home alone

As I mentioned yesterday, I’m not attending the RWA National convention this year in New York.  If I were, I’d probably be leaving right…about…now.  Which makes me—as the photo reflects—sad. :crying

I AM SAD I won’t be seeing my wonderful agent & editors—all of whom treat me to delicious meals when we get together.  Not that I’m in it solely for the food.  Or the drinks.  But those things are a definite plus. :eats

I AM SAD I’ll miss seeing & chatting with so many of my writer friends.  One of the very best things about conferences is seeing & chatting with writer friends.  And making new writer friends, too!

I AM SAD I won’t run into readers who think I’m the best thing since sliced bread.  You know that scene in Soapdish where Sally Fields goes to the mall incognito, then makes Whoopi Goldberg “recognize” her until a crowd of fans gathers around  begging for autographs?  Yeah, it’s kind of like that.  And sometimes, those of us  who spend so much time at home, indoors, in our deadline caves… feeling overworked, underpaid, & underappreciated… well, sometimes we really needs that tiny little ego boost.

I AM SAD I’ll miss attending the Golden Heart/RITA ceremony when a couple of friends are finalists this year.  But I’m betting they come home with the awards, & having me there would probably only act as a bad luck charm, anyway. :spikey

I AM SAD I won’t get to visit New York.  I mean, it’s (in the tone of the Pace Thick & Chunky Salsa commerical) New York City! I could have gone to a show (Wicked, perhaps? :mistress )…witnessed the Gay Pride Parade scheduled for this week…visited by agent’s & publishers’ offices…spotted the Naked Cowboy in Times Square (I’ve actually seen him before; in fact, I was there & witnessed him in all his half-naked, guitar-toting goodness before folks started to really notice him & make a big deal about his presence.  That’s right, I practically discovered the Naked Cowboy. Well, I noticed him, anyway. What red-blooded American gal wouldn’t? :eyelashes )…or pressed my nose against the Today Show Window (I’ve done that, too…from both sides. *g*)…

I AM SAD—really, really sad—I’m going to miss the Black & White party Harlequin is throwing at the Waldorf.  I’ve never been there…nor have I been to one of their Black & White parties, which I hear are exceptional.  Not to mention the St. Martin’s Press & Kensington parties.  And the publisher sponsored book signings…which are way more fun (for me, anyway) than the giant Literacy Signing.  Uh-oh, I’z hazing a major sad again… :crying

And I AM SAD I will not be there to hear all the latest business buzz firsthand.  Oh, that really is a blast.  Some of it’s gossip, sure, but some of it’s really important industry information you just don’t hear anywhere else.

Yeah, I’m starting to feel badly that I’m not going…or perhaps more to the point, won’t be there.  (And, yes, there is a difference.)  But I’ll be all right.  Lots to keep me busy here.  And hopefully all those friends who are attending will share detailed reports the minute they get back.




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  1. Donna says:

    I am sad that you are sad but I am happy that we will be getting a book out of your misery.

  2. Pamela Cayne says:

    Well, hell. I was doing okay with missing RWA until I read this post, and now I want to cry into a 55-gallon drum of chocolate! :crying

    BUT!!! Nationals happens every year (as does RT and some of the *awesome* regional conferences, so I’m going to focus on those instead.)

    …and hang out here in the dungeon where there’s food and drink to comfort and many strong shoulders to cry on.

    Hmm. Guess not going to RWA isn’t so bad after all. :jump

    • Heidi says:

      I know! And, um, sorry about that. :oucher But wait till you see tomorrow’s post, in which I list all the reasons I’m glad I’m staying home. Maybe it will make you feel better.

      And you are welcome to hang out here ALL WEEK LONG! Laura Wright & I are even discussing holding a big “no RWA for us” contest on Friday to make the pain a little easier to bear. :cupcake

  3. Leanne Banks says:

    Heidi, I am so bummed that you won’t be there! ALWAYS LOVE to see your bright, smiling face. Are you sure you can’t sneak up for the BxW party? You’re in PA, aren’t you? You could DRIVE!!!! xo, Leanne

    • Heidi says:

      I’m bummed, too, Leanne. I’m gonna miss seeing you! And the B&W party…man! I’ve never been to one & I hear they are fabu. Missing that really is depressing. :crying

      I hope y’all have a terrific time, tho…& report back every dang detail!

  4. Roni says:

    I’m sorry I won’t see you Heidi. Hopefully you’ll be able to attend the NJ conference!

    • Heidi says:

      Thanks, Roni! Not sure I’ll be at NJRW this year, either, but it could happen. We’ll see. (It’s not my year for confs, I don’t think. LOL)

      Have fun in NY for me!

  5. Laura J. (still in my top secret place with Bradley) says:

    Well I guess there won’t be a party this year. Cuz…the party don’t start til you get there. :getdown

    Maybe we can have our own black/white party here in the dungeon. OR maybe because it’s the the dungeon a black and PURPLE party? :whip :whistledev

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