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A long overdue update

Gee. You neglect LJ for a while and you come back and they've reformatted the thing. And I never saw a change on my friends' LJ pages.

Never mind. It occurred to me I was long overdue to touch base here, so here I am.

I went to the RT Book Reviews convention in New Orleans the weekend before Memorial Day, because they'd invited me to receive not one, but two awards, one for career achievement, and one naming me as a Young Adult Pioneer. This brings me up to 5 awards, which is pretty cool beans!

It also meant spending several days with a number of very cool people. Hang on a sec while I put wax in my ears, because I know the squeeage is about to hit the high decibels. I already knew Sarah Zettel from her adult SF days--now she's the writer of DUST GIRL and the other two books of the American Fairy trilogy, and she's begun the series that starts with PALACE OF SPIES. I was glad to see her again, and delighted to know the third American Fairy book is on its way and to get a chance to read the second PALACE book! Then I got to meet, let's see, Tess Gerritson, Lee Child (both adult thriller writers), Kelley Armstrong, Sarah J. Maas, Melissa Marr, Leigh Bardugo, Mary Robinette Kowal (who gifted all of us with lovely sandalwood fans!), Kristen Callihan, Mur Lafferty (of THE SHAMBLING GUIDE TO LONDON fame), PJ Schnyder, Rachel Caine, David McGinnis Gill, CL Lyons, Stephanie Perkins, Rae Dawn Carson, Morgan Rhodes, Carrie Ryan, Kiera Cass, Colleen Houck, Veronica Rossi (UNDER THE NEVER SKY and sequels), and Melissa Marr. Just a wonderful, witty, funny, exciting group of people, including Michelle Krys, Sarah Rees Brennan, Tessa Gratton, and my beloved Random House editor Mallory at dinner the night I arrived, at a restaurant called Sobu. I also got to meet a lovely group of intelligent, cool young female editors from Tor Books.

I had a wonderful time. The RT Book Reviews people were wonderful and made sure I didn't get very lost; the nice people at Harlequin presented the award winners, including me, with huge bouquets, and we were given tons of free books, three of which I've read already! (I'm a sucker for historical romance!) And from my hotel window I could see the Mississippi curve past the French Quarter and listen to the horns of the ships. It being New Orleans, even the hotel food was good.

Everyone was dressed up to the max, particularly the Southern ladies. Everyone was welcoming, and the weather was just right. You should try it next year!


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May. 29th, 2014 08:20 pm (UTC)
Sounds wonderful! Congratulations!
May. 30th, 2014 03:05 am (UTC)
When reading my friend's page, I learned how to go back to the old LJ format. This is what someone posted and it worked for me:

May. 17th, 2014 07:53 am (local)
Check this: http://fengi.livejournal.com/1504674.html

It will tell you where to click to change back. Apparently, the button is not shown for everyone, but if you click it, it still works. Good luck!
May. 30th, 2014 12:37 pm (UTC)
Holy fucking shit. I co-admin a popular romance writers' community (Romance Divas), and we have a LOT of folks go to RT... but I hadn't heard that a lot of folks from the SFF set had started going! I love my Divas and I love the SFF folks and HOLY GODS WOULD IT BE AWESOME TO MEET BOTH AT ONE PLACE.

... are you likely to be there next year? I may need to start planning. >_>

(also since I did not see a comment back from you, I wanted to check, you did see my comment over on ginmar's journal about the evil ex not being the fellow you know? Because omg the poor dear heard that and was O.O and is terrified Tammy thinks they're the one who raped me.)

Edited at 2014-05-30 12:38 pm (UTC)
May. 30th, 2014 09:33 pm (UTC)
Wow. And congrats on awards well deserved! Now you just have to make a trip to Oneonta :-)
Jun. 10th, 2014 12:08 am (UTC)
Congratulations on the awards! That sounds like an amazingly good time.
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