I don’t know about the rest of you that are going to RWA National in SF, but I passed anxiety a few days ago and I’m now in full-blown panic. I am excited but so not ready!!!

I’ve just barely gotten the house back in order after the “toga party” last weekend and I’m also in the throes of planning a religious education committee retreat at my UU church for the week after I get back. (Yes, I’ve become a “church lady” but sans hair net, I promise!) This doesn’t count the usual craziness of keeping up with camps, music lessons and playdates.

So here’s my getting-ready-for-RWA status report.

I have: lost about 10 pounds (though I’d like it to be more); gone out and bought new makeup, tossing stuff I’ve been using for years (yes, I know Carmindy would shudder); figured out the all-important question of What to Wear every day of the conference and especially the awards night; straightened out a snafu with the scheduling of my children’s summer camp, thereby ensuring childcare for next week.

I have not yet: checked over my Regency gown to see if it fits and/or needs any repairs; made up new business cards; even looked at the workshop schedule.

But it will all get done. Some things I’m really looking forward to:

We hope many of you will mingle with us at the Evening Soiree on Wednesday. Many of us will be in costume so there should be some great photo opportunities! Besides, who could resist the chance of being fleeced by Cara at the gaming table or partnered by a Risky in an English country dance? I may have two left feet but I’ve not actually trodden on anyone-yet! 🙂

Our next scheduled get together will be Friday morning at the continental breakfast (7:30-8:30). We would love to have as many of you as possible drop by to chat. We’ll mark the table with some sort of signage so you can find us. And we’ll have some fabulous Risky buttons to give out, too!

So anyway, here’s a timetable of Risky rendezvous at RWA:

Wednesday, July 30 (2:30-3:25)
“Keeping It Real: Making Your Historical Characters Come Alive” workshop by Megan Frampton, Amanda McCabe & Andrea Pickens

Wednesday, July 30 (5:30-7:30PM)
“Readers for Life” Literacy Autographing
Wednesday, July 30 (8:45-11PM)
Evening soiree with dancemaster

Friday, Aug 1 (7:30-8:30AM)
Breakfast with the Riskies

Saturday, Aug 2 (8:30-9:30AM)
“Writing the Hot Historical” with Janet Mullany, Helen Breitweiser and Pam Rosenthal

Saturday, Aug 2 (12:45-1:45PM)
“Doddering Butlers, Pert Housemaids, and Faithful Retainers: Busting the Servant Myths” with Janet Mullany

If I missed any Risky events here, please let me know.

For those who are going to RWA, are you ready? What are you most looking forward to? For anyone who is not coming, you will be missed!