The Party's Over..
I think Mary Jo Putney said that National is three days of introverts pretending they're extroverts. So we're all happy to be back home and writing (if not working the day job).
LINNEA WON BEST PARANORMAL!!!! That is so cool. I had a drink with her and met her delightful husband. She didn't win best first book, but then, neither did I...nor any other paranormal author. Doesn't happen.
My mentor learned an inner truth -- she's pretty much happy with her career as it is. I learned some interesting facts about my career (to be announced later), and saw my agent in action. My roomie, Janet, attended many seminars and bought tapes on site (as opposed to the mp3s which will be delivered in SEPTEMBER, like I did). So she had a refreshing of information.
Unless things change in a big way for Kay and Janet, neither of them will be returning to an RWA conference in the future. Many writers are hesitant about going back to Dallas next year.
I didn't get to see any of Atlanta, not even the aquarium, except from the Sundial (the revolving restaurant), that, of course was my own choice of priorities. It was interesting being downtown, but I like staying at places where you can really get out and walk and explore from the hotel. I didn't schedule my clothing right, and I didn't get enough sleep which makes me cranky. The roomie thing went ok, though. Kay has a daughter in NY, so from now on, she will continue to make trips there to meet with her editors. It's a different way to go.
I will probably go to Dallas...I'll decide next year.
May you all feel good writing today.