Thursday, August 31, 2006

Once a Contest Slu...

Okay, I mentioned a few months ago that I entered a writing contest with a couple of my manuscripts. YEA!!! They BOTH finaled!!! I got an email tonight telling me that they were on their way to the editor judge for placement. :)

After not entering a contest like this for over 18 months, I have to admit, it felt good to send something new out & for both of those new stories to final in the first time out. After finaling in over 40 writing contests, perhaps it's silly to get so excited, but I am. Validation of sorts, I suppose.

Plus, I had a readers group to contact me tonight about coming to speak with them on Jane Millionaire during October. I love doing that!! Lots of fun.

Off to work on the new one. I've got great vibes going on it & can't wait for my agent to send it out. Soon. Very, very soon.
I had to put Jude's pic up tonight, because one of the stories that finaled was my Jude book. :) Man, I love that story!!! It is so much fun. I have all these cool promo ideas and...okay, I'm getting ahead of myself. Got to sell the book first.

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Partners For Healing

Usually I catch up on emails & write on Wednesdays. Today I didn't get to do that because I volunteered to work at a free healthcare clinic called Partners for Healing. It's such a fabulous place. It's a free clinic to the WORKING uninsured who live or work in the county where the clinic is located. :) I volunteered and saw patients for 4 hours today. I always feel so rewarded after spending time there. Unfortunately since I've started writing I don't volunteer as much as I once did. (When the clinic first opened I was there 12 hours a week every week for like 9 months.) Now I'm ashamed to admit how often I make it over there. That's one of the things I hope to change in upcoming months--I want to volunteer more in my community & to help others.

For me the breast cancer walk is one of those things that I feel important, too. Helping others is really helping ourselves. I believe this with all my heart.

If you haven't sponsored someone in the 3 Day Breast Cancer walk, PLEASE DO. If you'd like to sponsor my walk (even if it's $5 dollars--that helps!), Follow This Link to visit my personal web page and help me in my efforts to support The Breast Cancer 3-Day I'm $705 in toward my goal & still hope to raise at least $1500 more.


Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Brace Yourself!

I spent my morning at the Orthodontist office with 2 of my kids. I'm now the proud mother of two metal mouths & a whole lot broker than I was when I woke up this morning. The joys of motherhood. ;) Both Abby & Jessie did awesome when getting their braces put on. They'll both have to wear them for about a year. Abby just has 6 brackets on top & Jessie has a full set.

I'm off to work on my latest proposal. Got my synopsis & blurb to my agent & I'm polishing my first 3 chapters. Going to make them SHINE before we submit--which will be SOON. :)

Monday, August 28, 2006


Tonight I'm in an introspective mood--specifically in regards to friends. I am so blessed. I swear I have the greatest friends in the whole world. Friends I am super close with and talk to every day. Friends that I can not see or talk to for weeks or months on end and then when we get together it's without missing a beat. Friends that understand me and love me despite my flaws.

Michelle Buonfiglio blogged about friends when we got back from Atlanta & posted a photo of us. It meant so much because she's such a wonderful person and a friend I made directly because of Jane Millionaire. I met several of my newest friends through their reading Jane. I absolutely adore a few of Jane's reviewer and am in the process of supervising the building of a shrine devoted to one in particular. ;)

Many of my closest friends are results of my writing career. Friends that, although we live hundreds of miles apart, are important daily aspects of my life. Friends that I can not imagine not having to call upon to chat, whine, cry, cheer, love, giggle, etc. with.

So, today's post is devoted to friends. To the ones from days gone past, the present ones, and the ones I've yet to meet. Live life large and always be the kind of friend you would love to have. Be honest, kind, caring, compassionate, uplifting, a good listener, a secret keeper, a hand holder, a tear wiper, a champagne toaster, a smiler---I could do this all night. Just as I could post pics of friends & still I'd leave someone out. Just know that tonight's post is dedicated to all of my friends--you know who you are!!!!
Anna, Terry, Tawny, & Janice!
Janice, Anna, & Kath--Three Muskateers.
I literally met this particular friend over desserts quite a few years ago in NYC.
Janice & some of the fabulous Wet Noodle Posse!!
Janice & Some of the The Writers Playground--my place to play and just be myself.

Michelle Buonfiglio & Janice (If you haven't checked out Michelle's NBC column Romance B(u)Y the Book--do it! It's awesome. Plus she has a really cool blog at She's awesome!!)
Janice & Most of theAmerican Title II & Romantic Times friends.

