jones. And brought home more free books than I could carry.

It was a blast, and this year should be just as fun. I’m very excited about attending the paranormal dinner. This year it’s all about science fiction and representing your species. I’ll have to find a suitable werewolf or fairy costume. Fairy sounds more comfortable, and I think we have wings somewhere!

And I’m going to be a dealer at Monte Carlo night too! I have special gifties for the first fifty people to come to my table. And ML Guida will be a character in the mystery at Monte Carlo that will be going on while everyone is playing cards and having fun. Can’t wait to see who did it.

Tune in next blog to hear about Chocolate Mangasm, Build a Hero, and speed dating authors. Or check out the Rom Con 2012 website and explore. They have book giveaways and a newsletter sign up too. And leave a comment today and on the next Rom Con blog and I’ll have a drawing for those promised free tickets. Comment to enter and win!

Have you ever been  to a conference? Was it centered on writing, business or fun? Have you ever attended a star-con, comic-con or manga-con? What was your favorite part? Shopping? Activities? Being star struck?

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Busy, busy, busy…and loving it!

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Thank Goodness it’s flexible and I can write whatever I want!

Getting excited for the convention season! My friend and fellow author Hillary Seidl has already kicked off the season with her trip to Chicago and the Romantic Times convention. Wow! If you have a chance you should hop on over to the RT site and check out the pictures. It really looks like a party. Maybe next year my friends!

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But I am joining Hillary and ML Guida at RomCon 2012. That’s in Denver so it’s easy to get to. RomCon is reader centered, so all the activities are for readers and the authors are purely there to provide the entertainment. I’m looking forward to dealing cards at the Monte Carlo night and playing paranormal games.

RomCon is where I met authors Jessa Slade, author of the Marked Souls series and the author of First Grave on the Right, Darynda Jones. Last year was a blast to attend as a reader and I’m very excited to be attending this year as an author. I’ll have free books and other swag to give away and I think the Paranormal Freebies authors have something in the works right now too, but it’s still a secret.

Perpetual Light by Jordan K. Rose

Perpetual Light by Jordan K. Rose

Speaking of Paranormal Freebies, Tuesday we’ll have guest author Jordan K. Rose and she is giving away a free copy of her very cool book, Perpetual Light, so don’t forget to hop over to Paranormal Freebies on Tuesday and comment to enter and win.

Before RomCon I’m attending the CRW mini-con in May with the fabulous Angela Knight, from Carina Press. We actually get a NY editor helping us tweak our manuscripts! I think there is still room if you want to sign up and work on your manuscript for a very reasonable price. You don’t even have to be a member of Colorado Romance Writers or our co-host Heart of Denver Romance Writers. We welcome guests to our min-con’s, and there’s lunch too. Bring a laptop, your manuscript and get ready to work!

Finding Ms. Wright by ML Guida, Hillary Seidl, Lori CorsentinoCRW is doing a second mini-con in August with the talented Kim Killion of Hot Damn Designs. Kim is not just a photographer, or publisher, she is a graphic designer and has done some fabulous cover art for people. She put our header together for Paranormal Freebies and the original cover art for Finding Ms. Wright too. In fact the model for Finding Ms. Wright, Brooks Johnson will be attending our event, so stay tuned for details on the CRW website and find out what else will be happening.

And last, but certainly not least, I’m heading to RWA Nationals. I decided I wanted to do at least one and since I haven’t attended in four years of membership, this seemed to be the year. It’s in a wonderful location, steps from Disney Land (and don’t think we’re not going!). It should be filled with amazing workshops and I expect to touch base with a zillion people. In fact, one of my goals is to find some quality presenters for our very own big convention.

Yes, CRW will be putting on a big convention again, it’s been several years since we tried. The economy torpedoed our efforts, but with the recovery we feel we can plan again, so watch out! A big romance writer con is on it’s way in possibly 2014. And ML Guida and I will be piloting the ship. That in itself is a very scary notion.

Are you attending any fun conventions this year, big or small? Have you ever tried to put on an event like a convention? Where do you go for fun as an author?

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