Making A List And Checking It Twice…Or Not

I board a flight for Anaheim, CA in eleven days. That’s less than two weeks. Roughly 264 hours. Or 15,840 minutes. Though depending on when you read this, that number could be substantially lower. Suffice it to say, it’s not long now.
At this point I should have a list. Some reference sheet where I can mark off all the things I’ve yet to do. Another for all the things I need to take. Another for all the places I need to be and when I need to be there. Do I have these lists?
Of course not. Gah!
I will. I mean, I intend to have them. A couple are even started already. Mostly in my head. Not the most reliable place to keep them, as there’s a giant hole in there that things fall through never to be seen (or remembered) again. But it’s a system.
I’ve picked out all the clothes and I’m good to go there. Five pairs of shoes is more than I’ve ever taken, but priorities change when you go from being one who will blend into the crowd and become as noticeable as the dusty fake palm tree in the corner of the lobby to one who will be on display and couldn’t blend in short of finding and Invisibility Cloak. (Should that be capitalized? I’m leaving it either way.)
You may have noticed by now I’m a little frazzled. I feel like that life-changing phone call came five minutes ago. Where did those four months go??
Just so you don’t think I’ve squandered that time, I have finished revisions on the manuscript, landed an agent (that is so fun to say) and now that agent is sending that manuscript around to editors. *insert eye twitch here* I’m also charging ahead to write the next book, which is coming along nicely. These facts are the ones that will keep me sane for the next eleven days.

Because when all this hoopla is over, there are still characters to meet and stories to plot and books to write. So that’s what I’m doing. But I’ll get to those lists. Eventually.

13 thoughts on “Making A List And Checking It Twice…Or Not”

  1. PJ says:

    I’m so flippin’ excited for you!!! (and so disappointed that I can’t be there to cheer for you in person):(

    Before I attended my first RWA National conference, Anna Campbell told me to create a spreadsheet for each day of the conference and list all (ALL!) meetings, parties, lunches, brunches, breakfasts, dinners, cocktail appointments (well, you get idea…pretty much everything) on that spreadsheet. One copy went into my suitcase, one copy went into my purse and one copy was folded and tucked into my conference name badge. It was my lifesaver!

    Enjoy all the anticipation and all the hoopla and all the sheer joy of being a GH Finalist but do not forget the list!

    Have fun, Terri! Can’t wait to hear all about it!

  2. TerriOsburn says:

    I do have a schedule going in Word, PJ. I’ll transfer it over to a spreadsheet before I go. Though the RWA site is offering an Agenda building this year and it’s pretty darn cool. I might play with that. And it lets you print a version for your badge holder. Such a cool new feature!

    It won’t be the same without you. There won’t be nearly enough of my Bon Bons there this year.

  3. I’m so excited for you! I can’t believe it’s only 11 days! I feel like you just got the call yesterday.

    I might be stuck in some kind of time warp though. I think it’s called “Mommyland.”

    I swear, you and Chance need to take a million pictures and I need to hear all the scoop.

  4. TerriOsburn says:

    Trust me, I’m in that time warp with you, Marn. (We could do the time warp! Heh.)

    There will be lots of pictures and updates as time permits. I think I’m going to journal each night so I have a record of each day’s happenings. No way I’ll remember them all at the end.

    And I owe you an email! I’ve been writing. We need to catch up.

  5. Maureen says:

    Yeah, Terri’s great adventure! I can be the chronicler – journalist – who tags along keeping notes. With my iphone, and posting pics as long as the battery lasts!

  6. TerriOsburn says:

    We will be charging that phone A LOT.

  7. I owe you an email too. I’ve been writing too! Go us!!

  8. Janga says:

    I’m excited for you, Ter. And I’m looking forward to the pics and updates you and Maureen post. Since PJ’s not going this year, you need to take more photos than usual to fill the void. 🙂

    I did my first blog on the RITAs/GHs today, and I mentioned you and your packing. LOL

  9. TerriOsburn says:

    Thanks for the mention, Janga. Great blog. That’s like my romance reading history in one neat list. At least for the 90s anyway.

    My camera is nowhere near as good as PJ’s, but I’ll do my best.

  10. irisheyes says:

    This is so exciting Ter. You are going to have such a fun time out in sunny CA!

    I’ve been on vacation and missed the agent news. Congrats!

    Everything is moving along as it should. Take lots of pictures. Stop every once in a while, take it in, take a breath and savor the feelings.

    Where are you staying? – Anaheim is my old stomping grounds. DH worked for years at the Anaheim Marriott.

  11. TerriOsburn says:

    That’s where I’m staying! LOL! The conference is at the Anaheim Marriott that butts up against Disneyland. I’m going to Disneyland!

    I always say I’m going to take lots of pictures and then I forget. This time, I’m determined to do it. I have kiddo’s good camera and my phone in a pinch. Maybe I should tie a ribbon around my finger as a reminder…

    Thanks, Irish!

  12. irisheyes says:

    That is so cool! He was a bellman and trolley/limo driver for the Marriott while he was in college in the late 80’s, early 90’s. It’s a great hotel. I think they did away with the trolleys, though. I’m not sure how they shuttle people to and from Disneyland. You’ll have a blast.

    One of my most memorable dates with him was when he took me to the Disneyland Hotel (right next to Disneyland) to watch the dancing water show at night. It was free and we just walked along and checked out the shops, watched the light show and stopped for ice cream. Good times!

  13. TerriOsburn says:

    From what I hear, there’s a public transportation option called the ARC that runs from the hotel to the park. And to a couple other places. Plus, my roomie is from the area so she’ll have a car. We’re all set!

    That sounds like a sweet date. They had something similar inside the Opryland Hotel in Nashville. The dancing waters that were lit up and set to music. Also free and very pretty.

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