Did I meet you at the Romantic Times convention last week? Forgive me if I’m vague about this. You see, I made the brilliant decision to decaffeinate.
Yup. No caffeine for a week before (or during) the entire convention. If I DID meet you, I told you this. Repeatedly. In fact, if you’re not sure who, exactly, I am, I’m the one who told you, “I gave up caffeine for morning cardio!”
I was so self-righteous. Someone should have slapped me. Perhaps someone did. I’m really not sure.
See that picture in which I objectify men? I repaid them the kindness of taking that photo with me by describing–in detail–life sans caffeine AND my kids’ track season so far.
I attended parties. I danced. It wasn’t pretty:
I attended Jade Lee’s WEDDED IN SCANDAL wedding only to realize that these people were only pretending to get married. I cried anyway.
I spent a little time (okay, a lot of time) at the bar with friends old and new. The next day, perfectly lovely strangers came up to me and said, “You were so funny last night!” Um…was I? What did I say? What did I do?
And yet…and yet…this was one of the best conferences I’ve ever attended. Because I knew I wouldn’t have four “energy drinks” a day to sustain me, I decided at the outset to be gentle with myself. If I didn’t want to attend a workshop, I wouldn’t force it. If I wasn’t enjoying the moment, in the moment, I would walk up and leave. One day, I took two naps. TWO! Did I miss the
Most Important Workshop on Writing and Social Media EVAR?
Yeah. Probably. But there’s so much of that information at my fingertips every day. This time I wanted something different. I decided my overarching goal was to enjoy my friends and make a few new ones. That’s it. No deal-making. No pitching. Just…play time.
In passing, I sold a couple copies of my book. A bookseller asked me to come do a signing. And I showed off my crappy tattoo.
Pretty successful, I’d say.
What about you? Do you attend conventions and conferences? What do you hope to get out of them for the time and money you spend?