The next blog that I post here on Casablanca Authors will be the Sunday following the Romance Writers of America's national conference in Washington, DC. I'll be on my way home that day, but I know that on Saturday night I'll be pecking away at my laptop, frantically trying to get a post up before I go to bed.
It's going to be an interesting trip. Not only have I never flown anywhere by myself, but I haven't been to DC since I was about eight years old. I went to a big nursing conference in Atlanta once, but aside from that, I've never been to anything approaching the scale of this event, and this will also be my first time ever for a writer's conference of any kind. I have met a few authors in person--the May meeting of the INRWA was my first--and I felt very much like a newbie and didn't know ANYONE!
But this will be different. I've gotten to know a lot of the Casa Babes via the blogs and e-mail, and I'm looking forward to meeting all of you in person. I don't believe that any pen pals in years past could possibly have gotten closer than those of us who have communicated via the Internet. The funny thing is, I've never even spoken with most of you on the phone. In fact, I think Deb and Danielle are the only ones. Strange times we live in, huh? I'll be meeting them for the first time, too. I've at least seen pictures, so I think I'll recognize everyone, but though I have heard all of your "voices" in print, it's going to be very odd hearing your actual voices for the first time.
Another difference between this and that AACN nursing conference (which was oh, so many years ago!) is that we get to dress up! When I went with my nursing buddies to Nashville earlier this year, we went to a couple of outlet malls and they got me in a dressing room and started bringing me clothes that I would never have picked off the rack myself. And of course they told the salesladies all about my books and the upcoming event, and they joined in the fun, too. I normally wear blue all the time (blue jeans, blue scrubs, blue T-shirts, and, yes, even blue nightgowns!) and I NEVER dress up, but I came away with clothes that stick out in my closet like sore thumbs. Along with the pervasive blue, there are now splashes of yellow and green and silver. I wore one of the outfits to a wedding recently and actually felt pretty spiffy for a change.
Shoes were another difficulty. I have some foot problems and normally only wear running/walking shoes (from the MEN'S department!) and I haven't had a pair of heels on in ages. However, I managed to find some dress shoes that actually fit (thanks to the Internet!) and hopefully I won't break my neck in them.
Oh, rats! That reminds me. . . pantyhose. I'm going to have to buy some pantyhose before I go--something else I haven't done in at least ten years.
God help me!