A couple weekends ago, I had the privilege of joining a group of phenomenal authors at the MMRWA Retreat from Harsh Reality. This retreat also hosted some awesome writers from the Detroit RWA and the Capital City Writers’ groups.
First, let me preface this by saying that despite my chubby appearance and generally congenial personality, I am a bit on the anti-social side. I thought I was an extrovert, but it turns out I just had ADHD, which is easily medicated enough. So, I did book a room by myself far from the other writers… or so I thought. Coincidentally, my room was booked near the RWA favorite band – The Lazarus Connection. This is a group of authors who perform songs at different conferences – most of which are hilarious.
It was a great experience. Our keynote speaker was Rita Clay Estrada. She is the founder of the RWA and generally registers as a goddess in my small sphere of romance writers references. I wrote down almost everything she said and am using it to inspire the next phase in my career. Not only is she fabulous, but she is a wonderful person and entertaining as hell. It was actually incredibly intimidating to be near her and I’m afraid I may have fan-girled more than once. For those of you who are not aware of my fan girl tendencies, I have a long history of completely loosing my cool when in the presence of greatness.
RT 2014 – Lisa Renee Jones sat next to me. Literally, right next to me. I was having lunch with Gina Conkle and suddenly lost the ability to speak, except to repeat what Ms. Jones had ordered. “Omg – Lisa Renee Jones ordered an iced tea…omg, Lisa Renee Jones ordered a salad… It was just sad. I also ended up in an elevator with Eloisa James and I’ll spare you the details. Just know that ended up with a couple hits off my inhaler and my husband escorting me to my room.
I learned so much from this retreat – not just from the presentations, but from the conversation. I made so many new friends, as well as continued learning more about my craft. It was a really entertaining time as well, which I really appreciate!