|Yep, I know how Neville feels.|
Sorry about the Harry Potter references. I'm just chomping at the bit for July 15th.
I'll be honest. The conference was so busy that when I got home, I wasn't really sure where to start when it came to reviewing what went on. Where to begin? Should I start from day one and go through the whole thing, day by day? Should I break it down into categories, like food, workshops, people I met, etc? But then my inner Tina Fey rolled her eyes at me, and I figured I'd just wing it.
I'll post in a few parts, namely because my attention span rivals that of a toddler who's been given an espresso at the moment, so hang with me.
Last Monday, I was getting ready to fly to Baltimore to meet my lovely critique partner, Shelley, for the first time. Wait, let me back up a little. Before I even left, I was so overcome with excitement that I somehow managed to kick a door frame with my poor left foot, leading me to have some fascinating rainbow-colored bruises for the whole week. For a good chunk of it (the week, not the foot), I was convinced that my poor little toe was broken, but because I can put weight on it, I think I just sprained it badly. Still, I was pretty gimpy for most of the conference. Anywho, meeting Shelley could have gone a couple of ways and been super awkward since, despite knowing each other since 2009, we'd never met in person. What if we weren't compatible? What if she was a serial killer and I willingly put myself in her path? What if I annoyed the crap out of her and she couldn't wait to ship me back home on the first plane out? But, Shelley and her amazing sister, Jen, were very sweet and wonderful hosts (hostesses? That's a lot of "Ss"...), and I'm so glad I did it. I stayed over at their house on Monday night, and on Tuesday, Shelley and I drove up to Trenton to take the train into NYC.
|New York Marriott Marquis|
I'll pick up in the next post with more awesomeness!