Day one of RWA Nationals started out with a 2-hour commute to JFK International Airport, and then a mad dash for our gate. We were originally denied at the ticketing counter, but a very nice employee took pity on us and pulled a few strings. Not surprisingly, our gate was THE LAST gate in the terminal, so the nice man encouraged us to “hustle” – easier said than done at the security checkpoint! But amazingly, we made it just in time!
After a very quick and uneventful flight, our cab took us on a lovely ride down the Potomac, past the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument and other treasures of our nation’s capitol, until we arrived at our destination, the Omni Shoreham Hotel. The lobby is absolutely breathtaking! And after a little finagling for a non-smoking room (the pregnant card really came in handy here), we were given our room on the 6th floor. It, too, is beautiful – clean and uncluttered, but with an old-fashioned touch. Certainly perfect for an historical romance writer 🙂
Then, FINALLY, came the real fun: meeting my critique partners! After we finally found a restaurant that could house all seven of us, the laughter began…and it didn’t stop until midnight. I actually woke up with a headache that I blame entirely on laughing…I guess that’s the best kind of headache to have 🙂 And after dinner, four of us “took a turn about the gardens” at the Omni…talk about inspiration! It would be better to show rather than tell, so I promise to take pictures to post for everyone’s enjoyment 🙂
Well, time to get a start on Day 2! Lots planned for today: National Zoo, the pool, Literacy Signing and then the Beau Monde Soiree!