Now I'm not one of the cool kids who gets to be there all week. I'm actually only coming up for a few days. But still, I'm so flipping excited. And I'm more than a little nervous too.
Why am I nervous? Well, let me count the ways...
1. I'm painfully shy. Shocking, I know. But I'm a voyeur, not an exhibitionist. I would prefer to sit in the corner and watch and listen than participate.
2. I'm a reader. I have been my entire life. So some of these authors are my version of rock stars. And if Adam Levine or P!nk can leave my tonguetied, I have no doubt that Maya Banks and Lora Leigh can.
3. I have a tendency to open my mouth and insert my foot a lot. And gnawing on one's toes in public isn't my idea of a good time.
4. I'm a blusher. Boy, am I ever. Let me tell you, tomato red is not an attractive color for one's face, especially my pale one.
5. I'm a klutz. We're talking an I can't walk over a flat surface without tripping and going face first into something person. How wonderful would it be to be talking to someone and be so absorbed that I walk into the wall? Well, I will probably find out this weekend.
6. I'm a giggle-snort kind of girl. Yep, this is quite possibly the most mortifying one. I have a tendency to laugh so hard that I snort. And once I snort, the laughing get worse, which makes the snorting get worse. It's a vicious cycle that leaves me with aching sides and a blood red face.
But on the flip side, if I survive all that, I get to...
1. Meet readers who may or may not have read my books. For me, that makes the entire trip worthwhile - even if I end up tripping, blushing, giggle-snorting, and/or anything else I could do that would lead to lifelong embarrassment.
2. Meet authors I adore, some of whom I've been reading for years. And yes I do have a list of people I must see at the signing. I know, I know. I'm a dork. I'm an anal dork with color-coated spreadsheets, no less.
3. See my friends. I have a few people in my life who I consider close friends. However, distance keeps us apart. And while phone calls help, getting together with them face-to-face is something I treasure.
4. Spend a little time with author-friends. Over the past year, I have developed friendships with some other authors. Seeing that we are most often locked away in our writing caves, it is exciting to get to hang out and chat with them in the real world where daylight does exist.
5. Relax! In between my panic attacks and fan-girl moments, I will have time to enjoy myself without having to sweat the small stuff.
6. Eat, drink, and be merry! My inner foodie is all about that. LOL.
So, I just have to ask. Is anyone else coming? And if so, what are you looking forward to the most? What worries you the most?
Love and cherries,
p.s. If you have a chance, come and find me. I'd love to meet you. I promise I'll be on my best behavior...Hopefully.