Today, I head off on a solo road trip.
To save money, I'm driving seven hours to the ACFW conference in St. Louis. I've Googled directions, Map Quest for a back up, and AAA online trip tik to check for road issues.
I have a few cd's of past writing conferences to keep my mind alert.
Cruise control is my friend.
Drivers in a hurry are not my friends. Also impatient local drivers who know where they are going, and expect me to know the same then cut me off to communicate said impatience, are not my friends.
I have allowed the day to land at my destination. I expect to get lost a few times and be forced to call my techy teen at home to bale me out and direct me back to the road I somehow turned off of. These adventures can make great fodder for stories and awesome pictures.
Speaking of the which, I have my AAA card. I hate changing tires. I have my umbrella. Soggy Mary's can get grumpy. I'm wearing comfy grunge clothes and promise to change into conference attire after I check in for the conference. I have my iced tea, a healthy lunch packed, and a bag of junk food. A well balanced meal is essential (wink)
I also have a full bottle of windshield washer solvent. The bugs are bound to decorate my windshield.
I've packed plenty of nervous energy, bottled in separate containers to have enough for each agent or editor appointment. I also have my one sheet with me. This is the paper containing all essential information I should be saying about my manuscript. Comes in real handy when the remote to my head mutes my voice.
While I made sure to pack the necessary garments and information, I also packed my Bible. This gem and the Author are what will get me through the conference.
It doesn't matter if I don't get a contract from an agent or requests to send my manuscript. God knows what I'm ready for. What I need is to say what He wants me to say and do what He wants me to do.
This is the verse I am taking to the conference with me. The Apostle Paul wrote this to Timothy:
"Do not neglect the gift that is in you...Meditate on these things. Give yourself entirely to them, that your progress may be evident to all." I Timothy 4:14-15
My dad always said if there was trouble to be had, he knew I would be there. Notice I am the only one misbehaving in this photo at last year's ACFW?
So while this cat is away, reader, what do you mice plan to do?