The end is near and as I approach the lobby today there is a more somber atmosphere. Luggage litters the area. Gone are the screams and screeches of hello, replaced by sweet, sad smiles of goodbye. Promises are made to keep in touch or see you soon at the BEA (Book Expo America) or RWA (Romance Writers of America).
But there still is this last day of workshops billed as Psychic Sunday. They tell how to "use ancient wisdom and philosophy, psychic abilities to go beyond positive thinking to achieve success in all aspects of your life." Now I love to read about all this stuff, but I don't think I, personally, have a psychic bone in my body. More power to those that do. I'm sure it's a mixed blessing. Then on to Intro to Reading Tarot Cards. Once again, fine for everyone else. I really don't want to know what's coming up for me, I like to be surprised. Although, they did offer readings throughout RT and the tables were always full. I hope everyone got to hear happy things.
The conference closes with a farewell party by New Concepts Publishing. A much smaller group left, but they made up for it with enthusiasm.
As I mail home my heavy box of books and smash all the great giveaways into my suitcase, I wanted to give honorable mention to some of my favorites. Handheld fan from Samantha Sommersby with the cover of her Turning up the Heat book (I plan to give it to my sister who's hot flashes are legendary), stunning hairclips from Lila Dubois (Forbidden), a decadant, Red Fire Chocolate bar that uses chili peppers (think Chocolat) from Christina Skye (Code Name: Bikini). She also gave me directions on the proper way to eat it…yummm. And the most original to Gemma Halliday (Killer in High Heels). Stapled to her card was a $1 off coupon for Depends. Obviously, you need to wear one while reading her book. (I'll let you know)
I do want to thank the Romantic Times staff for treating me so well and Pat Simmons in particular who checked up on me often.
Then to the authors, publishers and readers that I had the great pleasure to meet and laugh with…thank you all for the great memories and I hope I get to see you soon at RWA.
Bottom line: Mix avid readers with creative authors, toss about for 5 days and get memories to last a lifetime.