Disney and #RWA17 and Animals, Oh My! Tara in Orlando.

Hi —

RWA17 is over. I stayed  an extra day in Orlando for a visit to Animal Kingdom, but after a short park stop, I got rained out and spent most of the day writing. The week has been  educational, exhilarating and exhausting. Add fun to that list. I got here Tuesday evening and on Wednesday there were only a few workshops, so i thought I’d walk over to Epcot Center and play a little then return to the hotel. I was meeting friends in the afternoon, so i thought i’d return later. Instead, i had such a great time, i never left. I went on all the Epcot attractions, and wandered around with my tea in hand. Yes, it was 97 degrees, thank you, but i still had a ton of fun. I had a Chinese lunch, walked through the World Showcase, went on Soarin’ andSpaceship Earth, saw the dinosaurs fro the last time (they’re going away), then met Kc and Chudney and we splurged on a delicious dinner in the French restaurant. It was fabulous. I got back after walking 19,000 steps at 8:30 at night.

The next day, i got down to work, and Thursday and Friday literally went to a workshop every 90 minutes. Fantastic topics on why series sell, how to use tropes to create high concept. the French market for romance, creating deeply dimensional characters and much more. I was also representing my OCCRWA chapter as President, so i attended the RWA annual meeting and the Leadership breakfast. Then we had the big Literacy signing which was very successful. I saw lots of friends. I even managed to squeak in a few thousand words on my WIP and finish edits on two books.

Today, Sunday, was my last day in Florida, and, as predicted, it rained a lot (although not as much as i expected). I got to take the Kilimanjaro Safari ride and walk through the Gorilla Trek before the rain really started. Then i had to come back to check in on my transportation for tomorrow, so i stayed in the hotel and got productive.

It’s been a fun and worthwhile trip, although i could definitely sleep a couple straight days! Tomorrow is my flight home then back to work on all fronts!

I want to tell you that my next new release is coming in three weeks — Fool of Main Beach. This is one of my fave books ever. Check it out HERE. Talk soon. : )

Gathering Plot Bunnies at Walt Disney World

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You may know that i’m away on vacation. I got to go to the fabulous Dreamspinners Authors Workshop which was held in Orlando, Florida over the weekend and that was a great excuse for my honey to join me here and for us to go over to Walt Disney World to do the parks. We spent a day and a half at Epcot Center which was most notable for its FOOD!! Actually, the original part of Epcot, Future World, which was visionary and cool when i first saw it 20 years ago, now feels dated and stuck in the past. It really needs some work. But my fave part of Epcot has always been the World Showcase where you get to walk around a beautiful lake and experience a taste of 11 different countries. The Pavilions are staffed by young people from the countries, so they feel very authentic. And many of them have restaurants. Our first day, we had lunch at Mexico which was great, but the high point was lunch the second day at Italy’s Tutto Italia. OMG, i had a chicken with lemon cream and capers to remember — with white asparagus to boot.

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Today was incredible. We visited Animal Kingdom and, while i’ve been to zoos all over the world and love animals, i saw two things i’ve never seen before — bats close up and a very small baby gorilla right on the other side of a piece of glass. Amazing. The bats wings are this incredible, flexible skin and they have golden hair on their backs. We only saw boy bats since they keep the females in harems and would fight if there were any females in the group. It was fun observing their upside down genitals which are formed pretty much like humans. The baby gorilla was so cute he actually made me cry. He was chasing after his mom with a little stop for some playing with a ball. I’ve included pictures which are pretty bad sadly because the lighting was so awful in the enclosures but i’ll remember these things forever.  Maybe i’ll use them in a book. Hmm. I’ve always wanted to do a vampire. Not sure how to use the baby gorilla.

Anyway, tomorrow we spend with friends and then thursday do a day at Hollywood Studios. Then i’m on a plane home. Talk soon. :  )