Back in the Evergreen state
Friday, August 22, 2008
Hello one and all--
Since I told you all about my trip to San Francisco, I thought you'd enjoy a picture of me with a couple of good friends--Lisa Kleypas (left) and Teresa Medeiros (right). This shot was taken by the lovely and talented Christina Dodd (who gave me endless grief for never having a camera when one is needed--thanks, Christina, for stepping in). There's another great photo of the whole group floating around, but I haven't downloaded it yet, so keep checking back!
I would have written a blog last week when I first got home, but the truth is that I was totally exhausted. For a girl like me, who spends most of her time sitting at home with a notepad in her lap--dressed in old sweats and flip flops--San Francisco with my girlfriends is quite a change of pace. Make up, high heels, handbags to match your outfits, and changing jewelry. It's all a bit overwhelming, but in a very good way. I have to say...I love it. For a short amount of time. Getting ready for it is a motivator that I definitely need--every year, the conference gets me to lose weight, get in shape, color and cut my hair, and ask someone if bellbottoms are still in style. (Thankfully, they are--phew. That's one less shoping trip).
Some of the highlights of the conference: a laughter-filled tiki night with friends Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Jill Marie Landis, and Jill Barnett. We were at a totally kitschy, tiki-inspired restaurant in the Fairmont hotel. The Tonga Room. How great a name is that? You KNOW I was in my element when the maitre de hands you a fake flower lei when you arrive. :) And rain fell in sheets from the ceiling every ten minutes into a steaming turquoise swimming pool. Just makes your fingers itch to hold a pina colada, doesn't it?
Another great night was dinner with friends at the Mexican restaurant, and a fab dinner with the brilliant team from St Martins that publishes me. (I have photos--keep checking back--especially a great one of my editor). I also met with Kim and her critique group, which was a blast.
All in all, the trip was absolutely wonderful. In addition to seeing old friends, I was lucky enough to meet many of you at the literacy signing, and I really appreciate all of you for showing up. There's nothing better than meeting readers. I always love to hear who you all are reading, what you're reading, and what books you're looking forward to. And btw, what are you all reading now? I'm deep into Anna Karenina. What should I put on my tbr pile?
And speaking of the literacy signing, I got to thinking about all of my wonderful readers out there--especially those of you who dare to weigh in to this blog--and I'm trying to figure out how to identify all of you when you enter the ARC contest for True Colors. I really want to give at least one of the rare ARCs to my blogger-friends. So maybe we need a name of some kind to identify those of you who regularly read and write in. What do you think? Does anyone have an idea?
Also, I'm thinking that several of you who wrote in about the sisters' essay are right on the mark. Something like: tell me about you and your sister...or about the woman who is as close as a sister... What do you think?
Thanks to all of you for keeping in contact so often. I love hearing from you.
Now, I guess I've got to run. My son is still home and tonight is family Hearts night. I love card games! Wish me luck...