It’s time for the Annual Dreamspinner Author’s Workshop! The plane is booked, the hotel room reserved, the plans made, the route from the airport to the hotel plotted, and I’m ready to roll.
The first time in New York in 2012 there were maybe 30 people. The second time in Chicago in 2013 there were maybe 50-70 people in attendance. And then last year in Portland, Oregon there were more than 100 people present. I can’t wait to see how many people we have in Orlando in March.
If I had to limit my travel to only one meeting per year, this would be it. The Dreamspinner family is truly awesome and I couldn’t bear the thought of missing this gathering. Two years ago when weather very nearly prevented me from getting there, I spent a small fortune to buy another plane ticket and got next to no sleep so I could be on an airplane at 6 am the day the conference started. But I made it!
Counting the days.
Sigh. I am so bummed. Mother Nature screwed me. The day I was supposed to fly to Florida we got a major snowstorm. The weather shut down everything. Nothing was moving. My office was in fact closed for two full days because of the snow. More than 90% of the flights into and out of DC were cancelled. I tried to find alternatives, thinking maybe I could take the train to New York and get on a flight there, but no. They were getting the weather worse than we were. The airline couldn’t get me out until the conference would have been 90% over. The trains were sold out and wouldn’t have gotten me there in time for the first half of the conference. So, it depressed the hell out of me. For the first time I had to miss the meeting. I didn’t get to see my friends, I didn’t get to take part in all of the conversations about how to write, trends in writing. I didn’t get to hear reports, including sales updates. I felt depressed for days while the conference was going on. We were snowed in for a couple of days just when I needed to be out doing something, anything, to take my mind off missing everything and everyone so much. Every time someone at the conference posted a photo on Facebook it was like a new punch in the gut to me. I finally had to just turn off Facebook for several days.