Ready or Not, Here I Go

I guess this is it. No turning back now. Tomorrow morning, bright and EARLY, I hop a plane for San Francisco for my first ever RWA National Conference. I managed to keep the nerves at bay until yesterday. Then out of nowhere – BAM! – they hit me like a ton of bricks.

I’ve always had a nervous stomach, but I realize now I haven’t had much to be nervous about in a long time. The last time I was this nervous was probably the first time I got on stage to introduce an act. There’s been less happy nervous occasions since, but I’m already a hot mess so lets not dwell on those.

I know it’s irrational, but I haven’t been rational (about anything) for over 24 hours now. The packing is done, hamster-sitter found, house semi-clean. Everything is under control. So why do I feel out of control? Huh? Can you tell me that?!

Sorry. *breathes deeply* I’m fine. Really I am. Or I will be as soon as I get on that plane tomorrow. Anyone have any top-notch, can’t-miss remedies for nerves? What do you do to keep from tossing your cookies (or in my case Jell-O) all over the place? Any techniques for freak-out prevention?

PS: What could I have possibly to Mother Nature for her to send an earthquake to California the day before I get there?!?!?!

7 thoughts on “Ready or Not, Here I Go”

  1. Diana says:

    OK, TERRI, JUST BREATHE! Any self-respecting Cali would know that the earthquake was in SoCal, a good 8 hours from SF, which means, you wouldn’t even feel it at all. Not at all. And you’re nervous because you’ll be meeting tons of fantastic people who just happen to be authors, editors, or agents. But mostly, you should be excited to see so many Bon Bons in one gathering (just not that excited, cuz I won’t be there.)

    Breathe deep. You’ll be fine.

  2. Marnee Jo says:

    Hang in there, girlie. Deep breaths, you’re going to have a blast. 🙂

    Oh, did I mention I’m completely jealous?

  3. J.K. Coi says:

    *waving* BYE! Bring back lots of pictures, stories and happy exciting memories!

  4. I, like Marnee, am totally jealous! But I understand your nerves. Thinking about going next year does start a flutter in my stomach. Back when I was heavy into acting deep breathing was always a plus. Copious amounts of prayer worked too. And I always just closed my eyes and imagined a blank wall. If you’re concentrating on a ablank wall it’s hard to think of anything else. Also, do not eat away the nerves! My former size four begs you!lol. Eating away nerves is fun in the moment…but not so much later…

  5. Oh, not that anyone but me would think to eat away the nerves.lol. And I hope you have a blast and a safe flight!

  6. I’d be just like you beforehand. Now that you’re there, I imagine the energy you’re experiencing right this minute is amazing. What fun to meet cyberfriends and real, live authors! You’ll do great, because you are great!

    (And maybe you can be my tour guide next year if I save my pennies)

  7. terrio says:

    Thanks to all of you for taking the time to calm me down. So sorry I didn’t get to comment before now but I did read all these and it helped.

    Di – I swear I’m not bad at geography but for some reason I know nothing about California. LOL! But San Fran was beautiful and I even got lucky and had the best weather for my sightseeing excursion.

    Marn – Next year, you’re coming if I have to come up there and get you!

    Kelly – I actually can’t eat when I’m nervous so no worries there. Of course, that means I came home really hungry. LOL! Mary and Steph were awesome and you better be there next year too!

    Maggie – I’ll send all my pennies your way too if it’ll mean getting you there. It’s like a four day slumber party and I miss everyone already! Thanks so much for all the sweet words. And the fun pictures. LOL!

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