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Archive for September 24th, 2009

When life hands you raspberries…
Thursday, September 24th, 2009

I’m here in Huntington, West Virginia, a day ahead of the official start of the conference. The flight was uneventful and a helluva lot shorter than the one to Seattle earlier this month.

I almost didn’t make the trip. Restless me decided yesterday would be my “girlie” day. There was my first mistake. I don’t do girlie very well. Still, I suffered through a pedicure where I nearly kicked the “nail technician” into impotency (I’m very ticklish). I was so thrilled with my pretty toes (he painted flowers on both big hammers), that when I got home, I decided to give myself a facial.

I’m still wondering what the hell got into me. I found an ancient tube of a natural masque, applied it to my face then settled down to watch TV while it dried. I didn’t last a minute. My skin burned and itched and I ran to the bathroom to wash it off—but the damage was already done. At midnight last night, my face looked like a dimpled purplish raspberry.

When I got up to start getting ready, most of the welts had deflated. I still have bumps that look like a normal-ish skin rash and my face burns, but dammit, I’m gonna have a good time.

When I deplaned in Huntington, I met paranormal mystery author, Shirley Damsgard in the airport. We shared the shuttle ride to the hotel, then decided to go to lunch together. She’s lovely, funny and smart. I hope we keep in touch.

Since I have Internet access, I’ll try to let you guys know what’s happening here at Lora Leigh’s RAW!

Later! Need to head back down and see if I recognize anyone.

On My Way to West Virigina!
Thursday, September 24th, 2009

I’ll post yesterday’s winner later. I pre-posted this blog because at four AM I’ll be heading to the airport! Squee!

All right, soooo not excited about the early wakeup call, but I love Lora Leigh’s Readers Appreciation Weekend. If you’ve never attended one, you must. If you love talking to other readers about the books you love and meeting the writers who write those books—this is the conference for you.

And it’s so laid back. No rushing around for meetings. Just lazing by the pool or in the hotel lobby. Lots and lots of conversation. Maybe a crazy party or two—depends on if anyone brings any booze in! :mrgreen:

And there’s a booksigning on Sunday! So if you are in the Huntington area and want to drop by the Pullman in the afternoon, come on down!