And I’m scared out of my mind.
I’ve been to very few places in my life: AZ (born and raised), Maine (my aunt lived there when I was little), California (the closest place to ever do anything), Las Vegas (when my mom got remarried on drugs by an Elvis Impersonator – they were divorced months later), and an Amish city that had a flea market in Illinois (I think? I just remembered we crossed a border and we were there…maybe it was Ohio…my geography isn’t good).
My point is….this is the biggest thing I’ve done on my own. Really. And I’m so nervous, because I’ll be doing it alone.
I’m tying to stay positive. I know I’ll be on the Greyhound with wifi, so I’ll be able to keep talking to y’all…I can read and play games, and there are lots of stops. It’s an 18 hour trip, so I’m hoping I’ll even sleep.
And I hope I don’t end up sitting next to a weirdo that wants to tell me their life story. 😑
Then I’ll arrive in the heart of New York with my luggage, and hopefully since I’ll be close to the convention, grab my tickets. Then I’ll have to take a cab or Uber over to the hotel, which is in a neighboring city to keep costs down. My friend Katie is supposed to leave a key for me at the front desk when I arrive Fri morning. She’ll be at BEA. I’ll be alone still.
No reason to worry at a perfectly normal small hotel…by myself…
I have such a tight budget so I’m packing snacks and all that I might need (Monster energy drinks need to fit in my suitcase), I haven’t started packing yet, so as soon as I’m done with this post, I have to make sure I bring everything I need.
But I can’t pack too much, in case I want to bring stuff back. Do I take my books to sign, or just bookplates? How many totes will I need? WILL MY PORTABLE FLATIRON WORK AS WELL AS MY ONE AT HOME??? (I have to leave it for my mom, sigh).
But….I AM GOING TO BOOKCON! It should be fabulous right?
So why am I so scared, lol?
I’ll keep you posted but for now, thanks for letting me rant.