Almost ready…

This week is abso-freakin-lutely crazy. And that’s an understatement. Two college courses plus a writer’s e-course all started yesterday and I’m already behind. The e-course is fantastic but talk about a lot of info. The first lecture was over 30 pages. And we’ll have two of those a week. It’s DEEP EDITING by Margie Lawson and the reason I’m doing this on top of everything else is because I KNOW taking this course will make me a better writer. Between Donald Maass and Margie Lawson, how can I go wrong?!

But the big deal is this weekend. My first conference. I’m so excited. I’m also nervous but not as much as I would be if I were pitching. The book just isn’t near finished enough to try pitching it. I haven’t completely decided not to try but I’m 95% convinced I shouldn’t. I’m taking a pitching workshop Friday so I’ll wait and decide that night.

The main thing is not forgetting anything. Yes, we tie back into my CRS. I ALWAYS forget something. I’ve done so much traveling in the last few years I’ve gotten better but still not a 100% remember rate. Here’s my list:

Hygiene necessities
Folder in which to collect handouts
Bag to carry around notebooks and folder
Business Cards
Flash – with WIP so I can work (yeah right)
New digital camera (Whoohoo!)

What am I forgetting? Any conference veterans out there with tips? Something I’d never think to bring but would be miserable without? Anyone else going to the New Jersey Writers Conference this weekend? If you’ve been to any conferences, please share some stories. We’d love to hear them!

8 thoughts on “Almost ready…”

  1. MsHellion says:


    Hey, you never know.

    I’m optimistic.

  2. Tessa Dare says:

    Make sure you have empty space in your suitcase, or a spare duffel or something… you’ll have a lot of books and free stuff to tote home.

    Have a great time!

  3. terrio says:

    Hellion – I appreciate the optimism but it’s highly unlikely. I may slip one into the purse. You never know. But the box stays here. LOL!

    Tessa – I’ll be driving which means I can fill every nook and cranny in my truck with books. I can fill the entire truck bed if I want. Well, leaving enough room for two suitcases….

  4. I hope you have a great time. And I’ll want the gory details. Are you bringing anything to read (not that you’ll have time)?

  5. terrio says:

    The book I’m reading right now is actually “How to Write the Breakout Novel” by Donald Maass so I do plan on taking that for sure. And I’ll most likely take the Kasey Micheals I’m working on but I doubt I’ll ever open it. LOL!

    Details will be forthcoming. In fact, a full report will show up on the new blog – on Monday. But don’t wait to check it out. Sin is blogging about sex tomorrow. That’s well worth tuning in…LOL!

  6. TiffinaC says:

    pens! don’t forget the pens!

    I so wish I was going…sigh!

  7. terrio says:

    I always have one pen in my person but you are so right. I need to load up more. And I need to make sure that mechanical pencil in there is full of lead. You never know when you might need a pencil.

  8. Have fun! And Eloisa will be there won’t she?

    I bought Margie’s handouts online and they have had a huge impact on my writing. It’s worth the time and effort invested.

    We want all the juicy details from conference.

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