When you’re preparing and packing your stuff to go away, unless you’re going to a beach resort to literally lie on the beach all day, it can be difficult to decide what to bring. For a beach resort, you need some shorts, some tanks, a couple of bathing suits, a couple of nice shirts for the restaurants, flip-flops, and you’re good to go. Packing for conferences is another matter.
NOLA in July is going to be scorching, so, of course, I’m bringing light clothing for when I’m outside—shorts, tanks, and sandals. But the hotel will undoubtedly be ice cold. So, I’ll need long pants and hoodies with long sleeves. Something nice to go out in — but what? Light for the heat, but warm enough to be inside a restaurant. The whole thing is exhausting. But I’m just grateful that I can go, and I’m going to make the most of this trip.
Where work is concerned, I have to show people what needs to be done while I’m away, so that will be fine. Reaching my writing goals before I leave is what’s stressing me out right now. I’ll be gone for a week, so that’s one solid week in which I will get absolutely nothing done. It’s already mid-July and time waits for no one. I know that in the next few months, I will have a ton of projects happening at the same time, so I’m almost a little desperate to finish what I need to finish before GCLS.
Some writers’ friends have been going through a tough time right now with sick family members, so I just want to take a moment to wish them and their families well, and to remind everyone that the most important things in life are the things we take for granted every day.
See you all after GCLS!