More of The Writers Playground friends.

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Breast Cancer Article

Woo hoo! I found out tonight that I'm going to be writing an article on Breast Cancer for a local newspaper. Very excited about this for lots of reasons. I haven't decided on the exact slant I'm going to take with the article yet, but plan to work on it this weekend--in between polishing my latest single title proposal which is easily my best writing to date. I'm not sure how much that's saying, but I know deep in my gut that this story is it. My agent believes it, too. But I digress, back to the breast cancer article. It's likely going to be on the front page of the newspaper! How cool is that???? I'm hoping to raise awareness of the disease, plus raise funds for the walk. I'm $695 in have to raise a minimal of $2200. I'm hoping to raise more.

I called on a For Sale by Owner house yesterday & discovered that they'd just listed it with a realtor. The price went up $30,000. Ugh! So I went from very interested to not so interested. Well, okay, I love the house. There's 5 acres with it. The land's not quite as great as the house David & I made an offer on earlier this summer, but the house is much more to my taste. The other house backed up to a small river (more like a creek that can be waded in and the kids could catch minnows & crawdads.) and had a natural spring we could dig out for a pond. This one doesn't. The other house was also perfectly located for us. This one is a few minutes further out, but still not bad. Actually, it's closer to David's work--further from mine though. If it doesn't sell through the realtor I may go look at it in a few months, otherwise I guess this one's a no go, too. Good thing David & I are in no hurry to buy a house & move, eh? Besides, with all my remodeling, it's sorta like living in a new house already. ;)

My oldest son (the Prez) got his spacers put on yesterday and gets his braces on Tuesday. My daughter is getting her braces on Tuesday, too. Fun. Fun.

Off to write for a while before crashing. It was another long day at the office. A good day though. Night all!

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Another day at work...

Wah! I didn't get to write again today. Hope to in a few minutes, though. Work was super busy. Lots of catching up to do after being off for so many consecutive days. Hopefully things will calm down in a few days because I want to get home before bedtime.

Okay, review of what I got done while off...

1.) Stripped the zillion or two layers of paint off my stairs & am prepping the wood for staining.

2.) Cleaned walls & trim stairwell then painted walls & trim

3.) Cleaned all doors & trim in my upstairs & painted all

4.) Cleaned my dining room walls & trim then painted both

5.) Cleaned my living room walls & trim then painted both

6.) Cleaned out upstairs hall closet.

7.) Stripped paper off my downstairs hall wall. (still have to do minor wall repairs then paint)

8.) wrote new Blaze proposal

9.) wrote new single title proposal (still working on synopsis, though)

10.) spent lots of time with the kiddos & got them started back to school with all supplies & necessary new clothes.

11.) Cleaned my office (okay, so only partially, but you can see floor again...)

12.) Signed up to walk 60 miles in 3 days for the 3 Day Breast Cancer walk in Atlanta. (Yes, you can help by going to & following the link at the top of my website.)

13.) Wrote an article for the Wet Noodle Posse e-zine (on Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome--the new issue comes out on Sept 1--be sure to check it out at )

14.) Campaigned for the new Student Body President at Westwood Jr. High School (who told me tonight that he also got President of the Pep club. Woo hoo!! :)

15.) Went for a motorcycle ride with hubby on Friday. Great weather & we just rode the back roads. Very cool.

16.) Spent time with my parents & grandparents & in-laws.

17.) Booksigning & conference in Atlanta. :)

18.) Discovered that TWO of my kids are getting braces this month & that I could have bought a car for what that's going to cost me.

19.) Looked for new living room furniture, but haven't bought any yet. (See #18 for reason)

20.) Read several books off my TBR pile.

21.) Exercised routinely, increasing my time in prep for the 60 mile walk.

Okay, so I didn't get done half what I'd meant to, but I did cram a lot in & I'm sure I'm forgetting lots of stuff, too. All in all though, it was a much needed break. Maybe I can finish up some of these other jobs this weekend. But the main thing I'm doing for the rest of this week (besides working) is polishing my new single title proposal so it can be sent out soon. I LOVE this story!!!! :)

Monday, August 21, 2006

Back to work...

Well, sadly, my time off is over and I went back to work today. Although, admittedly, I suppose the sadness is subjective as I had a lot of "Hallelujahs!" to the fact I'd returned from patients.

