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As the Nerves Set In…

Posted on July 21, 2012 in RWA, Travel by Deborah Wright

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!

Today’s Moment of Zen

Posted on April 19, 2012 in Travel by Deborah Wright


Sunset off St. Barts, 2011

Dreaming of the Sun

Posted on January 30, 2012 in Travel by Deborah Wright

This year Mr. W and I have made the decision not to travel for long vacations. Doesn’t mean we won’t do any traveling, just that we won’t be spending a lot of time and money going to far off places. It also means we won’t be escaping the winter doldrums, either. Sigh

No matter how much I love the coldyes, I am a bit odd, why do you ask?–there comes a point during every winter in the Pacific Northwest when I miss the sun. Since we won’t be seeking the sun this winter, I decided to start sharing photos of trips past. Maybe the memory of heat and light will suffice for awhile. One can hope.

The following pictures are from the Caribbean cruise we took last March aboard Silversea’s Silver Cloud. We’ve taken several cruises (on other cruise lines), but this quickly became our favorite ship. The pictures are of the dockside at Roseau, Dominica on March 7, 2011. Enjoy!

Roseau, Dominica (3/7/2011)

Roseau, Dominica (3/7/2011)

Roseau, Dominica (3/7/2011)