Monday, October 26, 2009

Mojo Monday

What’s Jack up to? Jack had a very happy 3rd birthday yesterday. Filled with fun and new toys. I even let up on his special diet and got him a birthday cupcake which though his was happy to eat, didn’t stay down. Oh, well at least he enjoyed himself.
Jack, says thanks for all the well wishes yesterday!

I’m back from the NJ romance writer’s conference and happy to report that I had just THE BEST time. It’s such a well run conference full of friendly people with top speakers and presenters. The only downside? The 4 and 5 am fire alarm. That stunk. Here is some of the NY crew at dinner lunch. Notice the wine on the table. The hotel thought it would make up for lack of sleep. It did not. That cute little sweetie there did not partake.
But as you can see I think the rest did.

(Carolyn, Isobo (holding other the cutie Jack) Leanna, Stacy)

Upside. Rooming with my PIC Megan and Liz M. too for a hot minute. Sorry I don't have a picture of Liz. Hi Liz! Here are Megan and I in the hotel's faux Soho lounge. It's pretty. The only pic I have of Liz was taken during the fire alarm. I think it's nice. I'm afraid she may not.

Some of the great workshops I attended were:
One on digital publishing with super smart Icantalkdigitalinmysleep and, yes, I think she can, Angela James.
Darn, how did I let her leave without telling me what format was best for my Sony.

A dialogue workshop with Bestselling author Karen Rose. Here is Karen with friends and fans Louise and Danielle.

Also a super workshop on Collages with Jennifer Crusie that blew my artist mind. I already do story boarding but this will have me taking it to the next level. I knew Jennifer was Ms. New York Times Best Seller but now that I know she was an art teacher and is quite an artist I think I’m more in love. Notice it says behind her "creativity is play" something to keep in mind.
Finally I spent many an hour hanging around Bestseller (I was doing that a lot trying to get some mojo to rub off) Madeline Hunter. She had 2 workshops

1. Surviving Almost There (a place where I seem to have been hanging out for quite a long time)

2. Alaso a double session on conflict that rocked my world. I learned so much. She really got the gears working.
Now I just about thought I’d swoon when I went to the book signing later and gave Madeline my card and she said that she had been to ye little old blog before. Oh happy, swoony day! Thanks for that moment Ms. Hunter.

And now for your viewing pleasure a few more pics from the signing:

Golden Leaf Winner YAY!!! Anna DePalo. Congrats Anna.

Leanna Renee Hieber

Isabo Kelly

Janet Mullany. Lucky me getting her last copy of: A Most Lamentable Comedy.

So as you can see I've had quite a weekend. Now time to put all that inspiration and fun into practice. Gotta hit the writing cave. Will be popping out for brief sips of air.




Debra said...

When I spend time around other illustrators I become so inspired and can't wait to lay paint to paper. Do you feel like that after this great weekend? It always gives me a much needed jolt!

pve design said...

I must say how happy you look. I cannot say that I would be happy about the 4 am adventures, but knowing me, I would be up reading so perhaps it would be just like a "bookmark, or an intermission."
Glad Jack had a fun day too!
Good luck with all that writing inspiration!

Kristen Painter said...

Looks like an awesome conference! I'm definitely going to go to it one day.

Purple Flowers said...

Happy Belated Birthday to Jack! Also, I am happy for you that you were able to attend the conference. I think being around "like minds" sets off an air of excitement and anticipation to return home and in your case, put pen to paper! :0)

Joyce said...

Looks like a busy, fun and celebrated weekend. I'm glad Jack was able to party in style. Jack sorry about the cupcake. Have a golden day! xoxo

Mel Francis said...

I LOVE NJRW! Looks like you had a fab time. Wish I could've been there!

Elizabeth Kerri Mahon said...

You must write an article for Keynotes on Jennifer Crusie's workshop so that those of us unable to attend can live vicariously through you. And Happy Birthday to Jack as well. I knew he was a Scorpio dog!

Maureen McGowan said...

Oh, I am so bummed that I didn't go this year. Looks like you guys had a fabulous time.

Amanda McCabe said...

Awww, happy birthday, Jack! And I wish I could have been at the conference, I need a writing friends fix. Maybe next year :)

Katiebabs a.k.a KB said...

Saturday was so much fun! Great pictures :D

Lisbeth Eng said...

It was fun attending NJRW and hanging out with the NYC crowd. Kwana, where were you when we sang "New York, New York" at the after-party on Saturday night??
Congrats to our own Anna DePalo on her Golden Leaf win!



Kwana... you rock...
thank you for the pictures. I am so glad you all had a wonderful time.


T. Anne said...

What a blast! I'm so jealous. Loved the pic of you sitting on that fancy chair that looked like it was made of ice...nice!

Mageela Troche said...

Kwana, looks like you had a great time. I plan to be there next year. Hopefully, we will no longer be suck in the "Almost There" state.

Kwana said...

Thanks for the comments everyone. It was a fun time!

Mary-Laure said...

OOOOOOOH JACK and his cupcake! Too cute!

Laura @ the shorehouse. said...

Sounds/looks like you had a great time, alarms aside! Must be great to collaborate and hang with so many like-minded people and writers.

By the way, you look totally cute in that picture with Megan. :-)

Hope Tarr said...

Sounds like you all had a great time bloopers aside. I agree with Elizabeth, an article for KEYNOTES would be perfect. (Notice how I love suggesting work for others). ;)

Last but not least, HAPPY BIRTHDAY, JACK!

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