It's official. Barring disaster, I will be attending the annual Romantic Times Booklover's Convention in Columbus, Ohio this spring. It was a debate, but an author on one of the Yahoo loops I'm on wanted a roomie, so I'm going.
I think my experience at the INRWA retreat helped me decide. I'm not an outgoing person among strangers, and this was a difficult decision. I'm sure my roommate, Caroline Fyffe, is a lovely person--and she is, I've seen pictures!--but I've never met her before. However, sharing a room with another writer at the retreat--whom I'd also never met--was no trouble at all, so I'm feeling better about it. You have to wonder if all of your little quirks will drive someone else up the wall, or whether they might do the same to you, and since we'll be sharing a room for six nights, we may either end up being the best of friends or hating each other!
Of course, the fact that the RT event is at the Hyatt Regency probably won't hurt any. I'm already looking forward to the Nashville RWA conference next year. I've been to Nashville a few times (and I'll be going again in February) so I'm comfortable enough with the town itself, but staying at the Opryland Hotel should be interesting. Maybe not as interesting as the West Baden Springs Hotel in French Lick, but from what I hear, it's quite a place!
One nice thing about the RT convention is that there are men there--hunky guys competing for Mr. Romance, Ellora's Cavemen and such--which makes it very different from the RWA Nationals. If you will recall, I took no hunk photos in DC. But in Columbus, who knows? I might even get a picture of Fabio!
The other nice thing about the RT convention is that it's not just for writers, but for readers, as well. It would be just too cool if some of you ladies could be there. We'd have a blast!
But whether any of you will be in attendance or not, rest assured, I will be blogging from the hotel, so if there are any good hunks, you will see them here!