Texas Survived Me

Rich in history, San Antonio is such a beautiful city.
Remember the Alamo!
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RWA did good when they choose to hold the 2014 annual conference there. It took me a week to get my feet back under me after the whirlwind days of rushing from one fantastic workshop to another, then meeting friends and fellow writers for dinner in the evenings. Sometimes loonnggg into the evenings. 😉

The conference kicked off with a bang with hundreds of authors signing books. Check out the huge ballroom…packed.
DSCN1374_1183I didn’t make it around to see all of the authors I wanted, but here are a couple of friends at their first signing…Jolene Navarro DSCN1376_1185and Bethany Claire DSCN1379_1188

I helped both of them plot one of their books and I was so happy to see them here.

Thursday was the luncheon and Keynote Speaker Sylvia Day, who encouraged us to move forward with our writing. Friday morning we heard from Cindy Ratzlaff, who gave us a lot of helpful hints on how to master the internet, then later signed copies of her book, Queen of Your Own Life, along with co-author Kathy Kinney.
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They look great in the picture, but I had my eyes closed, darn it. You might remember Kathy from The Drew Carey Show. (Hint: Mimi) Very nice lady.

Saturday mornings’ speaker was Karen Rose and I had to dab at my eyes a few times during her talk. Love it when I have to do that. 🙂

You’d think Jolene and I had planned to color coordinate on Friday, but it was purely accidental. DSCN1387_1196We do look good, though, don’t we? Loved rooming with her!!

The finale of the conference was the RITA and Golden Heart Awards ceremony. I was so rushed I’m not sure I even had my camera with me. Scooted in at the last minute with friend Dale McCann and we sat in the back. As I said, we were late and we didn’t even get a picture of us together. Not happy about that, either. I applaud the winners as well as all the finalists. It takes a lot of perseverance to get to that point.

That’s it for this year.

So long Riverwalks. DSCN1396_1205
So long unique architecture. DSCN1393_1202
So long Texas.

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About Linda Trout

I'm a retired accountant who loves a little space around me. What better way to think of new story ideas than under a tall tree, birds chirping, gofers digging, dogs barking, and cats demanding to be in your lap? When I'm totally bored, I climb on my Harley and go for a ride. That'll blow the cobwebs out of your brain.
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7 Responses to Texas Survived Me

  1. Ashlynn says:

    Looks like you had a great time and had lots of fun. It’s so awesome being around other writers. And you look great in the pics btw. 🙂

    • Linda Trout says:

      Thanks, Ashlynn! I did have a good time and got SO MUCH out of the workshops. Now to try to apply what I learned. 😀

  2. It was a good conference, wasn’t it? So many good speakers!

    • Linda Trout says:

      It was a terrific conference! Sorry we didn’t see more of each other, though. Guess that’s what happens when you don’t room together. Of course, I felt as if I was running from one workshop to another with little time to even breath. Guess that’s one of the things that made the conference so good, huh. 😉

  3. jolenenavarro says:

    You were the best roommate ever! Kind-of-cool I was signing the book you helped me plot!

    • Linda Trout says:

      I loved it that you signed the book I helped you plot. Super glad I got to read the final product. And yeah, we did have a lot of fun as roommates, didn’t we? 😉

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