I actually am bummed at not going to RT. It’s my second year I’ve missed. Money is the primary issue – the conference is always thousands of miles from me, and it’s an expensive sucker to attend in the first place. But I have a ton of friends I only ever get to see at RT and the conference pretty much stopped being business about five years ago. It’s more of a week of parties and talking.
And you have to understand…parties, drinking and talking isn’t something I do a whole hell of a lot of, most of the time. In order to get books written and published, I do the day job, write, and get some necessary chores completed in between. And sleep.
I have a few non-writing friends — they understand my pecularities. Most of them are readers, who devour books and movies by the cartload, and get the obsession. But my real friends…ah, well, most of them I met, or met in the flesh, at RT or some other conference, and it is there that actually going to a party and drinking and talking starts to make sense.
So, I’m hanging out at The Romance Studio over the weekend, to take off some of the sting. TRS are giving away prizes (including one of my books), and there are dozens more authors (who also aren’t going to RT) who will be chatting as well.