Sunday, July 25, 2010

Hitting The Road For RWA 2010!

Today is my last day at home, and my last day of any sort of normalcy, before RWA 2010 in Orlando. Rosie and I are flying out early tomorrow morning, and we'll (hopefully!) be arriving at the Swan And Dolphin Hotel in time to contemplate dinner with the lovely, sparkling KristieJ. So what have I been doing to get ready for RWA? Besides slowly losing my grip on my sanity? Well, let me tell you....
  • Shopping. I lack the "girly" gene that instills a love of shopping, so I'm one of those people who will only shop when I absolutely have to. RWA is usually what forces my hand. That, and the fact that I wear clothes until they fall apart. This year I needed just about all the essentials. You know what I learned ladies? It's time to buy new bras when you try one on at Department Store X and your first thought is "Wow, so this is support?" This coming from a girl who has never been accused of being uh....well endowed. Which is probably how I went so long without buying new bras. Heh.
  • Hair cut. My hair is all one length (I had layers for a short while, but got bored with them) and I tend to put hair cuts off until the last minute. I finally got in to see my stylist on Friday, and told her to lop off two inches. I think she took off more like 2.5 because dang my hair seems short! But I think it's more likely that I just haven't had a hair cut in so dang long that it was a bit of a shock to my system. (I do like it though).
  • Laundry, laundry, laundry.
  • Figure out exactly what Tessa Dare and I are going to say during our presentation at the Librarians Day event on Wednesday. I had this written in my head for about three months, and finally wrote it all down about....oh a month ago. Tessa added some things. I added some more things. My boss looked at it and declared it "good." Hopefully I won't suck (please, like I'm worried about Tessa? I know she'll be awesome). In the meantime I'm trying to convince myself it's "fine" and "stop tinkering already Wendy."
  • Print more "Official Wendy @ The Library" business cards. I don't keep a huge stock on hand, and really only burn through a handful every year (uh, usually at RWA). This year I'm guessing I'll go through more than usual (see above bullet point).
  • Figure out a plan of attack for Literacy Signing, which I haven't done. I'll probably do what I've done the last several years. Start at one end and work my way down the line. Also, I need to remember to buy a book from and author who 1) doesn't have a line of people waiting for her and 2) I've never read before. It's my one act of good karma every year.
  • Pack. And try to remember important stuff that I bring every year - like motion sickness medicine and packaging tape (gotta ship those books home!). Note to self: Remember to pack extra tote bag this year. Last year's RWA tote bag was large enough to stuff a dead body in but some years they are teeny-tiny. Prepare for teeny-tiny. Oh, and Wendy? Remember your dang sunscreen this year. You're not just pale, you're see-through. You've been this shade of death for 35 years, and yet last year in D.C.? You forgot your sunscreen. D'oh!
  • Make sure digital camera battery is charged and remember to take a few pictures. Otherwise Nath will be unhappy, and I like it when Nathie is happy.
  • Figure out what I'm going to attend. Honestly, no clue. Will look at schedule when I register. I'm thinking it will be very few workshops, and mostly Publisher Spotlights (usually good info for job and personal reading) and Signings. The rest of time I'll probably be crying over my cosmopolitan in the bar about how broke my library is right now.
  • Track down the one author who never e-mailed me back (I'm going with evil spam filter theory) about doing my library's literary event in 2011. I've got two romance authors confirmed, I need one more.
The next time I blog, I'll be in Orlando! This year, for a change of pace, I'm hoping I won't be posting updates at 2AM - which is what I seem to do every blessed year ::sigh:: We shall see though. Honestly, blogging at a reasonable time of day is probably too much to hope for. As for Twitter? Yeah, probably a dead zone where I am concerned, but there are bound to be loads of others filling the void, so it's not like I'll be missed much.

See y'all when it hit the east coast!


Victoria Janssen said...

I hope to see you there!

Me, I need to make arrangements for getting from the airport to the hotel.

p.s. I can lend you sunscreen if you forget.

very, very pale

Liza said...

Can't wait to meet you Wendy! I have sunscreen packed in case you forget.

Katie said...

Have a wonderful time! I'm very sad I can't go this year :( And, yes! Do not forget your sunscreen!! Maybe it's a good thing I'm not going this year. I'd probably turn into a lobster.

Amy said...

Oh lord, if last year was bad for you in D.C., then you'll probably burst into flames if you forget the sunscreen this year! Don't forget it, girl!

And wave towards SC when you head on over to the east coast. I'm totally hatin' that I can't go this year, especially when it's a quick 8-hour drive for me.

AnimeJune said...

I'm arriving Monday, too! Can I join you gals? *lol*

Yes on bra shopping. I can't even shop for bras at department stores anymore. Just not worth it. Still, the amount of, erm, architecture I require means the bras I usually get are $$$.

Ditto on sunscreen. I live in Canada. I need to blend in with the snow to hide from predators - how am I going to survive in Orlando?

On packing supplies - I just ordered from flat-rate boxes from USPS and had them shipped to the Swan and Dolphin.

Lynn Spencer said...

Heh. I was just tweeting about sunscreen. :-)

Love your blog, and hope I get to meet you in person!

JamiSings said...

Wendy, you just need to go shopping with my mom and me. As much as we pretend we hate shopping, we have more then enough of that gene to share with you.

Rosie said...

I'm not ready, meaning NOT completely packed. Begs the question what I'm doing on the internet.
SL, what are we doing about getting to the hotel. Guess I better go check that out. Like now.

AnimeJune, see you tomorrow!

Kristie (J) said...

Squeeeeeee - only a few hours now!!!!

Joy said...

OK, I have an absolutely-none-of-my-business-but-I'm-curious question. You mentioned that you passed your talk through your boss. By chance are you having to take vacation time to go to RWA or were you able to talk the Powers That Be in the Library into considering this a conference you'll get paid time off to attend? Just asking cause librarians all over the country who buy romances would like some tips on how to get to do this!!

Cecilia Grant said...

I love, love, love your good-karma Literacy Signing idea. Now I'm going to do that too.

Hope you had a good flight. Break a leg with the librarian speech!

Wendy said...

To answer Joy's question....

Yeah, they are letting me attend the conference on "work time" - which is nice. There was even a plan, for about a nanosecond, for them to pay for my conference registration this year since I am presenting....but um, yeah then we got our new budget. And needless to say, that didn't happen.

Cecelia: I can't take credit for that idea. I heard an author suggest it years ago - and dang if I can remember who it was now. I loved the idea so much that I adopted it :)

Kwana said...

Have fun! I can't wait to see your post from there.