2. It’s actually refreshing to get out of sweats and jeans for a change, and wear more formal clothing. Plus, dressing up gave me a huge advantage in life: Now that I’ve been reintroduced to the concept of skirts and nail polish, when I retake the FaceBook quiz designed to peg my level of femininity, I’ll rate somewhat higher than “all man”.
3. Certain hotels — which shall remain unnamed *cough* Marriott *cough* — serve the following as a vegan main course: a pile of steamed, unseasoned asparagus. (Plus a portion of steamed, unseasoned squash; and a helping of steamed, unseasoned carrots; accompanied by a side of steamed, unseasoned green beans and cauliflower.) Yet a dairy-based salad dressing, or egg-based dessert? All part of the animal-product-free meal plan, baby!
4. The actual content of the workshops at RWA need have no resemblance to their titles.
5. The best workshops (for me) are often given by the people I consider the best writers.
6. Optimism, about another’s capacity to learn to write well, is often most held — and certainly conveyed — by the best of writers.
7. I want to qualify as someone’s best writer someday. Preferably by August 2009.
8. My ambition is shared by many people. At least two thousand of them paid significant conference fees, schmoozed despite their introvert status, and, most impressive of all, wore heels.
9. People will go to inordinate lengths to obtain their favorite author’s autograph. That includes standing in subway-type crowds in airless rooms for an hour or more.
10. I have a new vision of the empowered goddess I want to be when I grow up, and she happens to inhabit Anne Stuart‘s body. (Oh, to be secure enough to wear devil’s horns during a serious talk on writing the dark romance, or parade across a stage in front of thousands of people in a purple boa and wacky glasses.)
11. Complimentary books act like catnip for certain people. They will:
a). Pay for transportation, accommodation and conference fees (cost est. at $1700 and higher)
b). Miss said conference to obtain their “free” books
c). Pay FedEx rates to have their books couriered.
How about you? If you were lucky enough to attend a writing conference in the past, did you acquire any unexpected wisdom? Insights into human nature?