Look How Slowly I’m Twitching

I’m not typically a spastic person. In fact, most people would say Iā€™m the opposite of spastic to the point of being annoyingly laid back. I’ve attended the RWA National conference on three previous occasions, always with the joy and excitement of getting to hang with my friends for four or five days, but never the manic condition from which I’m currently suffering.
My conference binder!
I’ve shot past subdued excitement, crossed through mild nausea, and landed in full on monkey brain (to steal a term from my conference roomie.) To compensate, I’m organizing to the Nth degree. I have a binder. A BINDER! I’ve never created a binder before. (Reminds me, I need to put the loose leaf paper in the binder.)
I did a pre-pack trial run and spent the last week planning how the final pack would go. (Anal much?) Then last night the actual packing began, but it’s like the rough draft of packing. I see much revisions and re-packs in my future.
I’ve created a schedule in Word and Excel, printed a version of each for the binder, and then printed smaller versions of the Excel file to slip into my badge each day. I’ve created a packing list that details every piece of clothing I’m taking, as well as toiletries and incidentals.
I’ve watched packing videos, read countless blogs with conference tips, and even have a map of the area surrounding the hotel. (In the binder, of course.) Tickets for Disneyland have been purchased (thank you, Mo!) and at this point, I think I’m ready.
Then I remember I’m pitching and my hair is too short and I plan to wear my contacts but I know they’re going to kill me and I’m meeting my agent for the first time and editors and holy crap when am I going to sleep???
Really. I’m fine. It’s just another conference, right?
How you doin’ this week? Anyone else looking for a place to hide?

11 thoughts on “Look How Slowly I’m Twitching”

  1. I’m doing better these past few days and even wrote 600 bright and shiny new words on the new story idea last night.

    Think I’m planning a write-in weekend. šŸ™‚

    I’m so excited for you and seriously depressed that I can’t be there with you.

  2. TerriOsburn says:

    I’m depressed you won’t be there too! But shiny new words are good. Whoot!

    I thought of you when I put my binder together. Not nearly as organized as yours, but it’s a start. šŸ™‚

  3. Sabrina Shields says:

    I’m so proud of your binder! šŸ™‚

  4. Meg Benjamin says:

    Terri, use the Agenda Builder thingy at rwa.com. It puts all your appointments in one place and it’s actually sort of fun.

  5. fsbuchler says:

    “Look How Slowly I’m Twitching” I knew there were reasons why I liked you even though we have not yet met! Your wit is one of those reasons. You can stop twitching while we have breakfast next week!

  6. TerriOsburn says:

    I’ve played with that a bit, Meg, but I need to work with it more over the weekend. I basically made the same thing in Excel since I work with spreadsheets all day. But a new fun toy might help distract me over the weekend.

    Flora – I’m so looking forward to our breakfast. And not just because breakfast is my favorite meal. LOL!

  7. Maureen says:

    Well just convince everyone you aren’t twitching, you’re dancing. Maybe you’ll start a craze!

  8. Christina says:

    Hiya! Congratulations, Terri!!!!!!

    Christina aka Renee Lynn Scott

  9. TerriOsburn says:

    Hey! Long time no see. How have you been, Christina? Thank for the congrats. This is all beyond my wildest dreams and I’m already hyperventilating. šŸ™‚

  10. Christina says:

    You will do awesome! And you have a huge cheering section.

    I’ve traveled to the Christian fiction world, semi-finaled in ACFW’s Genesis (GH’s equivalent). Doing good. How about you? I expect pictures. Lots and lots of pictures. *g*

  11. TerriOsburn says:

    That’s great. Congratulations! I hope your life has settled down a little. Get any of those kids off to college yet? LOL!

    I have this final and an agent and I’m out on submission. All of which explain how fast my hair is turning silver.

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