Day One-RWA National Conference

by Anna on July 22, 2014

San Antonio, Texas

Two things: First, I have been very lax in blogging for the past year.  I am not sure why, just haven’t posted much.  Second, though I have been to six RWA conferences, I have never really blogged about them, and certainly not while attending them. I plan to rectify both of these lapses this week.

I arrived in San Antonio today, two days before the conference officially starts. Usually, there is a leadership training for board members of RWA chapters on Wednesday, and as the 1st vice-president of Hearts Through History RWA, I would be eligible to attend, so when I made my hotel reservations back in January, I included Tuesday night so I could make the leadership training. However, this year, RWA National decided not to hold the training.  Well, yes, I could have changed my reservation, but arriving a day (and 100’s of us attendees did) seemed like a really fun idea.  So, here I am.

I arrived at about 3:00 p.m. and was able to check into my room right away.  The first person I ran into that I know, I didn’t recognize. But bless her heart, Rebecca Lynn, my roommate! at Orlando, Florida’s conference recognized me (yes, I’m bad with faces and names).

RoomRoom view

After getting my luggage delivered to my room, I went back downstairs and checked into the conference and got my name badge and goodie bag full of books, a travel cup, pens, and a jump drive.  Ran into Anne-Marie Novark, her sister Lynda Chase, and Ashlyn  Mcnamara. (Note: Anne Marie lives about 5 miles from me and we have lunch often).

goodie bag

I returned to my room, dropped off the goodie bag and then went back down to the lobby and bumped into Northwest Houston members Christi Craig, President Susan Muller and Shauna Allen.

River Walk 2River Walk 1

I then took a walk along the River Walk. San Antonio has done a really nice job with this attraction.  I stopped at a Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory and picked up some Peanut Butter Bark Avalanche and some fudge.  Yeah, the Bark Avalanche is really good!  Then went to CVS, because one of the things I forgot to pack was shampoo and conditioner.  (Also realized I left my business cards at home and my crate on wheels…an amazing thing to have when getting all those free books at the book signings!).

Avalanche Bark

Returned to the hotel, hot and thirsty, so went to the Starbucks inside the hotel lobby and got the cold vanilla thingy without coffee.  Yes, that’s how I order it.  Saw Joanne Baker and Kay Hudson while waiting for the vanilla thingy to be made.  I then found an empty seat in the crowded lobby (there is a fertilizer conference going on as well, but I think the RWA members already outnumber them and more of us are to arrive Wednesday!)  I sat down next to someone I didn’t know who had her conference goodie bag and said hi.  When she pulled out the badge holder and asked what it was, I figured she was a newbie.  I was right.

I introduced myself and met Sharon T. from Maryland.  We talked for a while until Anne Marie texted me about going out for dinner.  I invited Sharon to join us and the four of us (Lynda came along too), went down to the river walk and found The Original Mexican Restaurant. We were entertained by a mariachi band and enjoyed great food and conversation.

Mariachi 2Mariachi 1

We returned to the hotel about 8:00 and all headed to our own rooms. So, here I am, writing a blog about my first day at the 2014 RWA National Conference in San Antonio.  Stay tuned…more to come!

Anna Kathryn Lanier
Romance Author, A GIFT BEYOND ALL MEASURE

Never let your memories be greater than your dreams. ~Doug Ivester 

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