Hello! Happy Saturday to you! Vivienne Lynge here. I’m so excited…the 2013 RWA National conference is just days away. This will be the first year that I’m going. I’ve been to a local, 1-day conference before which was good, but I’ve outgrown it. It was a general “writing” conference, not something focused on romance. RWA Nationals is a 5-day, jam-packed fiesta of wonderfulness. Well, at least it looks that way from the schedule.
Now, as you know, I’m a plotter, not a pantser when it comes to my writing. Naturally, my plotting tendencies overflow into the rest of my life as well. Except instead of ‘plotting’ we call it ‘planning’. I love to plan. About 6 weeks ago, I studied the huge schedule of daily seminars and made myself a spreadsheet of those things I’d like to attend. Ooooh – I just saw that I can pre-print workshop materials…I’ll have to do that on Monday!
Today, I’ll dig out my luggage (I’ve already decided what pieces) and begin packing. I love to pack (not for moving the house, but for trips). Packing is a physical form of planning. I’m a pretty low-maintenance kind of girl, so I’ll be trying to figure out the very minimum I can bring along and manage to get through a week. Yes, I may resort to hand-washing a shirt in the hotel sink and hanging it up to dry.
There’s been a lot of chatter on Facebook about shoes. How many pair is the right number? Of course, I need a comfy, casual pair (will wear sneakers), I have fancier-than-usual flip flops, open toed mules for conference time and a dressier pair for the RITA gala. So four. I might skimp on shirts, but I’ll have 4 pair of shoes!
Because this will also be the longest time that I’ve been away from Hubby deLuxe, Princess Second Grader, Jester and Minx, I learned how to Skype last night. I need a little more practice, but that’s what the weekend is for.
Today’s Secret: For me, the planning and anticipation of the event (and of course, purchasing needed supplies!) are as much fun as the event itself.
How about you? Do you like to travel? Do you plan it out ahead of time, or just wing it?