Friday, August 20, 2010

A week of firsts

Almost three weeks ago now, many of us came home from the Romance Writers of American National Conference. It was a great week for me and several "firsts" happened that week.

1. I was part of my first workshop panel. One thing few people know about me is that speaking in front of crowds gives me wicked nerves. This surprises most people because I'm such an out going person, but it's true. Even when I taught college, I would get shaky hands and an elevated heartbeat. It's just one of my "things" but I got through my panel and feel like I did a good job.

2. I ran my first mile. Yes, I know this isn't conference related, but it happened while I was there, so I'm including it. I've been running for a while now, off and on on my treadmill at home. I think the longest I'd gone before was maybe 8 or 9 minutes. Something came over me on that fitness room treadmill and I just pushed it until I ran that full mile (12 minutes). What a great feeling! And I've since duplicated it at home, so it wasn't a fluke.

3. I participated in my first RWA Literacy signing. Every conference, RWA holds a massive literacy signing where the publishers donate the books and all the proceeds go toward literacy. This was my first year and I sold almost all my books. As you can see from the pic below, I was a pretty happy camper just to be there.What firsts have you done lately? Share!


  1. Trying new things keeps us young, Kristen. Congrats on your firsts.

  2. I attended my first nationals. I've been to big non-writing conferences before, but usually as an expert, not a noob. I think I managed to do ok.

  3. Congrats on all pointst! My first short story collection comes out next month. And I didn't think I could write short stories.

  4. I wish I could have been there but I'm crazy-proud anyway!!

  5. Nice firsts! I think that first Literacy signing is so special. I remember last year in DC, I felt like a rock star!

  6. Hey, those are some great "firsts". :)

    Maybe next Nationals conference we can take a run through Central Park together!

  7. Congrats on all your firsts.

    One of my first's was when my first book came out on June 3rd of this year.


  8. Yer so gorgeous.

    My firsts lately...hmmm.
    I sold my first foreign rights last week.

  9. I ran a mile too! Just the other day. It's exhilarating and tough as crap. LOL