This year is my first GRL. The whole event has kind of snuck up on me. Don’t get me wrong, I have ordered pens, and little bags, and postcards, and we’ve talked about prizes as giveaways. I’ve spent time talking to Amber and Stephani about our storyteller panel. We even wrote a book each in a trilogy that will be ready for print just before GRL starts. But, it only seems like yesterday that I booked mine and hubby’s places and suddenly we’re a month away.
My nerves have started to kick in a little. The usual stuff, who will want to meet me anyway, what do I say to people when I see them… the concerns of a newbie I guess… I still live in that awkward bubble where half of me can’t believe I’m actually a writer and make a living from it, and the other half keeps smacking me around and demanding I get with the plan.
What I can’t wait to happen: Meeting the authors that I have been chatting to online, talking to the readers who have contacted me to say they want to meet me, quiet times with my friends. I can’t wait to spend time with people who love writing in the genre and where there is absolutely no judgement. I don’t think I will hear someone say to me, *why don’t you write normal stuff*, in the week I am in Atlanta!
What I’m dreading: f****d up sleep patterns, no one coming to my table, saying something stupid (very likely), and a few other things I won’t write down! Self doubt is part of the Writer’s condition… I read that on Tumblr and it’s probably one of the truest things I have read.
I’m excited, and nervous, then excited again. Luckily Texas 4 is taking up my brain power in the next few weeks so I have less thought-space to worry about things. Then, when T4 is off with the editor I will peer over the top of my writer’s cave and suddenly it will only be a couple of days to GRL. Then watch me freak out!
For anyone attending GRL, I kinda like hugs… just saying… :)
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