I've still been preparing for the Breast Cancer 3 Day. I'm $600 toward my goal, but have a LONG way to go. For more information on how you can donate & make a difference in fighting breast cancer copy and paste the following into your browser:
Personal Page Link:

I'd recap what I intended to do while off & what I did over my time off tonight but I'm too tired. It was a long day & my daughter is asking me to read "Amber Brown is not a Crayon" to her so I'm off to read.

Here's Johnny to entertain you in the meantime.

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Jessie WON!!!

Okay, so the buttons & t-shirts & poster-making paid off. My son won!! He's the new student body president!!! How cool is that??? After campaigning all day, the candidates gave speeches yesterday afternoon and then the entire student body (7th, 8th, & 9th grades) voted. There were some other fab kids in the running. But Jessie found out today that he won!!!! So proud of him! All my kids really. They're great--yes, they ARE all asleep at the moment & quite angelic. ;)

Oh, and on all the campaign paraphenalia, Jessie wasn't the only candidate that did all that stuff. They all did. One girl had the cheerleaders perform as part of her speech.

I'm counting the days until I go back to work--ack! But since the kiddos are getting braces on the 29th of this month, I guess going back to work next week is a good thing. But I still have a bunch of stuff to get done first...

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Big kudos to Dana & Robin

My sister-in-law & her hubby got a link up on my website that links to the Breast Cancer 3 Day. The link takes you directly to my page so that you can follow my progress on reaching my goal. It also has a really cool scroll that shows people who've donated & in honor/memory of whom. Very cool!

My goal is $2200 & as of this moment $330 has been raised. Lots more to go, but I'll make it.

My son is running for student body president at his Jr. High school. Okay, I know I'm old & uncool, but when did a jr high school campaign require t-shirts & buttons & candy & stickers???? I asked him about this & he grinned & said I taught him too well. Oh my. I guess I didn't realize just how much he was taking in during my Vote for Jane Millionaire campaign during the American Title contest.

Monday, August 14, 2006

Witing Contests

A few friends & I are judging entries for a particular writing contest. We've been discussing rules that have changed this year from last year (yes, we judged last year, too). The rule that's bothering us is that for every score given that's not a 5 (perfect score) we have to make a comment. Don't get me wrong. I think someone who's going to judge needs to make comments. After all the entrant paid money to enter the contest. But several of my friends have said they will NOT be judging this contest next year if this rule sticks. Why should they have to justify every score that's not a perfect number when the reality is that most entries are average---not perfect.
I always give comments on anything I score that's below average & personally think that should be done. I like to give the majority of my comments in the body of the entry, with summaries of comments or trends commented on in the comments sections & if I score below average, I always put a qualifier next to that number. But to require comments behind every single non-perfect score--I have to disagree. What I see happening is lots of judges (who are volunteers) no longer judging and a few judges being overworked & being the ones whose tastes & personal preferences influence which manuscripts are finaling. Maybe I'm wrong, but from what I see among my inner circle, I don't see writers who are giving up time they could be writing being okay with such stringent rules. Many want to give back to other writers, but when contests become so picky & demanding, what happens? I spoke with one judge who said she marked higher than she ordinarily would have because she couldn't come up
with a justification for her 4s other than that the entry just didn't stand out & wasn't really anything special--just technically put together well. In my opinion that's wrong. What's going to happen is skewed scores & lots of manuscripts with really high scores to where perhaps a less deserving manuscript ends up finaling. It'll be interesting to see how many manuscripts end up with really high-ranking scores. I'm betting lots.

Just my thoughts on the matter. I've judged several contests recently & not run across this requirement being so strictly enforced in other contests. I hope this isn't a new trend. I understand that chapters & contest coordinators are trying to get their entrants more bang for the buck, but perhaps some discresion should be left up to the individual judges on what they comment on. Anyone else have opinions on this?

Sunday, August 13, 2006

Where did the weekend go???

It seems like I just posted that Friday post & now it's late Sunday evening. Time just zooms by when you're having fun.

My boys had a school dance slash volleyball game Friday night. Was an interesting combo & they said they had fun.

Yesterday, hubby & I worked on our remodeling project. I worked on trying to fine tune the paint removal off my stairs. Most of it is gone from where I took the heat gun to it--amazing how it just peeled away! But there are spots here and there that need mineral spirits to come off. I got three steps and part of the landing done. Hopefully, I'll get more done tonight before crashing.

Hubby stripped off all the wall paper in our hallway--which looks more like a small room with lots of doors than a hallway. He's gone through & filled nail holes etc & doing touch-up resurfacing. The walls are masonite. It looks strange in there to me right now, but hopefully by the time we get finished it'll look great. I'm almost finished with the living room except to go buy new furniture. Once done with that I'll post a picture.

