Sighing Over Nashville

Posted by on May 5, 2010 in conventions, uncategorized | 4 comments

Over the past couple of days, I’ve been disturbingly fascinated by the photos and video coming out of Nashville – from the playing field of the Titans’ stadium under several feet of water to the Opryland Hotel ballroom, with perfectly set tables standing in four feet of muddy water. 

I have friends who live in Nashville – and a relative-of-friend who is a firefighter there.  Everyone I know is physically safe and sound, but I can only imagine the disruption in their day-to-day lives.

My teeny, tiny corner of the disrupted universe concerns RWA Nationals, which were to have been held in Nashville in July.  (I don’t know what tense that last clause is in, probably one that I last used in a French class, circa 1982…)  At this point, I know that Nationals will not be held in Nashville.  We’ve all been told that the show must go on, and rumors are flying fast and furious than the show will move to Dallas, but no formal announcement has been made yet.  I’ll post updated information here and on my website (under "Events" – I’m scheduled to be on a panel, presenting on "Do As I Say, Not As I Did", with Maria V. Snyder and Jeri Smith-Ready) as I get more facts.

In the meantime, I hope that the flood waters recede rapidly, and the recovery begins promptly.  (I cringe, though, to think of what this means for the there-local economy, when conventions three months out are already being canceled…)

Mindy, shaking her head


  1. I hope your friends are on higher ground, and that the waters receed quickly.

  2. I have a friend who has a music studio in Nashville. A music studio that has been almost entirely submerged.

    I can’t even fathom how utterly destroyed all the gear in there must be.

  3. If I had to guess at the name for that grammatical construction, it would be future perfect subjective. But I haven’t used sequence of tenses/concordance du temps since college

  4. It really does suck for everyone concerned. (It also sucks for those of us who weren’t planning on going anyway–but wish they could go to a panel with three such cool, savvy writers on it!)