Something that helped me keep my mental balance among the 2,000+ women writers and industry professionals, was the tasty serving of mancandy everywhere I went.
|Guys like these stood by in the lobby, ready to assist a bewildered traveler.|
Then there were the men there to
Fine spirits and wines can add sophistication, passion, humor and richness to a novel. Female characters often bond during a ladies' night out, and a romantic evening on the town wouldn't be complete without the cocktails.
Teaching us was The Cocktail Guru, Jonathan Pogash.
|Jonathan Pogash, The Cocktail Guru, served us up custom drinks:|
Honey Pom Pom, Dutch Chocolate Desire, and Van Gogh Vodka's
tasty and smooth new Cool Peach Vodka over ice.
We were all much impressed by Jonathan's smooth, mellifluous voice
and his whole-body vodka shaking technique.
Vodka not your thing? I sampled several interesting drinks I'd never even heard of before. On my first night, I ordered something called 68 Degrees (which seemed to be the warmest temperature in all the conference rooms, my only complaint). This drink was a pale purple and included elderberry liqueur, with a mystery dark fruit on the skewer that I found out later was a dried black cherry, rehydrated in maraschino liqueur.
Mmmmm, sweet and chewy.
|Marriott bar manager Joshua Miller (or Leo di Caprio, as his bartender teased him).|
He created the "Nightingale" just for RWA using Creme de Violet.
|In keeping with the Hollywood theme, I thought bartender Mike Russell, Jr., |
totally looked like a young Joseph Fiennes (if not from this angle).
Then there were the men in uniform from Breakwater Security,
I did not see a single woman get up from the discreetly draped massage tables or chairs of De'Leon's Heavenly Hands without a smile on her face. In fact, just walking past the set-up in the hallway outside the ballrooms put a smile on my face.
|Mr Heavenly Hands, De'Leon himself.|
|Masseur Luke Strode|
There were any number of handsome husbands and SigMaleOthers present throughout the event, some looking elegant and classic in suits and tuxes, and several in formal kilts down to their socks and shoes. I did not check under any kilts to see if they were wearing traditional Scottish undergarments (that is, commando-style), but I couldn't help wondering about it...
|Our very own LARA member and romance writer Rick Ochocki rockin' a kilt at the Awards Ceremony.|
I am still somewhat disorganized in my thoughts, plucking random ones out of the air. Like noticing that the hotel room had electrical outlets everywhere, even on the base of the bedside lamp, which would be especially convenient for plugging in
I did remember to pack that, at least. (My phone charger, what were you thinking?!)
*No males were harmed in the
writing andphotography of this post.
Did you notice the tasty mancandy all around us?
Or did you bring your own hero to the party?
Your preliminary RWA conference thoughts?