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:
- the fantastic lineup of workshops, including tasting of period foods and presentations by reenactors at the First Annual Historical Romance Writers’ Conference, put on jointly by the Beau Monde and Hearts through History
- workshops during the main conference
- a possible excursion to the Lacis Museum of Lace and Textiles
- seeing friends again that I haven’t seen in years
- meeting new ones I’ve met on this blog.
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
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!