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Monday, April 22, 2013

So Here is the Deal With Me and Conventions

I'm going (in 9 days) to Romantic Times Convention in Kansas City.  Before this year, I had been to two conventions. One in New Jersey, a fiction writers convention, and one in New York City when RWA was there.

This year, I drove to San Antonio and went to The Naughty Sleepover. It was fabulous.  I see the values of conventions. You learn a lot, meet people doing what you're doing, and also find out what hte readers are thinking.

But here is the deal with me and conventions. I get really, really nervous.

So first of all, I will be getting up really, really early to get there.  Its going to take me two planes.  I'm a really bad flyer but since I'm doing it sans children I can always take something if I need it.  If everything goes as it should, I'll get to the hotel about lunch time.

Then if I can immediately check in, I'll go to my room.  Where I am going to feel like hiding for the entire convention.  I tried to do this at the Naughty Sleepover but since it was a small convention I thought someone might notice and forced myself out of the room.  It was a good thing I did, I had a great time.

I will have all sorts of reasons for why I am hiding in my room. I want to write. I'm tired.  I'm ____ (fill in the blank)

Why? You might ask? Because I get really scared. You see there's a reason I sit behind a computer and tell stories.  I'm shy and I have a difficult time putting myself out there.  Oh, sometimes I can fake it but to believe me when I say my heart is racing when I do.

When I relax and know you, I'm very relaxed.  I've been told I'm a pretty good friend.  But make no mistake if you see me at RT.  I'm nervous. And I'm thinking about going back to my room.


  1. I can totally relate. Felt the same way at a writer's event this past weekend. Wish I was able to go to RT to meet you. Have fun!

  2. Yeppers. I remember you leaving NY RWA before it was over. I would hide in my room with the A/C on the whole time if I could. I always feel like I'm latching on to people. I seem like I'm outgoing usually. But it's a cover up. I'm totally not.

  3. PS: At NJ RWA, I left what turned out to be a great party (or so I was told) to go back to the room and watch the Yanks get slaughtered in a play-off game. Derek Jeter broke his ankle. Good times.

  4. Actually, I'm shy....I confess it I'm shy..

    I'll stop singing now.

    Can't you guess neath this confident air is a mask that I wear cause I'm shy.

    I had to finish it. Now I'll stop singing. But it seemed pertinent.

    Oddly I'm very shy with people I don't know, or very outgoing. Never now which me will show up. I would be shy at a convention unless someone gets me drunk, then I'll be silly as can be and will probably sing.

    A lot.

  5. You know you can always call me. If you don't have my cell let me know and I'll give it to you. We should be at the hotel mid-afternoon on Tuesday. Feel free to glom on at any time.

    Most writers are introverts. As you said, there's a reason we sit behind computers and tell stories.

  6. Nobody would have known you were nervous in San Antonio. I don't do well in crowds,either, but as I go to more cons the percentage of people I know grows and I get better.I'm glad you're gettng out there and especially glad you went to San Antonio so I could meet you in person. I'm sure you'll be a wonderful at RT. As Cassandra said...most of us are like that. You're in good company. :)

  7. Thanks for posting this. I feel the same way and have yet to attend a convention. While no one who knows me would call me shy, I'm a true introvert who finds socializing exhausting (ditto for travel). It's good to hear the pay off is worth it!