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Not that I’m anxious or anything, but there’s only nine months left until my very first RT Convention in Kansas City! How excited am I?

 

Well, let’s put it like this. This will be my first RT (perhaps I mentioned that?). I’m on a panel and I’ll be at the book signing. I have a book being released that month, so it’ll be hot-hot-hot off the presses! I’ll be handing out books and swag and who-knows-what.

 

But more than that, it’ll be my very first Girls’ Weekend. All you moms out there, nodding your head—YES! No Husbands, No Kids. Throw in some housekeeping and some dining out, and it sounds a lot like heaven.

 

Instead of travelling with my family, I’m going to be travelling with The Lovely Mary. Mary is my co-worker, my friend, and—this is important in the authorial sense—she’s my sounding board. Mary not only humors me with good grace as I babble on about imaginary people, but more often than not, she helps me figure out what those imaginary people should do next. More than one book idea has sprung nearly fully-formed from her mind.

 

All of this whilst we are supposed to be working. (Keep that under your hat, okay?)

 

So to celebrate all things fun and authorial, I decided we should have a Girls’ Weekend at a conference together. Mary reads many authors and would love to talk books with someone other than me (shocking, but true). So we’re making plans. Kansas City is only 4 hours from us. An easy weekend car trip? Sign me up!

 

Then it got better. Mary is a Civil War re-enactor, and guess what? RT’s big Anniversary Ball is going to be Civil War themed! How perfect is this? I’m taking someone who already owns multiple hoop skirts!

 

However, I do not own a single hoop skirt or a dress that would go with them, and alas, I’m about a head and a half taller than Mary. And because I’m me, I’m already freaking out about my clothing options. I mean, who wants to go to a Ball not dressed for a Ball? Not me, that’s for sure. I may not need a whole hoop, but I need to at least pass. Fake it until you make it, that’s my wardrobe motto.

 

So Mary found this dress at a thrift store. As you can see, this is a tacky bridesmaid’s dress from the mid-eighties (based off of the condition of the sewn-in bra, which I’m going to cut out really, really soon). But she put forth a convincing argument that, with just the right accessories, this could pass for a Civil War era dress. The thing that sealed the deal for her of this was the mesh lace around the neck. And if she thinks it’ll do, then I believe her. Plus, although I do not own a hoop, I do own a petticoat (from my own wedding, oddly enough). Close enough!

 

So now I have a dress that passes for a Civil War ball gown. I found a pair of white gloves. I’m going to make a sash in a contrasting color to go around the waist, and try to make a little purse to match the sash (operative word being ‘try’ there). Mary is investigating more lace and appropriate head gear that we can either buy or make on the cheap.  I’ll need some slippers to be period-appropriate, or some ballet flats to be period-faking-it.

 

Plus? Bonus Halloween Costume! YES!

 

So I’m looking forward to RT (really, really looking forward to it!).  Are you going? Do you have costume plans? Tell me about it in the comments below and one lucky person will get an autographed copy of A Man of Distinction. Plus—bonus—I’m giving away a handcrafted (by me!) book necklaces from everyone who commented throughout the week! Check the Authorial Moms blog September 11th to see if you were the winner! For another chance to win, sign up for my newsletter here.

A Man of Distinction Blurb:  “Let me see my son.”

He’d said goodbye to his life on the reservation without regrets. He’d asked Tanya Rattling Blanket to come with him too many times, and Nick Longhair never begs. But when business brings him back to his ancestors’ land, he finally understands what he exchanged for money and power.

In the years he’s been in Chicago, Tanya has been raising his baby, a son he didn’t know…. Determined to give his child every advantage, Nick isn’t about to leave again…at least not alone. But that means winning back the love of those he left behind.

A Man of Distinction is available! Visit your favorite bookseller, at Amazon, or for the Nook.

 

Bio: Award-winning author Sarah M. Anderson may live east of the Mississippi River, but her heart lies out west on the Great Plains. With a lifelong love of horses and two history teachers for parents, it wasn’t long before her characters found themselves out in South Dakota among the Lakota Sioux.  She loves to put people from two different worlds into new situations and to see how their backgrounds and cultures take them someplace they never thought they’d go.

 

When not helping out at school or walking her rescue dogs, Sarah spends her days having conversations with imaginary cowboys and American Indians, all of which is surprisingly well-tolerated by her wonderful husband and son.

 

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