Elnora is home from her grand adventure in New York City. I hope to show a few pictures once I get settled (and unpack all those bags!!!)New York is such an incredible place. Even with a bruised head and a cut near my eye, I still managed to walk all over Manhattan. And shop, of course. Elnora so appreciates all the kind words I've received regarding my little mishap. I'm fine now. Still bruised and battered but the cut is healing nicely. So, what did I love about the RWA conference and New York?
Well, I enjoyed doing a workshop with our own Winnie Griggs and our LI editor Emily Rodmell. We talked about "Can you do that in an inspiratonal?" And we all agreed there are many things writers can do to create great PG-rated stories. Elnora believes in showing real people in real circumstances doing real life things. We know our readers expect that dose of reality mixed with a bit of drama and emotional intensity. We had a pretty good crowd and we enjoyed chatting with the audience. Many thanks to lovely Margaret Daley for being our moderator.
Of course, e-books were all the buzz. Our publishers are trying to wade through how to handle that particular situation, so there was some lively discussion regarding that. Elnora believes it will all come out in the wash, as my sweet mama used to say.
I attended workshops on how to refuel your muse--or rather how to find your muse again. Shopping always seems to work for me! I'm sure I attended other great workshops, but ... I did get a bump on my head so it's hard to remember. I have notes somewhere. The bottom line--read, read, read, write, write, write and learn, learn, learn.
We also enjoyed the hundreds of faithful readers who attended the Literary Booksigning! Big Daddy took a picture of the line out the door and into the parking garage! But nothing can beat that gurney ride through Times Square. I have all sorts of book ideas from that and from walking around the city. The weather was perfect for Elnora's hair--not too much humidity.
Of course, we danced the night away at the Harlequin Black and White Ball. Big Daddy was able to attend as the invited guest of our dear friend Laura Marie Altom, who was honored with her 25th book pin from Harlequin. We had lots of chocolate from the dessert tables. Yummy. So, what do you love about New York? And what questions do you have about the writing process?