Welcome 2014! I’ve been looking forward to the end of 2013 for awhile now. Last year was a mixed bag for me (some good things, some bad, and some so-so) and I’m very much hoping this new year is better all around.
If nothing else, it feels like a fresh start to have the new year upon us.
Over the weekend I attended the fantastic Donald Maass Workshop: Writing 21st Century Fiction. I’m blogging today over at the Mid-Willamette Valley Romance* Writers about the highlights I took away from the workshop. Come on over and join in the conversation!
(*and other genres!)
I’m talking about my impressions from the RWA® 2012 National Conference in Anaheim at the Mid-Willamette Valley RWA Blog. Come on over and join the conversation!
So, yeah. I’m off to the RWA® National Conference in a couple of days. A week from today, I’ll be sitting at the Awards Ceremony watching the RITA® and Golden Heart® winners being announced. Nervous? Me?
Hell yeah! (Which could be why I’m awake at 5:30am on a Saturday writing this post)
Honestly, though, I think I’m more nervous about the pitching than about the award. After all, the results from the final judges have been in for weeks. It isn’t like there’s anything I can do to change that. But pitching? That’s totally under my control to screw up.
Then, of course, there’s the fact that I’ll be visible. Because I’m a Golden Heart finalist. I’ve attended three previous National conferences and always flew under the radar, so to speak. I’m an extreme introvert when I’m by myself, and at those other conferences, I was mostly by myself. I never know what to say to strangers and tend to trip over my own tongue. I’m a bit terrified I’ll make a fool out of myself.
Still, that wouldn’t be as bad as the flip-side — where I’m still invisible, even with the final. Wouldn’t that take the cake? I’m all worried about having to conquer my shyness, only to not have anyone talk to me anyway. LOL.
I’ve decided to adopt a que sera sera attitude about the conference and just try to enjoy the heck out of it. If I mess up my pitches, well, so what? It won’t be the end of the world. And no matter what, I’m going to love meeting my fellow Firebirds in person! (I think I just talked myself down from the ledge…I hope)
Now for something completely different.
Today’s Moment of Zen: Roses from my garden. Enjoy!
I have a short post today over at the Mid-Willamette Valley RWA® Blog. I’m counting down the days ’til the National Conference in Anaheim, and saying good things about my fellow GH Finalists. Why not stop by and say hello?