Thursday, March 25, 2010

Thursday Thirteen - What I'm looking forward to at RT!

I want to welcome Pat Cunningham to the Shapeshifter Seductions blog. I'm looking forward to her posts. I also want to thank her for swapping days with me. I was having some challenges getting my Monday morning posts up in a timely manner (bad blogger, no biscuit!). So today I want to try a new kind of post for me. A Thursday Thirteen.

What IS a Thursday Thirteen? Well, the concept has been around for quite a while and it's really simple. Each Thursday I'll blog a list of thirteen things. Could be almost anything. Maybe it will be favorite movies, annoyances at work, what I love about spring... You get the idea. So today is my first - at least here. Grin

Today my TT will be (see title of post...) What I'm most looking forward to about RT this year. RT is the Romantic Times Booklovers Convention. I'm an RT virgin and RT is just about a month away now. My tummy is all aflutter in anticipation.

Thursday Thirteen #1

What I'm most looking forward to at RT 2010!

1. A road trip with Robin Rotham.
Not only is she a good driver, but she's a LOT of fun on the road. AND she stops when you have to go to the bathroom. Yaaaay Robin!

2. Meeting many of my online author friends in person.

Friends like the lovely Paris Brandon. She and I talk on the phone frequently. We exchange emails. She reads my stuff and I read hers. But I have yet to meet her in person and give her a hug for all her support. I'm really looking forward to that.

3. Cover Models.

Do I have to elaborate here? I mean....just look.

4. The Ellora's Cave "Paint the Town Red" Party.

I even found a new dress for the party...on sale. I'll get to walk across a stage to be introduced...while I'm accompanied by an EC cover model. Oh yeah.

5. Catching up with fellow EC authors that I met at Romanticon.

EC authors are FUN. They like to party and they are really supportive of each other. It's going to be great to see them again.

6. The book signings.

I'm participating in the e-book expo book signing on Friday night and the book fair signing on Saturday. I love meeting readers so I can talk to them and book signings give me that opportunity. I also enjoy the time schmoozing with my fellow authors while we wait for the hordes (at least I hope there are hordes) to arrive.

7. The parties and mixers.

I love to have fun. Dance. Mix with people and get to know them. It will be super to meet people when they aren't "on stage." Everyone will just be kicking back and laughing together. I love that.

8. The workshops.

I love to attend workshops to learn interesting things and hear agents, editors and my fellow authors share their knowledge. It should be a great learning experience.

9. The Mr. Romance contest.

Hunks on parade. Totally awesome.

10. Meeting editors.

Romanticon gave me the opportunity to meet many of EC's editors. This will be a great opportunity to renew the acquaintance. Also, I'll have the opportunity to meet editors from other publishers in a fun and relaxed setting.

11. Meeting agents.

I've always been a little scared of agents but this event will give me an informal sort of situation to mix with agents and get to know them a bit. I'm looking forward to that.

12. Meeting READERS!!!

I love meeting my readers...heck any readers. Readers are the reason I write. I want them to like my writing. This is a great venue for mixing with readers and getting to know them better. It's also a great place to ask them what they like and don't like about various genres of books. This is gonna be great...

13. Playing fangrrl and getting books SIGNED by my favorite authors.

I love to read and the authors of some of my favorite reads will be attending RT. I'm going to have to fight like the dickens to not squee like a teenage girl seeing her favorite movie star when I get book signed.


So are YOU going to RT this year? If you are, what are you most looking forward to? I'm an RT virgin. Is there anything about RT that I've missed?

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Valerie Douglas aka V.J. Devereaux said...

I'm an RT virgin, too, so I'm just looking forward to the whole experience... and since it's in my hometown...

Crystal Kauffman said...

I wish I were going, but I have to skip this year, and RWA. :(

jehara said...

I think it would be really neat to meet bloggy friends in person.
It sounds like you are in for a fun time.

Francesca Hawley said...

Valerie - I'll definitely say "HI" to you when I get there.

Crystal - I wish you were going to. It would be so great to sit an chat with you.

Jehara - I think I am in for a VERY fun time. I'm really looking forward to the cover models....a lot. LOL

Pat C. said...

Thanks for the welcome! I just did my first test post over at Title Magic, the entire fourth chapter of London Werewolf. It worked! I've already got Monday's blog rough-drafted. My posting times will be dictated by when I can get to the library for the free Internet. I'll figure something out.

Ah, cons. Never been to a romance con, but I went to plenty of SF cons back in the day. I'm guessing that, instead of watching Japanese cartoons until 4 in the morning, you guys watch those cover models. I think I need to re-shift my priorities.

Savanna Kougar said...

Oh, I'd love to attend. Unfortunately, there's no way.
I know you'll have a great time and meet wonderful folks.

Paris said...

Looking forward to finally meeting you in person! I've been to two RT's but this will be my first as a pubbed author and I'm getting very excited!

Yes, I'm looking forward to partying and meeting the gorgeous cover hunks. I met a few a couple of years ago in St. Louis and K.C. but it's been awhile!

I'm looking forward to the energy that conferences produce. I'm always eager to get back to work;-)

I wish everyone were able to go this year, I'd love to meet you all;-)

Serena Shay said...

Alas, no RT or RWA for me this year. :( By the sounds of it is going to be a fabulous time, and those cover models...yum! Gee, are you going to ride back with Robin as well or stow-away in one of those lovely lads bags! ;)

Americanising Desi said...

sounds fun though i have missed all the opportunities i had :)

Ranting n Panting

Christine McKay said...

I'm going...via road trip from Wisconsin! It's worth it to go just to people watch. So many creative costumes at the parties!

Samantha Kane said...

I loved meeting you at Romanticon, and I can't wait to see you again! We are going to have tons of fun at RT. See you Tues. night!

Cris Anson said...

Francesca, I'm looking forward to giving you big hugs at RT, and shimmying with you (and the cover models) on the dance floor.

Angela Knight said...

I always go to RT. Great fun. I love meeting fans and getting my picture taken with them, and I love signing autographs. I mean, in my Fundamentalist hometown I'm lucky if people at bookstores don't spit on my shoes, smut writer that I am. So feelin' the love is wonderful. And I get to spend time all alone with my hubby...Droooool! --- Angela Knight