News from RWA

P1010438 Jo here, feeling grumpy. I don't have a Charlie pic, so here's a wattly bird of some sort who maybe suits my mood. As Pat said, Typepad wasn't kind last night. The rest of this is what I wrote last night.

I don't know what Typepad is doing, but it took forever to sign on. My main grouch is against the Marriott Wardman Park hotel for not having wi-fi in the rooms! Bad enough that they make guests pay for it, but to require cable connect is very irritating. I travel with a Mac Air, which has limited ports and I didn't bring the various cables because in over a year, and in many countries, I've never needed them. I expect wi-fi, people. I don't see why it can't be free, too. Cheaper places often have free wi-fi, so why not the pricey places. It's ridiculous.

Then there's the fact that pressing the button for housekeeping gets an answering machine, and no one ever responds to left messages.

As I said, I'm grouchy.  So, apologies for the snarking.

But things are also good. We had a fun (but noisy) signing.
If anyone reading this was at the literary signing, how did it go? Share some of your experiences.
 
If anyone reading this is at the conference, have you learned anything wonderful yet? It doesn't get up to full steam until Friday.
 
I'll try to pop back in and share some goodies myself.
 
Then the Wenches decompressed with wine and cheese. Then me taking a pic.
 Wenches
Jocamera
Best in grouchdom… Oh, dear, now I know. I should have brought Charlie with me. He'd have kept everything sweet.

Sorry for the delay and messy layout, but I am happy this all worked today
 
Jo 🙂

40 thoughts on “News from RWA”

  1. Since I’m a reader, not an author, I’d never attended one of the RWA book signings before. My one hope was that I’d remain reasonably articulate in front of so many of my favorite authors while also trying to stay within a Twitter-equivalent word length so that I wouldn’t tie up the lines.
    I had a lovely time talking both to authors whose books have been among my favorites ever since I began reading romance 8 years ago and new-to-me authors whose books I decided to try. Good thing I brought a large, sturdy tote bag, as I left with a considerably heavier load of books and a considerably lighter wallet than I had when I arrived. My one regret is that in my excitement I resembled nothing so much as a young child on Christmas running helter-skelter from one gift to another that I missed other favorite authors entirely. Too much of a good thing definitely made me giddy, rather like champagne — which is, all in all, a very nice state to be in.

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  2. Since I’m a reader, not an author, I’d never attended one of the RWA book signings before. My one hope was that I’d remain reasonably articulate in front of so many of my favorite authors while also trying to stay within a Twitter-equivalent word length so that I wouldn’t tie up the lines.
    I had a lovely time talking both to authors whose books have been among my favorites ever since I began reading romance 8 years ago and new-to-me authors whose books I decided to try. Good thing I brought a large, sturdy tote bag, as I left with a considerably heavier load of books and a considerably lighter wallet than I had when I arrived. My one regret is that in my excitement I resembled nothing so much as a young child on Christmas running helter-skelter from one gift to another that I missed other favorite authors entirely. Too much of a good thing definitely made me giddy, rather like champagne — which is, all in all, a very nice state to be in.

    Reply
  3. Since I’m a reader, not an author, I’d never attended one of the RWA book signings before. My one hope was that I’d remain reasonably articulate in front of so many of my favorite authors while also trying to stay within a Twitter-equivalent word length so that I wouldn’t tie up the lines.
    I had a lovely time talking both to authors whose books have been among my favorites ever since I began reading romance 8 years ago and new-to-me authors whose books I decided to try. Good thing I brought a large, sturdy tote bag, as I left with a considerably heavier load of books and a considerably lighter wallet than I had when I arrived. My one regret is that in my excitement I resembled nothing so much as a young child on Christmas running helter-skelter from one gift to another that I missed other favorite authors entirely. Too much of a good thing definitely made me giddy, rather like champagne — which is, all in all, a very nice state to be in.

    Reply
  4. Since I’m a reader, not an author, I’d never attended one of the RWA book signings before. My one hope was that I’d remain reasonably articulate in front of so many of my favorite authors while also trying to stay within a Twitter-equivalent word length so that I wouldn’t tie up the lines.
    I had a lovely time talking both to authors whose books have been among my favorites ever since I began reading romance 8 years ago and new-to-me authors whose books I decided to try. Good thing I brought a large, sturdy tote bag, as I left with a considerably heavier load of books and a considerably lighter wallet than I had when I arrived. My one regret is that in my excitement I resembled nothing so much as a young child on Christmas running helter-skelter from one gift to another that I missed other favorite authors entirely. Too much of a good thing definitely made me giddy, rather like champagne — which is, all in all, a very nice state to be in.

