Writers tend to eavesdrop by nature. We can’t help it. It’s part of our creative DNA. We’re not nosy as much as we’re curious. Listening is simply a tool of our trade. I can’t tell you how many story ideas and snippets of dialogue I’ve gleaned from overhearing other people’s conversations. Naturally, the most recent Romance Writers of America conference was a feast for the ears.
Here are six funny things I overheard while I was in Atlanta:
Only at a romance writers’ conference would you hear cleavage (and other words) bandied about so freely.
5. It’s time to deploy the prosthetic toenail. You can’t wear the Band-Aid of shame to the Harlequin party.
Every year at the conference, Harlequin throws the party of all parties. They pull out all the stops with drinks, desserts and dancing. This year’s affair at the Ritz-Carlton was sublime. So, yes, I suppose the Band-Aid of shame would not have been appropriate. The prosthetic toenail sounds questionable, too. Still, everyone seemed to have a great time. Obviously the prosthetic toenail wasn’t out of place. Or maybe I was havingtoo much fun to notice.
This goody drifted over the bathroom stall. I have no idea who she was talking to – maybe to herself; perhaps to everyone in general? At an RWA conference, Spanx is probably the one of the few things more plentiful than cleavage.
Well, gosh, we were in Georgia after all. Still, I laughed out loud and couldn’t resist saying, “Go for it, girl! You only live once! Despite my encouragement, I didn’t get a sip of white lightening.
2. That’s my stalker.
I overheard this one as I passed two women in the hotel lobby. At each RWA conference, in the midst of the thousands of delegates, it seems there are a couple of people I bump into around every corner. Usually, I know them and it’s a delight. But sometimes that person is an editor or agent or some other high-profile individual. Sometimes, you do get the urge to justify yourself, “I swear, I’m not stalking you.”
Person B: Wait, did you say new or nude?
Okay, dirty minds, she said NEW, not nude. But it did make for a good laugh, didn’t it?
Now, it’s your turn. Have you overheard or misheard anything lately? If not, tell me which authors you would most hope to see at a conference like RWA. Of course, you wouldn’t be STALKING, you’d just be curious. Like I am when I eavesdrop…er… LISTEN, right?
One person who posts today will win an RWA tote bag and some books I brought home for you from the conference. Who’s first?