Monday, January 21, 2008

New Friends

The conference was fabulous. If any of you get a chance to take a workshop from Debra Dixon you should. She is one of the best speakers I've ever seen. She was witty, fiercely intelligent, passionate about writing, and able to give concrete advice in a way that made sense and motivated me to run home and fix the mistakes in my WIP. I can't say enough good things about her.

I got to meet three of the amazingly talented and sweet Manuscript Mavens. Their storyboarding workshop was very helpful and well-presented and they looked fetching in their matching pink and white t-shirts.

I also met Delilah Marvelle whose upcoming School of Gallantry series for Kensington sounds scintillating and delicious. Check her out!

The best part about conferences is meeting so many other writers whose tales of perseverance and triumph inspire you to keep going. It's not going to be easy. But I'll never get published if I don't polish this manuscript and send it out. It's as simple as that.

I registered for the San Francisco National RWA conference today. Are you going?

Friday, January 18, 2008

Hanging With the Mavens.

I get to hang with the Manuscript Mavens this weekend at the Rose City Romance Writer's retreat/workshop held at the swanky Hotel Lucia. I can't wait to attend the Maven Storyboarding 602 Workshop to get some expert advice. My first attempt at storyboarding didn't turn out so well since I changed my plot to the point where the board didn't make sense and I had to take all the post-it notes off.

It will be so fun to finally meet some of my Avon FanLit friends in person! But San Francisco will be the real party. I'm counting the days...

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

On fire!

We interrupt this romance blog to bring you a special report about some very hot guys who are burning up the (stat) sheets right now...

While working on my romance WIP tonight, I tuned in to NBA radio to listen to the Portland Trail Blazers incinerate the Golden State Warriors. I've been a Blazers fan since I moved to Portland in 2001. I'm so proud of them right now. They are the youngest team in the NBA but they are playing with poise and passion, with Brandon Roy (picture above--definite romance hero material, n'est-ce pas?) leading the way. They've won 17 of their last 18 games, all without their number one draft pick (Greg Oden) who is out for the season with an injury.

I don't play any sports (unless you count vintage clothes shopping as one). My BF isn't a sports fan. All my friends think it's really weird when I rattle off Blazers stats. What can I say? I love some good ball handling (hee hee).

How about you? Do you take time out from crafting brilliant dialogue to cheer on a local team?