Yesterday I did some shopping at the Galleria for the RWA national conference in Atlanta at the end of July. I work at home, so it’s a big deal when I attend a function that discourages wearing flip-flops. I suppose at some point today, I may try to clean out my cosmetic bag, which got shampoo spilled in it on the flight back from the national conference in Reno last year. I think I’ve spent the night at my mom’s house a few times since then, but I must have taken my toiletries in Wal-mart bags.
In short...I’m getting ready!
I am introverted. Very, very introverted. I have to lie down after a local chapter meeting, so you can imagine what last year’s conference, my first, did to me. Still, it was one of the highlights of my year. I met my agent, one of my critique partners, and lots of new friends. I went to workshops that set my mind going in different directions for my WIPs. I nearly started hyperventilating when my critique partner won the Golden Heart.
Kelley St. John made a wonderful presentation at our last chapter meeting about pitching manuscripts and making a game plan for conferences. My game plan for this year is the same as last year: Get up early each morning to jog and work off stress. Go to as many workshops as possible, but accept any and all invitations from friends to do Something Else. Take frequent breaks to go back to room and lie down. Bond with critique partner while doing something purely fun--but nothing in Atlanta can possibly top the Johnny Cash impersonator in the casino lounge in Reno. Nothing!
What’s your game plan?