Hubby, daughter, & I went to Lowe's for more paint, another stepladder, & a hang-down rack for the garage. We did a quick detour at Dairy Queen before heading home.

Branding is being discussed on a loop I'm on. Very interesting & makes me really question how I marketed myself when Jane came out. Did I brand myself? Actually, I'm pretty sure I was branded before I did anything because of the American Title contest. It's amazing how often readers, other writers, & booksellers call me Jane. Heck, for a while my MOM called me Jane. Perhaps I should have the word JANE in all my titles.

Of all the books I've ever titled my current story is my favorite. I wrote 16 pages yesterday & 11 today on my newest story. It's one that I'd mentioned to Pamela while in Atlanta. I'm so excited about this story. It's loads of fun. It's also more research than I've ever had to do. I'm learning lots!!!

Oh, & I'm 10% to goal on the 3 day 60 mile cancer walk! Thanks to Corbette, Pigtails, Cheryl, Trish, & Patricia for making donations!!!!

If you'd like to donate/sponsor my walk, please visit

I walked two miles tonight on my training. Let's see, I have to work up to 20 miles a day...I have some work to do, don't I??? Hey, maybe I'll permanently drop that 5 pounds that keeps coming and going. That would be cool!!

Friday, August 11, 2006

3 Day Breast Cancer Walk

I need your help. Tonight I committed to participating in a 3 Day 60 miles walk to raise money for breast cancer research. As some of you know, this is a disease that has touched my life personally through my grandmother who has had two occurences, but is currently cancer free--Thank God. It's also a disease that touches me professionally. As a nurse practitioner, I've been the one to diagnose and tell a woman she has breast cancer. It's one of the most horrible feelings in the world to look a woman in the eye and tell her she has cancer. Of her breasts. To see the denial, the fear. I just can't put the emotions into words. What I hope is that you'll sponsor my walk to raise funds to find a cure for this disease.

PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE give to this cause. If not by sponsoring me, then by sponsoring someone else or walking yourself. Together we can make a difference.

and click on my name, Janice Lynn.

Sorry these links aren't turning out as nice as I'd like...have I ever mentioned that I'm computer challenged? Just a few times, huh. :)

Warning: You will see this message again and I'll report how the training (Those of you who know me are snorting right now. I hear it!!!) & fundraising are going.

Thursday, August 10, 2006

New Blaze Proposal

Those of you who know me, know that I have always dreamed of writing for Harlequin. Temptation & Blaze are my favorite lines, although I love almost all of them. Before I started writing, it was while reading Harlequin, Silhouette, & Second Chance at Love books that I fell in love with romance. My reading is much broader based now, but I still adore curling up with a good category romance and many of my favorite single title reads are from former category authors.

Today, a new proposal went out to Blaze. :) Say a little prayer for me! (okay, now I'm hearing the ditzy twins off My Best Friend's Wedding singing this...)

I swiped this quote off my pal Debra Parmley's website and wanted to share it with you because its so true.

"Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great."

- Mark Twain

& just because he's so wonderful, here's Matthew pics.

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Matthew's Auction

My youngest had dental issues this morning and was put to sleep to have 4 teeth fixed. Ack. I feel like I'm working just to pay for my kids' teeth these days. The oldest & my daughter get their braces on August 29th. Fun. Fun.

I spent most of the rest of the day with him as his gopher--yeah, he played it to the hilt, but he's 7 and so darn cute that I just waited on him and foot and let him be king for the day. What's a Mom to do??? ;)

All the kids started school back on Monday. :) Woo hoo! & yet Boo hoo! too. Oh the woes of being a Mom & the way it tugs on our hearts. I *hope* to get some writing done tomorrow.

I am sooooo needing a Matthew fix. It's been a while, hasn't it???? Okay, you can tell I have been really busy because I flipping missed that Matthew was auctioning his car off for Oprah's Angel Network. & it's even my dream car...a Corvette. My whole life I've loved Corvettes & Mustangs.

Here's the info if any of you would like to buy the car for me...hint, hint...Christmas is only a few months away...Actually, it's already over and sold for $61,600, but how cool that Matthew auctioned his car. It is time for the Matthew book to be written.

Sunday, August 06, 2006

RWA~Saturday...otherwise known as the GH/Rita Awards!

Saturday came way too fast during the fast-paced RWA conference in Atlanta.

