Saturday, June 5, 2010

Last Minute Details

No matter how much I think that this time it will be different, it never is. There’s always a mad dash to get everything together when I’m going away. It didn’t help that I have been going back and forth with my agent on something. No more drop it in a mailbox and forget it for awhile.

I sent her some chapters Thursday morning. Thursday afternoon they were back with some valid comments. No matter that I had things to do, I sat down and fixed the chapters right way and sent them back across cyberspace.

Friday morning the download was waiting in my mailbox. Everything was fine, just some clean up and getting rid of all the notes. I did my work and sent the file back. Linda wrote about the wonders of the Internet. It is pretty amazing how all this stuff flew back and forth from coast to coast.

Then it was back to get ready to go to Chicago for among other things, the Printers Row Book Fair. It was very exciting when a link to it showed up in my google alert because my name is in the list of authors. I’ve gone to the fair for the past two years and signed books in the Mystery Writers of America booth, but that doesn’t get your name in the program. You have to be on a panel for that.

On Saturday, June 12 at 2:30 in Digitally Lit Room 1, I will be joining Wendy Lyn Watson, Clare O’Donohue, Heather Webber and Kate Collins to discuss Mysteries with a Cozy Twist. I’d love to see anyone in the Chicago area. I’ll also be signing books in the Mystery Writers of America booth from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday.

I was going to get my stuff ready days ago. Ha! Even though I have some clothes there, I always carry a fresh supply of black tee shirts and I still have to remember my phone cord and my flash drive, then there’s my computer and all the notes for my sixth crochet mystery which I’m going to work on while I’m there, and I have to decide what crochet project I’m going to take for the plane, and figure out snacks for the plane that aren’t too big and don’t crumble too easily, and on and on.. As usual, I’m doing it all at the last minute.

What about you? Are you ready days in advance when you go on a trip? Or are you chronically last minute like me?


Anonymous said...

I love the process of getting ready. lt used to be joke that the first thing I would decide when planning a visit to my in-laws in Denver, was what handwork project I would take.
three years ago the early prep payed off big time. I packed on Sunday afternoon for a Wednesday night flight to Europe. Monday afternoon we found out the flight had been changed to Tuesday--with a full work schedule to be rearranged.
Have fun at Printer's Row, I will wave from the suburbs but have to go to a conference on Saturday.
Becky Preston

lori from otsego said...

I am most definately last minute. My husband i so organized he is ready days ahead. When we last moved he started packing the minute we knew we were going...a month in advance.

Betty Hechtman said...

Becky, I like your mindset. I am really going to try and change. Your way sounds much more relaxing. And it paid off on your European Trip.

I hope your conference is a success.

Lori, your husbands sounds like the guy to have for a move.

Camille Minichino said...

I'm the early kind. My husband knows that if we're planning to leave the house at 6 PM, he'd better be ready at 5:30!
For a trip I get my suitcase out and open many days ahead and put things in as they're ready so I'll know how much room I have and so on.

I don't think it's necessarily admirable, just a different approach.

Linda O. Johnston said...

I always try to plan in advance, Betty, but no matter how many lists I make things always seem to pop up at the last minute that are necessary. Have fun at Printer's Row--and wave to my son and d-i-l while you're in Chicago!