So I arrived for the 2014 RWA conference today in San Antonio, TX and I’m already overwhelmed! The check in bag I was given at the conference registration had 10 – count’ em, 10 free books in it, along with a travel RWA mug, some pens, and a few small items of swag. 10 books! just at sign in. I’m told that every time you go to a group breakfast or dinner, you get more free books.
I didn’t pack a big enough suitcase to bring all this home!
There are soooooo many attendees at this conference. I’ll admit that is a little overwhelming as well. It takes me fifteen minutes to get to the lobby every time I leave my room because there are so many RWA people here, and not enough elevators for all of them – and that’s saying a lot because there are tons of elevators! I will also admit that I don’t necessary like to put myself out there and infringe on a group of people to introduce myself. I usually wait until ( or if,) someone introduces them self to me, before I start speaking. It’s not that I’m rude or even shy. I just don’t really ever think anyone wants to meet me.
Dumb, yes. Thy name is Margaret-Mary.
Anyway, tomorrow the conference officially starts and I am determined to introduce myself to people and to try and make a good impression on whomever I meet.
For this first night I am sitting in my absolutely fabulous hotel room, alone, penning this blog and trying to gird my loins against my inner angst at meeting new people. All my RWA- NH Chapter-mates have told me what a welcoming and wonderful group RWA is. But even so, I know I need to make the effort and put myself out there, and push myself forward.
Say a prayer for me.
Or two or three.
Heck, say a novena and be done with it.
This is me, kids…leaning in. Or trying to.