2015 RWA New York in Pictures

July 30, 2015

Romance Writers of America’s conference was held in New York City this year. As I do every year, I’m posting pictures of the visit. I admit, I was in back-to-back meetings for most of the conference, without attending one workshop. Yet it was a productive trip with a great deal of networking. And I did manage to get in a few photo ops. Stacey and I even played hooky for a few hours to sightsee.

A room with a view. Sort of makes up for the horrendous traffic.

A room with a view.

 

Day or night, Times Square is packed. And you never know what characters you will meet.

Day or night, Times Square is packed. And you never know what characters you will meet.

 

Minions, Super Heroes, Ninja Turtles, Famous Piano-playing members of boy bands, the Naked Cowboy, creepy, tall Statues of Liberty and more. Here, I spotted Captain Jack, blissfully unaware of the naked painted ladies nearby.

Minions, Super Heroes, Ninja Turtles, Famous Piano-playing members of boy bands, the Naked Cowboy, creepy, tall Statues of Liberty, evil dancing babies, selfie-stick vendors, and more could be found in the crowds. Here, I spotted Captain Jack, blissfully unaware of the naked painted girls nearby.

 

Photo-bombed by New York's finest.

Photo bombed by New York’s finest.

 

A dinner with old friends, the Ruby Slippered Sisterhood, is a conference tradition.

Dinner with old friends, the Ruby Slippered Sisterhood, is a conference tradition.

 

Netwroking is a must. Here, I'm chatting with RWA's Bookseller of the Year, the delightful Tom Luce.

Networking is a must. Here, I’m chatting with RWA’s Bookseller of the Year, the delightful Tom Luce.

 

Took a couple of hours to visit the 9/11 Museum and reflect. Truly moving. There are no words...

Took a couple of hours to visit the 9/11 Memorial Museum and reflect at the Twin Towers footprints. Truly moving. There are no words…

 

Stop! You must take in a Broadway show. Stacey succumbed to the call.

Stop! You must take in a Broadway show. Stacey succumbed to the call…

 

Taking me with her. *YES!* The Phantom of the Opera was A-Maz-Ing!

…taking me with her. *YES!* The Phantom of the Opera was A-MAZ-ING!

 

Taking time at the Trade Show to pimp my peeps - The Killion Group. Pretty sweet gig!

Trade Show pimping – The Killion Group. Pretty sweet gig!

 

Speaking of pimping...look at my, um, you know...pasties. Courtesy of my Passionate Ink chapter.

Speaking of pimping…look at my, um, you know…pasties. Courtesy of the Passionate Ink chapter.

 

My ride to the Waldorf Astoria on Park Avenue for the Harlequin Ball. *giggles*

My ride to the Waldorf Astoria on Park Avenue for the Harlequin Ball. *giggles*

 

Feeling like a celebrity with my Ruby Sisters in the Starlight Roof at the Harlequin Ball.

Feeling like a celebrity with my Ruby Sisters in the Starlight Roof at the Harlequin Ball.

 

What a way to end the trip...with my very own mini Rita statuette made of dark chocolate. Sadly, she didn't make it through the night.

What a way to end the trip…with my very own mini Rita statuette made of dark chocolate. Sadly, she didn’t make it through the night.

 

If you went to New York for the conference, I hope you had an amazing time enhancing your career, meeting old and new friends, and making memories. If New York wasn’t in your cards, there is always next year. San Diego or bust!


Hump Day Kick Start – Front Seat Foreplay Edition

July 29, 2015

Hump Day Kick Start – for your muse, a writing picture prompt, or just a visual treat.

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Is today’s prompt Haute or hawt?

Who is today’s couple? Socialite and playboy? Mobster’s girl and her undercover lover? Vintage car seller and potential buyer  – barring  the buyer deems it has enough room and has good suspension… Does she have a secret? If so, what could she be hiding? Is she about to break it off with him? Are they about to get hitched but her heart belongs to another?

Give it to me. I’d love to hear your take, or just “caption this photo”.

 


Link of the Week – Social Media Image Sizes

July 28, 2015

Depositphotos_20293747_originalHello, peeps. We are still recovering from our trip to NYC fro the Romance Writers of America conference. But never fear, I do have a link of the week for you. I nabbed this week’s link  off of a blog post from a digital web design and marketing agency called Raka. Check them out.