    Reply
  5. Since I’m a reader, not an author, I’d never attended one of the RWA book signings before. My one hope was that I’d remain reasonably articulate in front of so many of my favorite authors while also trying to stay within a Twitter-equivalent word length so that I wouldn’t tie up the lines.
    I had a lovely time talking both to authors whose books have been among my favorites ever since I began reading romance 8 years ago and new-to-me authors whose books I decided to try. Good thing I brought a large, sturdy tote bag, as I left with a considerably heavier load of books and a considerably lighter wallet than I had when I arrived. My one regret is that in my excitement I resembled nothing so much as a young child on Christmas running helter-skelter from one gift to another that I missed other favorite authors entirely. Too much of a good thing definitely made me giddy, rather like champagne — which is, all in all, a very nice state to be in.

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  6. Ah, Jo, you managed to make your pics look much better than ours! Working with Typepad and the hotel is causing some grief. We couldn’t get all the pics in one post. So you’ve done the smart thing by not fighting the typepad-gravity!

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  7. Ah, Jo, you managed to make your pics look much better than ours! Working with Typepad and the hotel is causing some grief. We couldn’t get all the pics in one post. So you’ve done the smart thing by not fighting the typepad-gravity!

    Reply
  8. Ah, Jo, you managed to make your pics look much better than ours! Working with Typepad and the hotel is causing some grief. We couldn’t get all the pics in one post. So you’ve done the smart thing by not fighting the typepad-gravity!

    Reply
  9. Ah, Jo, you managed to make your pics look much better than ours! Working with Typepad and the hotel is causing some grief. We couldn’t get all the pics in one post. So you’ve done the smart thing by not fighting the typepad-gravity!

    Reply
  10. Ah, Jo, you managed to make your pics look much better than ours! Working with Typepad and the hotel is causing some grief. We couldn’t get all the pics in one post. So you’ve done the smart thing by not fighting the typepad-gravity!

    Reply
  11. Looks like an asian goose. I haven’t seen one with a wattle that large before. It is on the chunky side. I agree with you on Wi-Fi. If small libraries and coffee shops can offer it free, why not expensive hotels. I hadn’t needed it before, but now that I do, I’ve discovered It is the expensive places that charge for internet connection, either wi-fi or cable hookup. It really makes no sense. It isn’t costing our library that much to provide the service.
    Looks like you are having a great time. Enjoy.

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  12. Looks like an asian goose. I haven’t seen one with a wattle that large before. It is on the chunky side. I agree with you on Wi-Fi. If small libraries and coffee shops can offer it free, why not expensive hotels. I hadn’t needed it before, but now that I do, I’ve discovered It is the expensive places that charge for internet connection, either wi-fi or cable hookup. It really makes no sense. It isn’t costing our library that much to provide the service.
    Looks like you are having a great time. Enjoy.

    Reply
  13. Looks like an asian goose. I haven’t seen one with a wattle that large before. It is on the chunky side. I agree with you on Wi-Fi. If small libraries and coffee shops can offer it free, why not expensive hotels. I hadn’t needed it before, but now that I do, I’ve discovered It is the expensive places that charge for internet connection, either wi-fi or cable hookup. It really makes no sense. It isn’t costing our library that much to provide the service.
    Looks like you are having a great time. Enjoy.

    Reply
  14. Looks like an asian goose. I haven’t seen one with a wattle that large before. It is on the chunky side. I agree with you on Wi-Fi. If small libraries and coffee shops can offer it free, why not expensive hotels. I hadn’t needed it before, but now that I do, I’ve discovered It is the expensive places that charge for internet connection, either wi-fi or cable hookup. It really makes no sense. It isn’t costing our library that much to provide the service.
    Looks like you are having a great time. Enjoy.

    Reply
  15. Looks like an asian goose. I haven’t seen one with a wattle that large before. It is on the chunky side. I agree with you on Wi-Fi. If small libraries and coffee shops can offer it free, why not expensive hotels. I hadn’t needed it before, but now that I do, I’ve discovered It is the expensive places that charge for internet connection, either wi-fi or cable hookup. It really makes no sense. It isn’t costing our library that much to provide the service.
    Looks like you are having a great time. Enjoy.

    Reply
  16. Oh, I love geese. I’ve never seen an Asian goose. And there’s a mallard in the background. I love ducks, too.
    You’re right, lots of the expensive places make you pay for wi-fi. You have to pay at Boston’s Logan Airport for wi-fi, but it’s free in the Miami airport.

