Overheard at RT


This is the skywalk known as The Link, where we spent approximately 60% of our time, commuting for coffee.

What can I say about RT that hasn’t already been put into the police report?  Probably not much.  Except that I am constantly amazed at how much mayhem a conference center filled with awkward introverts can cause.


The delightful Kiera Cass and I at the book signing. We were plotting against our editor, Erica Sussman.

This year’s Kansas City conference was a blur of elevators and skywalks, deafening dinners with fabulous people, getting into vans with strangers, spontaneous dance parties, and plenty of laughter.  From interpretive cover modeling and karaoke, to days-long discussions about the anatomy of mammals, you just never know what you’re going to get.

Just like last year, I was furiously scribbling in my notebook whenever I caught a juicy tidbit.  Some of the stuff I overheard was good advice for writers.  Other things were…well, just plain weird.  Here’s this year’s


Writing Thoughts:

Unexpected Life Advice from Panelists:

The Stuff that Defies Categorization:


Obligatory selfie with Deb Driza


Cole Gibsen is up to no good.

**This year, I also got to be a cub reporter for Barbara Vey’s Publisher’s Weekly blog.  You can see my report here if you want!

10 Responses to “Overheard at RT”

  1. I’m still waiting for my pole vaulting medal :). Hilarious post!

  2. jasouders says:

    I’m laughing so hard remembering the context behind a lot of these snippets. 🙂

  3. I missed the comments on both the whales penises and the boobs. I’m only sorry about one.

  4. Betsy Norman says:

    Totally fun! I hope to go some day. Meanwhile, I am learning how to pole vault and hurdles by watching my daughter do it!! She got all conference at the meet last night!

  5. Love this! I felt like I was there again. 🙂

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