Tuesday, July 16, 2013
My first day at #RWA13
I met the bravest, most amazing people there including the Captain in the photograph above who is a second generation firefighter. He's holding a picture of his MOTHER and her female colleagues, the first African American women who were firefighters in Atlanta. These people are honest to goodness heroes who do things on a daily basis that I cannot even fathom.
After the tour I checked in and got my snazzy teal badge holder ( just like these made by eID Badges) complete with my "First Timer" ribbon.
I went to my first Kiss of Death Annual General Meeting/Dinner and heard a wonderful talk by Jenna Bennett who spoke of having a character that would not be silenced, forcing her to write a novel completely out of her genre and her comfort zone. I can totally relate to this. I've written science fiction, mystery, paranormal, and LGBT.
Afterwards I went to the bar to meetup with some M/M writing peeps and met the Rainbow Romance Writers President Damon Suede (who was super nice and gave me a nifty pin with rainbows on it). I met a delightful editor of Harmony Ink, Nessa Warin and after leaving the bar, decompressed while hanging out with a couple of other M/M writers, Kerry Freeman and Andrea Dalling.
And now it's after midnight, but I can't go to sleep! My day was too too exciting!!! I can't imagine what tomorrow will bring.
Aidee Ladnier, an award-winning author of speculative fiction, began writing at twelve years old but took a hiatus to be a magician’s assistant, ride in hot air balloons, produce independent movies, collect interesting shoes, fold origami, send ping pong balls into space, and amass a secret file with the CIA. A lover of genre fiction, it has been a lifelong dream of Aidee's to write both romance and erotica with a little science fiction, fantasy, mystery, or the paranormal thrown in to add a zing.