Wednesday, February 23, 2005

Fun Stuff For 2005

After selling my former residence, I managed to keep out enough money (after paying tons of old bills) to do some traveling. My son and I are heading off to Florida in a couple of weeks to visit my parents, then in April I'll be experiencing the RT conference for the first time. So many vampires, so little time. I'm assuming they don't usually have a vampire theme, so I think it's great that I can go this year. Then in June, I'm attending Writers Weekend. Not only do the workshops and presentations sound yummy, but Jim Butcher will be there. I really enjoy his books and look forward to meeting him. The main appeal of Writers Weekend is the small enrollment and opportunities for networking and connection. Then at the end of September/beginning of October I'll be taking a baby step toward a long-term dream: visiting England. I've signed up for a short (7 day) tour of London. I'll go a day before to wander around by myself, then will stay a couple of days afterwards so I can take a train to Bath and to Glastonbury. I'm sure the appeal for me is because of my British ancestry, but I've always wanted to go, and now I'm going! I'd better get my lard butt in better shape before that, though, because the tour involves lots of walking (which is why I chose it). Castles, King Arthur, Stonehenge and men with British accents. Yum. And even though it doesn't involve any travel because the site of Graystone Castle is only about 20 minutes away from me, my local romance writers chapter, Colorado Romance Writers, is holding our conference in May and that should be loads of fun. So, all in all, this year seems to be shaping up nicely. I briefly considered going to RWA national in July, but there doesn't seem to be much on the agenda for paranormal, much less paranormal chick lit! And besides, I can buy the CDs after the conference!


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