On Saturday morning, I went to a few workshops, listened to an awesome keynote speech from Christina Dodd about staying on the "street of success" & then rushed off to my workshop with Brianna Yamashita & Jo-Ann Powers. I admit to being nervous. Although I've given workshops at my local chapter, other chapters, & even a few smaller RWA conferences, this was my first at Nationals. Plus, my first time being recorded. All the usual fears ran through my mind--no one would come, friends would come & think my part sucked, I'd develope laryngitis & not be able to talk, I wouldn't develope laryngitis & then I'd have to talk, you get the idea. Anna Sugden moderated the workshop--and did a mighty fine job!
Brianna had put together handouts that one of my pals said was "pure gold". Unfortunately, I didn't get one & we ran out. :( Not sure of the exact number of attendees, but obviously more than 65. :) Considering that we were going up against a fabulous PAN workshop, several great regular workshops (including one with Brenda Chin that I would love to have been at), and the GH/Rita rehearsals, I was blown away with the turnout. I've gotten lots of emails (from friends & people who attended the workshop) saying they loved it and really got a lot from it. All smiles here! The workshop (on Making the Most of Your Marketing Dollars) was a success. Woo hoo!

Went to a couple of workshops after that with Lindsey Brookes, then back to my room for a few. Kath & Beth & I grabbed a bite to eat from a hotel restaurant, then got ready for the fabulous GH/Rita Awards. The whole gang had reserved seats up front--thanks to so many of the Writers Playground being fab-o GH finalists (watch out Rita, here we come!) Only, there weren't enough seats...let's see one person per reserved seating ticket, known number of tickets given out & arrangements made for that number---uhm, there were apparently a lot of people who snuck in that weren't supposed to be there. We ended up in a new row of seats right up front but in between the stage & the screen so most of my pics are sideways shots.

None of my playmates won their category, but the Wet Noodle Posse cleaned house!! OMG! Stephanie Feagan, Diane Perkins, & Dianna Love Snell totally rocked!! I'm so proud of my GH2003 sisters. All three are fabulous writers and deserve every accolade recieved. My pal & fellow American Title finalist Laurie Kellogg won her GH category with a book that is my favorite of the one's she's written. Great emotion in that story!!

Oh, and did I mention that NORA ROBERTS was the hostess for the evening??? & she was freaking amazing!!! And Susan Elizabeth Phillips got a much deserved Life Time Acheivement award--and mentioned the Wet Noodle Posse!!!

I did, however, get the chance to get a pic with my current editor who took Kate's place. Leah Hultenschmidt is a total sweetie & has been great to work with, too. Everyone from Dorchester has.
After the award ceremony was the reception--OMG! there were flowing fountains of chocolate. I walked into the room and breathed in chocolate. Thought I'd died and gone to heaven. Yes, it was messy & we were dressed in formals, but YUM. Delish!

The highlight of my evening by far was that I got to meet Kate Seaver. Who is Kate Seaver? She's the editor who read Jane Millionaire and recommended it for the American Title contest, the editor who ultimately bought my book. Although I'd spoken to Kate on the phone a few times prior to her leaving Dorchester, I never got to meet her. I think I gushed all over her, but, people, she gave me the shot I needed and helped make my dream come true. Forever, I will adore her for that. Unfortunately, I was so gushy that I never thought to get a picture with her. That's my one regret of the evening as I really wish I had. Maybe someday I'll hae another opportunity.

After the reception, several of us changed into jeans, then hung out in the lounge area until after 3 AM. It was so hard to say bye to my California buds who were heading out early Sunday morn. :( Hard to let go when you know it'll likely be another year before you have face time again. The pitfalls of having such close friends who live so far away. All my best friends are states away. :(

The night was a major success & lots of fun. If you've ever thought about attending a writing conference, RWA is definitely the way to go!

Wet Noodle Posse rocks!!!

Lois Templin, Debra Parmley, & Janice (Lois & Debra were awesome American Title 2 finalists!)

Janice, Mary Fechter, & Trish Milburn--Wet Noodle Posse forever!!!

Lindsey, Keith & Anna Sugden--more fabulous playmates. Well, Keith is an honorary one by marriage. ;)

Marlene Urso, Stacey Kayne, & Carla Hughes--fabulous playmates!

