Just back a week ago from the Popular Culture Association Conference in New Orleans, where I gave a talk, hung with scholars of the romance genre, and ate more wonderful food in a short time than I would have thought possible (or certainly advisable). You can find out more from my recent post at History … Continue reading On the Road (and on my desktop): How to Get Things Done
Well, if you’re really lucky (as I was) you wake up having forgotten it’s the day they phone the nominees for the RITA awards, which (if you don’t know) are Romance Writers’ of America’s Oscars, chosen every year by fellow romance writers, statues awarded at a bigtime dress-up ceremony at our national conference in July. … Continue reading What Do You Do the Day You Get a RITA Nomination?
I’m not quite sure how I’ve managed to let so much time fly by since my last post. But part of what was occupying me and Michael was the Modern Language Association Convention, which is always held between Christmas and New Years Day, and which was held in San Francisco this year. For those of … Continue reading Of Grace, Lord Byron, and Vampires: A New Year in the Lives of the English Majors
I was reading David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest evenings in my hotel room while attending my first Romance Writers of America National Conference in Chicago, 1999. Because — well, because no matter how unlikely a reading choice it was for someone spending every day in workshops devoted to romance writing and the romance business — … Continue reading David Foster Wallace (February 21, 1962 – September 12, 2008): Something Sad. Something Real American
I loved Leanne Shawler’s workshop about how to take your first baby steps toward overcoming shyness, called “How to Become a Trained Extrovert.” But I was surprised that her good advice came from personal experience, because I would have never pegged this smart, smiling, calm woman as shy. “Well,” my wise friend Janet Mullany said, … Continue reading RWA: More Advice for Shy Writers