Conference So Far

We drove up, got to town around 1. I wasn't hungry, but knew it would be awhile before I ate. Did the dh offer to get me something BESIDES McD's? NO. I didn't eat till 6 and wasn't happy.

It didn't help that our last minute hotel was a crack hotel. GROSS. We had to change rooms because of no AC, you heard traffic ALL NIGHT and the place didn't feel safe. NEVER again. Name brands from now on.

Went to conference, sat in on the AGM, mostly because I was waiting for Trish. Found our chapter prez and Michele. LONG AGM, rehashing all the PAN stuff. My question is this: why would you NOT want to get paid for your writing? It's HARD to write, you should make money.

Trish had other board stuff to do, so I hung with Marjorie and Sydney till the welcome reception, which had REAL food! Bles them! Then the Golden Network reception, which was fun, and the Moonlight Madness. I bought 2 t-shirts, of course. The dh came to get me, we returned to the crack hotel, then he got up early to bring me back Friday for breakfast with Chris. We met,n had fun, went to Robin Perini's workshop (VERY good), then I went to stalk Susan Litman (didn't find her) and went to my appointments.

Michele Bidelspach was very nice and friendly, but didn't think Surface would fit Warner. If I'd known that, I would have pitched Ghost Hunters. Corie Deyoe had read my partial and wants the full. So, 50%.

Trish and I met for lunch, then went to the Romance Novel TV interviews. I felt like a deer in the headlights the entire time. Then there was the Golden Heart reception, which was nice. I went back to Trish's room to drop off some books - a pain when you're not in the same hotel, let me tell you - and we talked, then I called Sydney, Michele and Sarah for dinner, thougth I wasn't hungry. We ate (okay, I didn't eat, I was full) at the same restaurant we'd had lunch, then hung at the bar. Very nice bonding.

The food has been good, the service has been good, the hotel layout is good - very accommodating.

The dh and ds moved to our original hotel, and I slept GOOD!

Okay, I'm off to get dressed and head back - maybe I'll go to some workshops today!


Anonymous said...

Sounds like you're having fun. HUGS on Surface, but YAY on the full request. Good luck tonight. Fingers crossed!!!

Anonymous said...

Yay, Mar, on the request! I heard the PAN news, it's been all over the net. While I'm glad I won't be thrown out of PAN (present members were grandfathered in), there are some decisions that need further clarification. We will see what comes in the next several months. I did decide to rejoin EPIC. Need to support that network, too. I stay in RWA National because of my SARA and FFP memberships.


Toni Anderson said...

Some of the news rules weren't very clear. Seems like they hadn't thought everything through before they posted it. Personally I think they did a good thing announcing it when they did, because it got a lot of instant discussion.

And who said people didn't want to get paid for writing?

Elizabeth Kerri Mahon said...

Congratulations on the full request. Keeping my fingers crossed. Oh, and I tagged you!

MJFredrick said...

Thanks, Mary Beth and Elizabeth!

Joanna and Toni, I think the wording might be confusing, but the thought was there, the research was there. The basis for getting in SFWA and HWA is a $2000 advance.

The impression I got from the AGM was that people thought $1000 was pie-in-the-sky. I know people who've e-pubbed and not earned enough from a book to buy a dinner. That's what I meant when I asked why some writers don't want to make money.


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