Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Connecting at the writer's conference in New York City....

The Romance Writers of America's annual conference was held last week at the Marriott Marquis in NYC.  What an adventure it was to be back in New York--especially because my daughter Emily (pictured below while we were having breakfast) ) is an aspiring writer and attended the conference with me.

Our room was on the 28th floor overlooking Times Square, and it was such fun to look down at the incredible masses of pedestrians and continual traffic jams!  Definitely a far cry from my pastoral life in rural Iowa--LOL!

Have you been to New York City?  What did you think?

Most of the time I was having too much trouble with my asthma  to attend many workshops or gatherings with other authors,  but Emily and I still made it to the Metropolitan
Museum of Art,  and the Cloisters (a wonderful museum of medieval art and architecture.)  She loved them both and I--trailing far behind, huffing and puffing--did too.  :)

Can you believe that the vivid colors in photo are in stained glass made   in the 1200's?  If you click on the photo you can see it in better detail.

We also made it to some Broadway musical comedies, because Emily figured out the ticket lottery and rush tickets, which made them more affordable. The Gentlemen's Guide to Love & Murder was wonderful, and Something Rotten was even more so.

"Rotten" was about a young man who lived during Shakespeare's time and longed to become a writer as famous as Shakespeare. The talent was incredible--the lyrics often hilarious. But, I'll have to admit it was a bit off-color.  I wish I could see it again someday!

But beyond the New York experience, attending RWA is an uplifting and inspiring experience no matter where its held.  Spending time with other writers, since this job is a very isolating experience,  and seeing many friends receive awards made the time even more special.

Do you have certain conferences you really like to attend?  Certain cities or parts of the country?

Have you done any traveling this summer?

Wishing you all my best,
Roxanne Rustand


  1. It was a fantastic week. :) Loved every minute of it. So sorry to hear about your asthma keeping you under the weather. Glad to see you made the best of NYC, though.

  2. Roxanne, it was fun having lunch with the editors, and so nice that you had a wonderful time with your daughter.

  3. So glad you could share your experience with your daughter. Sorry to hear about your asthma, though. I wondered what Rotten was about, so thanks for mentioning it. :)

  4. What a wonderful week with your daughter! New York is quite the bustling place. Yes, very different from country life.

  5. I enjoyed visiting with several of you at RWA!! So much fun to match faces to the real people :)


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