Actually I don’t really like that song. Isn’t that awful?
Next week is the SCBWI conference! I’m so excited and nervous!
I have never been to SoCal! Actually, I’ve never been west, with the exception of Vancouver, but I think I was 13 at the time and I don’t remember a lot? (narcolepsy?)
Of course, it’s only a 4-day conference. But I need a ‘handler’. I get barfy on planes (like ALL the time) so hubby is coming so I can drown myself in gravol/Dramamine. But airmiles never fly when you want them to, so now a four-day trip is eight. Of which it is far too expensive to get a hotel the entire time, and who wants an 8-day stay in Century City, so we’ve booked a vrbo thingy and I’ll stay at the hotel on the weekend, because somehow it’s cheaper that way. Go figure. So now, the boy is coming too. Airmiles are awesome. Even if they make you take FOUR flights to get there.
I will get to listen to very important people talk about the world of publishing, and I’ll get to meet authors I am absolutely crazy about (looking right at YOU, Tahereh Mafi!!!), and I’ll get to LEARN all kinds of lovely things. And possibly snag an agent? For the manuscript I have just completed?? Yes? That would be lovely.
So for the past week, instead of unpacking and gardening and cleaning my house, I’ve been researching which sessions to attend (two a day, ten at a time) and what to wear. Because it’s business casual. I have no idea what that means, except that it means no sweatpants. Or jeans. So… yeah. Lots of planning. And ironing. And vacuuming suitcases that are full of spiders (don’t even get me started). And planning a car rental. And planning to visit Venice (where we are staying – I think) and the BEACH!!!!!
And of course I caught a cold.
Six days ago.
No, it’s not better. I’m stuffy, my ears are in constant pain and I could just cry at any moment.
Am praying for another miracle…
oooooh! Also? I get to meet a fan! Oh, I hate using that word. How about, I get to meet a new friend? Her name is Claire and she lives out in SoCal and she wrote me, like, 3 years ago, and she just sent me a package of books to read (friends for life!) and I just read one of them and it was brilliant!!! So now I get to meet her and I’m so excited!!!! Yay! Hi Claire!
So. Off to another adventure!!!
drinking: vitamin C water stuff that’s fizzy and weird
listening to: dog licking her lips a lot. It’s suppertime.
reading: Claire sent me ‘The Boy on Cinnamon Street’ by Phoebe Stone and why aren’t you reading it already???? Oh, it is wonderful!!!!!