RT Chicago-Day 1

Yesterday was the first day of the RT Convention here in Chicago. I had to get my butt out of bed at 3:30 a.m. to make my 6:00 a.m. flight but it was worth it. Lucky for me, I have a wonderful husband who also got up at that horrid hour to drive to me to the airport. The convention is being held at the Hyatt Regency O”Hare and it’s a beautiful facility.

This is a shot from my hotel room. I definitely miss my boys and my hubby…but it’s such a luxury to have a room all to myself and not have two snoring dogs crowding the bed.

The day started early and just kept on going. I’m glad my flight got in so early because it gave me time to unpack and get the lay of the land before the workshop I was running.

I have to be honest…I was worried that people wouldn’t show up at my public speaking workshop. Y’know, it’s that fear that you’ll throw a party and nobody will come. Luckily that didn’t happen and I had a great group. Two of my fellow Sourcebooks authors came and partcipated in the exercises which was awesome! (Thank you Cheryl Brooks and Ashlyn Chase!)  The rest of the day was filled with networking and a nap before dinner.

The most fascinating part about having this four day party at this convention center is that we’re not the only group here…although we are the loudest and most colorful. I was having dinner at the bar last night and had  chance to chat with a few of the guys who are here for a Carrier Convention–they ship stuff all over the world. These poor fellas felt like they’d been dropped in the middle of another planet at first! Last night was the 20’s themed flapper party, so many of the RT attendees were dressed for the occasion and looked great! However, if you’re a business man here for your sales convention….it’s a befuddling sight. I was more than happy to educate them about our group and to my delight I saw several of the shipping guys crash the Ellora’s Cave Step Up & Stomp dance party later that evening. I didn’t do any dancing because I was just too damn tired by that point but I did get a chance to chat with readers and fellow authors.

I kicked off this morning with a workout to get the blood flowing because  I’m very excited about today’s events! Sourcebooks is located  just outside of Chicago and they’re  taking all of their authors over to the offices for a grand tour. I’ll be sure take lots of pictures on that outing and more tonight at the Scottish Fling–there are sure to be some great costumes at that one.

Dream on….


8 thoughts on “RT Chicago-Day 1”

  1. Sounds like such fun for you guys and I’m glad that you are enjoying yourself! Have a great day and thanks for the update! 🙂

  2. Sounds like you are having a great time! Thanks for keeping those of us who couldn’t go updated! I hope to make a conference some day.

  3. Ooh, a flapper party. I can imagine all the pretty dresses the ladies were wearing. If I were in Chicago I would head out for some Garrett’s popcorn.

  4. Sounds like you are having a great time. I can imagine how confused other guests at the hotel must be. Will there be a paranormal/fantasy party? The Scottish Fling would be my favorite. My kilted hero and I attend as many Celtic events as we can,but I’m sure none have been like this one.

    Keep on enjoying yourself.

  5. OMG…those poor guys, I bet they wonder ‘what in the heck they’d wandered into’? ROFL! Glad you’re having a good time…all those costume parties, can’t wait to see the pics! 😀 Pace yourself! Ha! Ha!

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