Through the magic of the internet, one of my friends read my Lunacon post, and realized that she had a way to help me go that was both economical and fun. So I get to split a hotel room and pay very little admission costs, since my friend is one of the panel guests. I'll be there from Friday evening, probably after 7:30 or so, until the end of the weekend. I'm going to hang out with people and thoroughly enjoy being one of the crowd...although granted, I'll have a name badge on, so you'll be able to figure out who I am. =) I believe I'm also going to get my photo professionally taken, by the lovely Sally Wiener Grotta, for her Wordsmiths project.
Unfortunately, no Oregon for me this March, but do not despair, faithful denizens of that state. I'll be out by you in August, for the Willamette Writers Conference, and also sometime in September or October, to speak to a local RWA chapter (Salem, I think?). Both times I'm flying through Portland, so depending on scheduling, I'd love to grab a meal with people somewhere.
Oh, and the writers retreat I was talking about going to is the Rainforest Writers Village. It's technically in Washington State, I believe, but it's supposed to be in a beautiful area. Some friends of mine will be there, and it's being run by the great folks at Talebones. There are still some spots open, if you're in the area, and the idea of writing in a rainforest appeals to you.