Thursday, June 4, 2009

Flinging Myself into Spring Fling

I mentioned before that the doppelganger volunteered the rest of me to help chair my local RWA chapter's upcoming writer's conference.  Amazingly, things are turning out quite well and I'm very pleased with all the progress we've made.

Finalize dates, check.  Engage hotel and set location, check.  Get headlining speakers, check.  Now the real work begins.  My co-chair, the lovely and talented June Sproat, is brimming with ideas (very good ones too!) about ways to make Spring Fling 2010 an exciting and worthwhile event.  Did I mention how awesome our headliners are?  Well without further ado, I give you:

Julia Quinn AND Cherry Adair.  Holy crap, now that is a lineup that is worth traveling to Chicago in April where it has been known to snow (!) on opening day of the baseball season.  Both ladies are writers of the highest caliber and are also presenting workshops.   But the most exciting thing for me is that they are both just as EXCITED to be attending.  Isn't that wicked cool?  I mean, instead of having to beg and plead and offer up a pound of flesh in payment, both these ladies have been nothing short of fabulous.  I met Cherry at last year's RWA national conference and I can testify firsthand to how hysterical and entertaining she is.  Julia, I suspect is equally funny because if you've read even a sample chapter of the Bridgerton series, then that dialogue could only come from a  mind possessed of a great wit.  Her blurbs don't call her the modern Jane Austen for nothing, I think.

Anyhoodle, I'm just giving everyone a bit of fair warning that it might be prudent to book yourself into the Windy City during the third week of April next year.  We're going to have a blast and it would a shame if you missed it. 


Pamela Cayne said...

Pamala--thank you for this great post! Since I have to miss Nationals this year, I had hoped to attend next year's Spring Fling. Now I have dates to mark off on my calendar and--holy cow--Cherry Adair and Julia Quinn? Great big applause to you and June!

By the way, I "know" you from the lovely and talented Marilyn Brant's site. Nice to meet the other Pam in her life. (har)

elegantextracts said...

I know I am only proving my ignorance, but I had to Google RWA. Ooooh! RWA! It's something that I've heard of but never got into. I'll have to do a bit of research to get up to speed on what it's all about.

Marilyn Brant said...

To all who read this:
Pamala is doing an absolutely OUTSTANDING job of organizing our chapter's conference!! We are all getting so excited about Spring Fling already. What a GREAT event it's gonna be! Every time she mentions something new that she's set up, everyone giggles and begins chattering in praise of her. (Pamala, Chicago-North thanks you wildly!! :)

To Pamela Cayne~OMG, it would be SO awesome if you came! Yes, say YES!! I'd love my 2 Pams to meet in person!

Pamala Knight said...

Hey Pam! I'll be so excited if you can make it to Chicago next year. It's going to be a blast and the best part is that Marilyn will be there *grins*.

Terersa darling, your brilliance overshadows any deficiency you have in terms of keeping up with all of the acronyms that I'm too lazy to write out. You would probably totally enjoy all that RWA offers.

Marilyn dearest,
You are the best. I'm trying my hardest to make sure that our conference is bright and shiny. Thanks again for the sweet words.

Nancy J. Parra said...

Hi Pamala! *waves*

Just wanted to pop in and say *cheers!!* Thanks for your calm cool head and your time and talent.

Spring Fling will be grand! Can't wait!

June said...

I'm just going to jump in here and say even though Pamala thinks I have great ideas, she is the one that makes them happen, I am just her lackey. I couldn't ask for a better boss!


Sheila DeChantal said...

That sounds amazing! I would love to be involved in something like that!