This week we all seem to be talking about conference and our experiences there. I didn't have the excitement that Angel experienced or the lunches/coffees/dinners that PC had scheduled. Nor did I know someone in ever single room like PM (seriously, she even knew the woman who walked onto the elevator with us) or have concrete goals as SP did. I went into this conference a little aimless. I knew that I'd enjoy seeing DC as I'd never gotten the chance to visit before. And I was right. Seeing the capital, the memorials and monuments, the Declaration of Independence, Smithsonian and the National Zoo were all amazing. But once those things were over I had no real direction. It turns out I was pretty busy. I didn't even manage to have a single drink in the bar. Conference sacrilege!
Despite being completely and totally unprepared - read no schedules, no lists, I didn't even look at the workshops before we left - I managed to come home energized and excited. I have a set of goals and a direction I didn't have before I left. I attended several workshops that excited me and started the creative juices flowing. I didn't even mind that I missed all of the publisher book signings. I might not have a pile of books but I came home with something greater. Since I've been home I've experienced what we've loving termed conference crash but despite that I've also managed to write 35 pages in three days.
When all is said and done it was a great conference. Getting to see Harry Potter with several Blaze Babes and my phenomenal editor, participating in the literacy autographing, having breakfast with Barbara Vey, attending the Blaze lunch and the Harlequin Party were all fantastic. But the highlight had to have been watching Angel as she experienced all of the excitement of being a Golden Heart finalist. Sitting next to her as her name and picture flashed up on that screen...I was so proud of her.
I might have to start all conferences this way from now on. Yeah, that sound is the other Playfriends groaning in protest. They were the ones who had to deal with my lack of preparations. Good friends are worth their weight in gold!