I’m writing this post from Nashville, where I’ve been since I left home in the wee hours of the morning on Friday. I’m here for the RWA Board of Directors’ meeting. Tomorrow will be Day 3 and another 10 hour day. Yes, I’m a bit tired, but it’s been a great trip in a lot of ways. There is so much to learn… bylaws, tax codes, policies and procedures… wow.
The hotel is the Gaylord Opryland and it really defies description. It’s very Disneyesque, with an amusement park sort of unnatural perfection. The property covers 57 acres; there’s no way to stay here and not walk miles every day. Everything is spread out and interspersed with lush greenery, rivers, and ponds. It’s not uncommon to turn a corner and see a pretty fireplace framed by intimate seating areas. There are so many little spots to sit and just enjoy the scenery. I’m really looking forward to attending RWA Conference here in July and share the fun of this place with my friends.
Last night, I went to the Grand Ole Opry and saw Martina McBride, Jake Owen, Rodney Atkins, Vince Gill, Carrie Underwood, and many others. I’m so glad I went. I’m not a huge country music fan, but I couldn’t pass up the experience. I had such a good time!
Rodney Atkins sung a song called “Friends with Tractors“. I think that’s going to be my new catchphrase. As Rodney was singing, I was thinking that I, too, have friends with tractors. Not literal ones, of course (except for one…) but I have friends who “pull you out and fix the road” and help me stay sane on this crazy publishing trail. I can’t wait to hang out with them here in Opryland.
If you’re an RWA member, I hope you plan on attending conference in 2010. I think it’s going to be awesome!
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