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  17. Oh, I love geese. I’ve never seen an Asian goose. And there’s a mallard in the background. I love ducks, too.
    You’re right, lots of the expensive places make you pay for wi-fi. You have to pay at Boston’s Logan Airport for wi-fi, but it’s free in the Miami airport.

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  18. Oh, I love geese. I’ve never seen an Asian goose. And there’s a mallard in the background. I love ducks, too.
    You’re right, lots of the expensive places make you pay for wi-fi. You have to pay at Boston’s Logan Airport for wi-fi, but it’s free in the Miami airport.

    Reply
  19. Oh, I love geese. I’ve never seen an Asian goose. And there’s a mallard in the background. I love ducks, too.
    You’re right, lots of the expensive places make you pay for wi-fi. You have to pay at Boston’s Logan Airport for wi-fi, but it’s free in the Miami airport.

    Reply
  20. Oh, I love geese. I’ve never seen an Asian goose. And there’s a mallard in the background. I love ducks, too.
    You’re right, lots of the expensive places make you pay for wi-fi. You have to pay at Boston’s Logan Airport for wi-fi, but it’s free in the Miami airport.

    Reply
  21. I can fully sympathize with your complaints. First of all, I got set up in a hotel that had ghosts, on the ghost hotel register, on the floor that is most active. It gave me the creeps. Then the room smelled and had the humidity of a marsh. Luckily, I got there early and was able to change to a room on the non-ghost, non-marsh floor. It was amazing how much better my frame of mind and body was…and we got a balcony out of the deal, too. I wonder what poor schnook got the marsh.

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  22. I can fully sympathize with your complaints. First of all, I got set up in a hotel that had ghosts, on the ghost hotel register, on the floor that is most active. It gave me the creeps. Then the room smelled and had the humidity of a marsh. Luckily, I got there early and was able to change to a room on the non-ghost, non-marsh floor. It was amazing how much better my frame of mind and body was…and we got a balcony out of the deal, too. I wonder what poor schnook got the marsh.

    Reply
  23. I can fully sympathize with your complaints. First of all, I got set up in a hotel that had ghosts, on the ghost hotel register, on the floor that is most active. It gave me the creeps. Then the room smelled and had the humidity of a marsh. Luckily, I got there early and was able to change to a room on the non-ghost, non-marsh floor. It was amazing how much better my frame of mind and body was…and we got a balcony out of the deal, too. I wonder what poor schnook got the marsh.

    Reply
  24. I can fully sympathize with your complaints. First of all, I got set up in a hotel that had ghosts, on the ghost hotel register, on the floor that is most active. It gave me the creeps. Then the room smelled and had the humidity of a marsh. Luckily, I got there early and was able to change to a room on the non-ghost, non-marsh floor. It was amazing how much better my frame of mind and body was…and we got a balcony out of the deal, too. I wonder what poor schnook got the marsh.

    Reply
  25. I can fully sympathize with your complaints. First of all, I got set up in a hotel that had ghosts, on the ghost hotel register, on the floor that is most active. It gave me the creeps. Then the room smelled and had the humidity of a marsh. Luckily, I got there early and was able to change to a room on the non-ghost, non-marsh floor. It was amazing how much better my frame of mind and body was…and we got a balcony out of the deal, too. I wonder what poor schnook got the marsh.

    Reply
  26. Just waving from the Toronto airport. I have more pics, but I can’t remember how to reduce their size on the Mac. Jenny Crusie showed me in DC, but now I can’t make the magic work.
    Helas!
    Jo

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  27. Just waving from the Toronto airport. I have more pics, but I can’t remember how to reduce their size on the Mac. Jenny Crusie showed me in DC, but now I can’t make the magic work.
    Helas!
    Jo

    Reply
  28. Just waving from the Toronto airport. I have more pics, but I can’t remember how to reduce their size on the Mac. Jenny Crusie showed me in DC, but now I can’t make the magic work.
    Helas!
    Jo

    Reply
  29. Just waving from the Toronto airport. I have more pics, but I can’t remember how to reduce their size on the Mac. Jenny Crusie showed me in DC, but now I can’t make the magic work.
    Helas!
    Jo

    Reply
  30. Just waving from the Toronto airport. I have more pics, but I can’t remember how to reduce their size on the Mac. Jenny Crusie showed me in DC, but now I can’t make the magic work.
    Helas!
    Jo

