Jennifer Lyon

Monday, July 18th, 2016
Weekend Roundup

Note: I’m writing this blog totally exhausted after getting home from the RWA Conference :-)

I missed you all!! The conference was super low key for me, I got to very few workshops, but caught up with a lot of old friends and met a whole slew of awesome new friends. And oh the location! Guys, San Diego on the Marina is gorgeous! I’ve always loved San Diego but I’m even more in love with it after spending five days there. Just beautiful and there were plenty of restaurants, either on the marina or the Gaslamp district that was pretty much across the street. We really enjoyed it.

And let’s just say that Wizard told everyone in the known universe I’m an author. I found that hilarious. He doesn’t usually do that in our normal lives. But at the conference, he was totally into it. It made me laugh and I’ve teased him about it mercilessly. “But Witch, I wanted everyone there to know who you are.”

Um…I’m pretty much just one of a couple thousand authors there, LOLOL!! Not that special, except to Wizard :-)

I also want to mention our own Silver James, who received a big Service Award for years and years of volunteering for the Romance Writers of America. What that means is that she worked damn hard, giving time, energy and true friendship to countless writers over many years and is known for her passion and generosity throughout the romance community. It was awesome to see her selfless dedication recognized! I’m very proud of Silver and thankful for her service and friendship. I took some pictures of her on the jumbo screen when she was onstage but I was in the back of the huge room–trust me there were probably well over a 1,000 writers in that room. I purposely stayed in back to help protect my bruised toe which meant I couldn’t get a great shot of Silver James graciously accepting the award with her usual brand of humble humor.

Silver James on jumbo screen

Afterward we grabbed some coffee to catch up and I think a dozen people stopped Silver to tell her congrats or to thank her for her work that helps all of us as authors.

My toe survived! The bruising made a few people cringe (sorry!) but I did much better than I expected, and I’m happy. I’m taking off the gym today and we’ll see if I can get an athletic shoe on Wednesday. After endless eating, I need to get back to the gym.

But right now, I’m going to write, write and write! I came home motivated to get Savaged Dreams revised and back to my editor in two weeks. And she’s working on editing the novella, Savaged Surrender this week so I need to work faster, harder and smarter to get all caught up.

How was your weekend?

6 comments to “Weekend Roundup”

  1. B.E. Sanderson
    July 18th, 2016 at 6:43 am · Link

    Yay, you’re home! I missed you. And Silver. The interwebs are a lonely place without you guys. So glad you had tons of fun, though! And Silver totally deserves that award. I can attest to the fact that she’s awesome, and not just to the romance community. She’s amazing.

    Heh, good Wizard. He’s proud of you and wants everyone to know how awesome you are. Which is also totally deserved. Good luck with the gym and your toe. Broken toes are a pain in the butt. Have you tried exercising in the pool? It keeps the weight off the boo-boo appendage. My physical therapist had me doing all sorts of things down at the Y way back when. He was brutal.

    The weekend here was hot, but good. I got some words out and now this WIP is over 13K. Got stuck on the road into our neighborhood by two scissor-tailed flycatchers dive-bombing a squirrel. Every time the squirrel tried to get out of the road, the birds would chase him back into it. I sat there patiently waiting and laughing my butt off. Too funny. Other than that, same ol’ same ol’.

  2. Jenn
    July 18th, 2016 at 12:48 pm · Link

    B.E,, the squirrel story is funny! Just glad you saw him and was able to stop. Birds can be relentless. Way back when I was little, there was a blue jay that harrassed our Boxer dog all the time. That bird was fast too!

    I can swim, great idea, thanks! I’ll do that this afternoon. Just getting out in the pool will be great. As far as the toe, it’s not as bad as my broken little toe years ago. And at least it’s summer, so wearing sandals isn’t a big deal.

    Awesome on getting 13K words on your WIP! You’re my inspiration today :-)

  3. Viki S.
    July 18th, 2016 at 3:42 pm · Link

    Sounds like a wonderful time. Happy that your toe survived :). I love the bug/hair story. That could have been me so easily.

    I’ve never been to San Diego but hubs loves it and one of his brothers lives there 1/2 the year.

    Congratulations to Silver! How cool and you got to celebrate with coffee together too :)!

    I have my fingers crossed that your toe is comfortable in your workout shoe. Not being able to workout after being away from home for a few days can be frustrating.

    Wishing you well on writing. Thought you’d come back fresh and raring to go ;).

    Have a great day!

  4. Jenn
    July 19th, 2016 at 8:02 am · Link

    Viki, if you enjoy beaches, I hope you get a chance to go to San Diego some day.

    Silver really shined at the conference this yeas! It was nice to have coffee with her and catch up a bit.

    I really want to get back to the gym, but yesterday I swam for a whole. It’s not the same workout, but at least it’s getting up and moving for a while.

    Hope you had a good weekend too!

  5. Silver James
    July 19th, 2016 at 10:30 am · Link

    I didn’t get home until yesterday evening and I’m so behind on catching up with “life” beyond San Diego! Y’all, I saw Jen’s toe. I was one of those who cringed. And dang…from the back of a huge ballroom on a “mini jumbotron” I don’t look half bad! ;)

    It was soooo good to see you! And like you, I’m ready to get back to writing. Just as soon as I get through 280 emials and 310 blog posts/LOL cats. :lol:

  6. Jennifer Lyon (Apodaca)
    July 19th, 2016 at 8:54 pm · Link

    Silver it was great to see you too! And you were fantastic onstage! The picture is good, but I wish I’d been able to get a better shot. I expanded it on my old phone the best I could. I was just so proud of you (obviously since I started texting you two seconds after you left the stage, LOL!)

    Sorry about making you cringe :-) My toe probably looked worse that it is. I got off lucky, knocking that knife off the counter could have ended much worse.

    Hope you got through emails and blogs, and got some rest!

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