How to Prepare for a Conference, The Chaos Theory
You all know I have procrastinator tendencies and would rather pants an entire novel than plot it out detail-by-grueling-detail. So it shouldn’t come as a shock that I’m the same way when preparing for trips and conferences.
I have been getting excited over attending the First Annual SoCal Christian Writers Conference since Nadine Brandes (check out her blog and links here) and I planned on going together months ago. Seems like plenty of time to prepare, right? Well, the last 36 hours have been a tad chaotic, like The Hunt for Red October or that scene in Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls when he wakes strapped to a raft that’s headed over a waterfall. Maybe a bit less dramatic and flashy, and with no A-List actors in sight, but here’s how I decided to prep for a writers’ conference the day before:
-caffeine . . . would I ever let you or myself down?
-plotted out the closest coffee shop to the train station in L.A. (priorities)
-went to a doctor’s appointment because, sure, I’ve had a year to do it and want to get that off my mind the day before leaving town. Seems smart.
-got sustenance for the trip
-packed my bag (finished about an hour ago)
-started/finished/edited one of the chapters that I will be presenting to publishers, friends, and agents.
-went to Staples to print out copies of the aforementioned chapter (I got back 20 minutes ago)
-realized that I’m running out of space in my bag due to snacks and books. Also, is there room for clothing?
-purchased my train ticket (success!!!)
-figured out what dorm Nadine and I are rooming in after they tried to separate us. You can never break up the team!!
-spent an hour debating if I should use paperclips or staples for my samples of my current work in progress.
-penned a letter to self reminding self to stop procrastinating.
And did I mention that I’m working on a last-minute blog post about procrastinating everything before my train, which leaves in about an hour? I would like my award for best pantser delivered to my home, thank you very much.
But despite the craziness of the past two days, I am so excited to travel up to L.A., hang with Nadine, eat all the Oreos and drink all the coffee/chai in the cafeteria, and just meet other amazing writers. No matter if I’m up for all hours of the night and wide awake at the crack of dawn, conferences have this amazing way of rejuvenating me and putting that spark of excitement back into my writing. Here’s to the next week of adventuring!
Be sure to follow my Instagram and other accounts during the trip for updates!