How many times have you needed to know the exact dimensions for posting graphics to your social media sites? Well, here is a handy go-to guide of dimensions for Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Google+, Youtube, and more. Knowing the dimensions goes a long way when creating your own ads, announcements, or other marketing visuals.

http://www.rakacreative.com/blog/inbound-marketing/social-media-image-sizes-always-up-to-date/

 


Hump Day Kick Start – Out on a Ledge Edition

July 22, 2015

Hump Day Kick Start – for your muse, a writing picture prompt, or just a visual treat.

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As a reminder, MuseTracks is in New York for the RWA Conference. Since we are in the big city, what better prompt than one featured high atop a building ledge.

Tell me about these two. Are they thrill seekers high (literally) on adrenaline? Had their relationship been falling apart and one of them ready to end it all? Is this part of a lover’s pact? Are they immortal, jumping through time loops, and he finally caught up to her? This could be a moment straight out of Inception.

You tell me. What’s your take? Or just “caption this” photo.

 


Friday Fun Facts- I Want To Suck Your Blood

July 17, 2015

Movies, books and campfire tales about vampires have scared the living daylights out of many of us. I, for one, was kept up late into the night by my older brother who told me stories about the moonbeam shining on my closet being a homing beacon for the vampires to find me. I slept under the magic covers with lights on for many years after that!bela-lugosi-vampires-sparkle

– The first use of the word “vampire” in English wasn’t until 1734, when it was mentioned in a book called Travels of Three English Gentlemen.

– Some believed that vampires suffer from arithmomania, a compunction to count things. If you threw out a handful of seeds, they’d be compelled to stop and count them, giving you plenty of time to run away. (So Sesame Street’s Count is based on historical fact…..)

– In 1973, a Polish man choked to death on garlic he had stuffed in his mouth. The police found his body surrounded by bags of salt and even the keyholes were stuffed with garlic! Wow.

– According to legend, vampires have no reflection in a mirror. Do you know why? It was believed that a mirror cast back the image of the body and soul so if you have no soul (as the un-dead) then you can’t have a reflection. Also mirrors used to be made with silver and everyone knows that’s pretty toxic to anything not quite alive!

– Being bitten on the neck is NOT the only way of becoming a vampire! Some believed a baby could be born one if the right curse was cast while invitro. Other ways include, but are not limited to, eating lamb that was slaughtered by a wolf, being a Satanist or witch, committing suicide, or by letting a cat or dog walk above someone who just died.vampires11

– Prince Charles might just be related to the historical figure known as Vlad The Impaler.

– A group of diseases known as “Porphyria” is very rare but can cause vampire- like symptoms. It has been associated with vampires in the past and causes sufferers to have a severe sensitivity to sunlight. It also causes hallucinations, paranoia, madness and other awful symptoms. Too bad it’s all of the vampires weaknesses but none of its strengths.

– This isn’t exactly a fact, but it was WAY too good to not share with you!!

http://listverse.com/2013/08/11/10-vampires-from-history-youve-never-heard-of/

– A group of vampires has been called a clutch, brood, coven, pack, or a clan.

– The most famous vampire of all time, Count Dracula, quoted the Bible. Deuteronomy 12:23- The blood is life.

– A vampire supposedly has control over the animal world. We all know he can turn into a bat, but did you know he can also turn into a rat, moth, fox, owl or a wold as well?vampire1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Hump Day Kick Start – Cockpit Edition

July 15, 2015

Hump Day Kick Start – for your muse, a writing picture prompt, or just a visual treat.

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In honor of my favorite pastime of flying (NOT!), I give you today’s post.

Any number of scenarios could be given for this prompt. Who is she? Flight student hoping to earn extra credit in flight school? Test pilot who lost a dare? Is she about to earn her mile high wings with the hot aviator? Maybe for every instrument and button she can’t name correctly for the pilot, she has to lose an article of clothing. Could she be proving her skill with another ace in a flight simulator?

Circle once and give me your take, or just “caption this photo”.


Link Of The Week- “The Coolest, Fastest, Distraction-Free Writing App Around”

July 14, 2015

You’ve got to check this out! There’s a free version and an upgraded paid version- both look very cool.

https://writer.bighugelabs.com/welcome

Free Version:

A fast and distraction-free fullscreen writing environment

Saves automatically as you write

All writing is private, secure, and backed up regularly

Save an unlimited number of documents

Works online and off

Customize colors, fonts, and line spacing

Optional typewriter sounds

Automatic word count and writing goalsebay010_zps4f2f2896

 

 


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