Last weekend over 250 like-minded women (nary a man in sight) gathered to discuss their passion for writing at the Romance Writers of Australia conference in Brisbane.
It was full-on. After two days holed up in the SebelCitigate Hotel, frantically trying to absorb the wisdom of the guest speakers, catch up with my Bootcamp mates, and attend a cocktail party and awards dinner, I was buggered!
Overall, it was a huge learning experience.
One of the highlights (and there were many) for me was meeting romance writer and educator extraordinaire Valerie Parv.
Deadset, the poor woman thought I was stalking her (and she did ask: "Are you stalking ,me?). After I got her to autograph my copy of her new book Heart & Craft, she said: "Where's the camera? I know you want to have your photo taken with me."
She's such a generous person. I mean, who on earth would let a bona fide stalker such as myself be photographed with them?
I am now on a mission to become a Valerie Parv mignon - I'm giving myself 12 months!
But for now, it's back to reality while romance moves to the backburner for a little while.
As my youngest daughter says, "Life goes on..."
(Photo: Bootcampers 109)