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Home > Columns > Writer on the Verge > Writer on the Verge

Conference Overload

Wait. Conference Overload? It hasn’t even started yet! I haven’t even packed. How can I already be overloaded? I haven’t even shopped for the new pair of pants and two sweaters I’ll need. I haven’t been to the hairdresser! I’ll go tomorrow, finally, thank goodness, and I’ll get a manicure and pedicure while I’m there. And I’ll have to drop off the dry cleaning and pick up two prescriptions before I go to the hairdresser. No, there’s not enough time. I’ll have to get the prescriptions after the hairdresser. Hmm. Maybe I can get the prescriptions Monday night after work. Note to self: check pharmacy hours.

I need more batteries for my camera. And I’d better take my tape recorder in case there are any emergency brainstorming sessions while I’m there.

Thank goodness I bought a new suitcase last week. I’ll need it. But I haven’t begun to pack yet. And I’ve still got to finish making cards for my blog group to hand out–a few thousand should cover it–and whoa! I need new earrings! One of my silver hoops broke.

Overload? Yeah! By the time I actually get to conference, it’ll be like a vacation compared to the weeks spent preparing to get there! One good thing is that for the first time in recent memory, I’m not signed up for an editor/agent appointment. That means I might actually be able to relax, see my friends, meet in the bar, sleep. Oh yeah, I need some sleep.

But not yet. Must make a list. Must not forget flat iron. And bling. Oh yeah, the earrings. Got to buy new earrings.

And don’t forget to pack my postcards. I ordered postcards to show everyone my new book cover. Wait. I talked about my book cover last month here on the blog but I didn’t get a chance to show it off. So here’s a sneak peek …

Isn’t it beautiful? I love it! (You can click on the cover to get a better look. You’ll want to see the cat up close. He looks very suspicious.)

Now I just need to find a place in my suitcase for three hundred postcards so I can show it off to everyone else in the world. Will three hundred be enough? I hope I don’t go over the baggage weight limit. Note to self: check airline baggage weight limit. Sigh.

Anyone else on conference overload? Anyone else excited about conference? Anyone panicking over editor/agent appointments? (Take some deep breaths. Try to remember they’re regular people like you and me. I know, easier said than done.)

Only one more week to go and we’ll be in San Francisco! Then I can finally get some sleep!

Kate Carlisle writes The Bibliophile Mysteries for NAL. Her first book, HOMICIDE IN HARDCOVER, comes out in February 2009.

10 Comments

  • Anonymous
    on July 26, 2008

    Great cover — I am glad you said to click to get the large version otherwise I’d have missed all the sweet details.

    Have fun in SF!

  • Anonymous
    on July 21, 2008

    Okay, seriously, I have to UNPACK first and then pack. I can’t find the box with my shoes, so I have my pick of running shoes or flip-flops. And my new closet is smaller than my old closet so I don’t even want to think about just buying a new pair because where would I put them should I ever find the box with the rest of my shoes.

    Great cover!

  • Anonymous
    on July 18, 2008

    Oh Kitty, I feel your pain! But you’ll definitely need a sweater in SF, even if you just stay inside the hotel. They’re always air-conditioned and the workshop rooms are usually even colder. Brrr!

    Once we’re there, we can relax, right? Well, sort of. 🙂

  • Anonymous
    on July 18, 2008

    LOL! Oh my GOSH this is exactly what my last week has been like! I’m making lists of everything that needs to be done, purchased, packed, but I can’t see how it’s all going to happen. I may just have to resign myself to being freezing cold for four days because I don’t know where I’m going to find time to go shopping for a nice sweater/jacket. My husband IM’d me with the great news that he has Monday off and we can play for three days and for the first time EVER, I wanted to weep at such news! LOL! I can’t wait till we get there so all the prep work will be OVER – regardless of what we forgot! LOL!

    AWESOME book cover, Kate!!
    Love, Kitty 🙂

  • Anonymous
    on July 18, 2008

    Michele. Dear girl. Of COURSE you need matching accessories! If you stress about nothing else, you MUST stress about this!

    Snork! You always look fabulous! 🙂 I’m so looking forward to seeing you at conference!!

  • Anonymous
    on July 18, 2008

    Ritual packing, Maureen? Does this involve holy water? You’re scaring me!! LOL. And the mall on the weekend?? Are you insane??? Don’t do it!!

    But glad I could help with the earrings. 🙂

  • Anonymous
    on July 18, 2008

    Ah, darnit. So, not only do I still have to find shoes…I still have to find matching accessories too! Now, I’m stressing.

    I might be running into you guys at the mall this weekend… LOL

    LOVE your cover, Kate!

    See you at conference…

    M.

  • Anonymous
    on July 18, 2008

    Whoa….right there with ya, Kate!! And…..thanks to your blog, I realized my favorite hoops are broken!! I need new ones. Damn it. Tomorrow. Or maybe Monday. No not Monday, the ritual packing begins Monday. Tomorrow. For sure. Probably. Weekend at the mall? Nightmare.

  • Anonymous
    on July 18, 2008

    Thanks, Jen!! I love your attitude! But, uh, you always look fabulous, so I’m afraid I can’t afford to follow your devil-may-care lead. I MUST have the right sweater or my life will be ruined! LOL

    Can’t wait to see you in SF!!!

  • Anonymous
    on July 18, 2008

    Kate I love the cover and I can’t wait to read the book!

    I think that cat knows something about the knife.

    Conferenc overload? I’m past that too WHATEVER! If I don’t have the right shoes, earrings or sweater, tough luck.

    Looking forward to seeing you in SF!

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