Michelle Buonfiglio (Romance B(u)y the Book) & Janice

Leah Hultenschmidt (Dorchester editor) & Janice

Friday, August 04, 2006


Friday was just as busy. On Friday morning I attended a workshop given by Trish Milburn & Mary Fechter. The workshop was on surviving being unpublished. Of course, they had a snappier title that, unfortunately, isn't coming to me at the moment. They did an awesome job and compared writing to baseball. Starting out in t-ball, little league, minor league, & going pro. Each step of the way, you're gaining skills & experience that will see you through your published career. I've often thought of being unpublished as my educational period--like college. You put your time in to gain the knowledge needed to make you successful in your chosen career. Goodness knows I put enough educational time in for my Masters in Nursing (& my patients are thankful I did. ;) , why should writing be different? I think their point was more to take advantage of opportunity and prepublished time is an opportunity to learn.I also went to a Bantam Dell spotlight & an Avon one. The one thing that struck me as different from past spotlights is that the market trends seem to be shifting back toward historicals--westerns in particular. Several mentioned recent western purchases.

At lunch, I went with the Wet Noodle Posse to the mall's food court. Ah, finally time to sit down & chat with noodlers. We were all spread out (mostly in Atlanta Bread Company), so chatting with everyone was difficult, but I got some chat time in with Sandy Blair, Priscilla Kissinger, Mary Fechter, Karen Potter, Esri Albritten, & Trish Milburn. After lunch...I went to some publishing spotlights, including Dorchesters. Was super cool to see my pal Gemma Halliday's SPYING IN HIGH HEELS cover up on the screen. I adore this book & read it while she was writing it--let me tell you, ya need to read this book. It's fun! During the spotlight I got to see Brooke Bourneman--what a sweetie & Brianna Yamashita, who both work for Dorchester. Brooke & Brianna have both been wonderfully helpful & supportive--as have the others from Dorchester that I've met. Dorchester has some fabulous people who work there.

Rushed to my room, chatted with Kath & Beth a few minutes then rushed off to the Dorchester party. My pal Lindsey Brookes chased me down to take a picture of me in my dressy dress. My inner being came out though & the photo literally looks like a heat sensor photo in a long black dress. I'm not even gonna try to figure that one out.

At the Dorchester Party, I got to visit with this year's American Title winner Gerri Russell, Gemma Halliday, & made a new pal in Jana DeLeon (I can't wait to read RUMBLE ON THE BAYOU, becasue this lady is FUNNY! & if her writing is anything like her, she's going to be a mega star!). We shared a lot of laughter.
Michelle Buonfiglio attented the party & looked quite spiffy, but then she did every time I saw her. Next year I'm going to let Michelle do my conference clothes shopping. ;) My editor, Leah Hultenschmidt, recently got engaged & the Dorchester author went together and got her some awesome gifts & a gift card. Leah was surprised--what fun!

After the party, I was heading back into the hotel with Gerri & we ran into some friends who are also with The Knight Agency. Next thing I know, my agent grabs my arm & says to come on, that we're going to the Harlequin party over at the Ritz Carlton. Who am I to argue, right? ;) I had an absolute blast hanging with TKA & clients. We danced and laughed and had a great time. After about an hour, I ran into Kath, Tawny Weber, & Stacey Lynn & then danced with them.
We shut the party down at 1 AM, then piled in a taxi (literally) to go back to our hotel. OMG. The party rocked. Kath & I snuck back into our hotel room, trying not to wake Beth, but then we got the giggles and lay in bed talking half the night. Made me think back to Jr. High days & chatting the night away.

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

More RWA Conference Pics & News

Thursday was a crazy busy day at conference. Lots of workshops, lots of friendly faces. My friend Stacey Lynn sold to Harlequin Historicals on the Monday prior to conference so the Writers Playground (a group of 20 fabulous & oh so talented women) got her a Build-A-Bear named Mustang. Each time a playmate sells we have a bear made to go along with the story. Stacey's book is Mustang Wild. She's awesome so be sure to look for her book next spring!

At 3ish I met with the Wet Noodle Posse. We went to a place called Dailey's. I had just enough time to hang around for photos and then I hightailed it back to the hotel for the From the Heart get together. I serve as secretary for that chapter and didn't want to be late. Of course I was a wee bit, but only a couple of minutes.

After the From the Heart party, there were lots more. I went to the Golden Network party where I discovered my pal Terry McLaughlin (Harlequin Superromance) is quite the actress & watched as several of my pals got booted.

Some of the Wet Noodle Posse

At the National Readers Choice Awards my pals Kelley St. John & Diane Perkins both won their categories!! Here's a picture of Diane, her award, & her editor.