Silence is Maddening

So here I am in DC, at RWA National as it begins to ramp up. One of the things I love best about coming to National is the chance to reconnect with all the people I never get to see otherwise, having the kind of conversations I don’t really have the chance to have anywhere else.

I have laryngitis. I have no voice. I kind of hiss at people, who then look at me in concerned horror and ask if I’m all right.

I’m fine. I’m a little frustrated because I can’t talk, but my throat doesn’t hurt, even when I’m essentially screaming (but nearly inaudible). I’m also hugely entertained by this, because I so look forward to those conversations which includes talking…and all I can do is write notes, nod and smile, or “scream” and make gestures.


The conference hasn’t officially started and people are still arriving. Tonight is the literacy signing — 400+ romance writers signing their books, with all the proceeds benefiting national and local literacy charities. I helped with the set-up this morning, and it whet my appetite just a bit. I went in thinking, “I don’t want to get anything…” and now I have a little list, books that I now want to get.

One thing I want to do at the signing is say hello to my friends (which may involve waving and showing a note that says, “I have laryngitis and no voice”) and to tell a few authors who aren’t my friends how much I love their books. I know it always made me happy when someone took the time to tell me how much they enjoyed my books, so I want to do the same for someone else.


1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Gabrielle
    Jul 16, 2009 @ 03:04:07

    Hope you’re feeling better soon and can enjoy the conference to its fullest.

    P.S. Love the Mont St Michel masthead!


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