    Reply
  31. Funny! I was in a couple of hotels this past week (and on my budget, they aren’t expensive) I know one had wifi, the other I never checked since I left the laptop at home, but I thought all hotels supplied wifi now. How odd that yours wouldn’t.
    We suffered from a power knockout in the hotel this weekend. Imagine, no AC, or anything else. The question then is, now that the hotels use those card to open doors (instead of the traditional key) can you get into your room in a power outage? The answer is: not without the concierge

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  32. Funny! I was in a couple of hotels this past week (and on my budget, they aren’t expensive) I know one had wifi, the other I never checked since I left the laptop at home, but I thought all hotels supplied wifi now. How odd that yours wouldn’t.
    We suffered from a power knockout in the hotel this weekend. Imagine, no AC, or anything else. The question then is, now that the hotels use those card to open doors (instead of the traditional key) can you get into your room in a power outage? The answer is: not without the concierge

    Reply
  33. Funny! I was in a couple of hotels this past week (and on my budget, they aren’t expensive) I know one had wifi, the other I never checked since I left the laptop at home, but I thought all hotels supplied wifi now. How odd that yours wouldn’t.
    We suffered from a power knockout in the hotel this weekend. Imagine, no AC, or anything else. The question then is, now that the hotels use those card to open doors (instead of the traditional key) can you get into your room in a power outage? The answer is: not without the concierge

    Reply
  34. Funny! I was in a couple of hotels this past week (and on my budget, they aren’t expensive) I know one had wifi, the other I never checked since I left the laptop at home, but I thought all hotels supplied wifi now. How odd that yours wouldn’t.
    We suffered from a power knockout in the hotel this weekend. Imagine, no AC, or anything else. The question then is, now that the hotels use those card to open doors (instead of the traditional key) can you get into your room in a power outage? The answer is: not without the concierge

    Reply
  35. Funny! I was in a couple of hotels this past week (and on my budget, they aren’t expensive) I know one had wifi, the other I never checked since I left the laptop at home, but I thought all hotels supplied wifi now. How odd that yours wouldn’t.
    We suffered from a power knockout in the hotel this weekend. Imagine, no AC, or anything else. The question then is, now that the hotels use those card to open doors (instead of the traditional key) can you get into your room in a power outage? The answer is: not without the concierge

    Reply
  36. Jo, I had the same problem! My HP Mini Netbook doesn’t even have a port for wired internet since it has built in wifi! I had to use my roommate’s laptop to do my email, interent stuff. What a pain!
    Usually I’m just annoyed because when you go to a cheap hotel, they give you free internet, but when you go to an expensive one (like the one DC) they charge you extra. But this “need a cord” thing make me extra annoyed. LOL.
    And the signing seemed louder this year. I think it was the acoustics of the room. Yikes.

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  37. Jo, I had the same problem! My HP Mini Netbook doesn’t even have a port for wired internet since it has built in wifi! I had to use my roommate’s laptop to do my email, interent stuff. What a pain!
    Usually I’m just annoyed because when you go to a cheap hotel, they give you free internet, but when you go to an expensive one (like the one DC) they charge you extra. But this “need a cord” thing make me extra annoyed. LOL.
    And the signing seemed louder this year. I think it was the acoustics of the room. Yikes.

    Reply
  38. Jo, I had the same problem! My HP Mini Netbook doesn’t even have a port for wired internet since it has built in wifi! I had to use my roommate’s laptop to do my email, interent stuff. What a pain!
    Usually I’m just annoyed because when you go to a cheap hotel, they give you free internet, but when you go to an expensive one (like the one DC) they charge you extra. But this “need a cord” thing make me extra annoyed. LOL.
    And the signing seemed louder this year. I think it was the acoustics of the room. Yikes.

    Reply
  39. Jo, I had the same problem! My HP Mini Netbook doesn’t even have a port for wired internet since it has built in wifi! I had to use my roommate’s laptop to do my email, interent stuff. What a pain!
    Usually I’m just annoyed because when you go to a cheap hotel, they give you free internet, but when you go to an expensive one (like the one DC) they charge you extra. But this “need a cord” thing make me extra annoyed. LOL.
    And the signing seemed louder this year. I think it was the acoustics of the room. Yikes.

    Reply
  40. Jo, I had the same problem! My HP Mini Netbook doesn’t even have a port for wired internet since it has built in wifi! I had to use my roommate’s laptop to do my email, interent stuff. What a pain!
    Usually I’m just annoyed because when you go to a cheap hotel, they give you free internet, but when you go to an expensive one (like the one DC) they charge you extra. But this “need a cord” thing make me extra annoyed. LOL.
    And the signing seemed louder this year. I think it was the acoustics of the room. Yikes.

    Reply

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