By Paula Matter
*Deadlines as in I didn’t make mine. Well, unless I work twenty hours a day for the next week, I won’t make it. I don’t know if everyone here knows or not, but after 8-10 days of revising, I lost my manuscript. Gone. Kaput. Outta here.
I had a few people do their best to find it, but no luck. I mourned for about four days. I went through four of the five stages of grief in 96 hours. When the Geek Squad Guy couldn’t locate it, I knew I’d done all I could and I moved on into acceptance, the final stage.
Unfortunately, denial kept coming back and I’d spend time searching my computer again and again. Too much time wasted. And I was beginning to scare myself over how damned obsessive I’d become. Wasn’t pretty at all.
*Do-overs as in I wish we were still allowed them. I’d go back to September 18, 2009 7:36 PM. (A time in which I had no business being in my office because I had already worked for over 8 hours that day. And I was beyond tired, getting real close to punchy. And, no, I have no friggin’ clue what I did when I went to turn off my computer that evening. And, yes, I now have an external hard drive installed. And, yes, I certainly am getting over my obsession, thank you very much).
Anyway, that’s what I’d do if do-overs were available.
*Dedham as in Massachusetts. As in the location of the Crime Bake conference. As in I’m all registered and official.
This will be my first time attending this conference, and I’ve been looking forward to it. I know a handful of people who’ll be there and registration is capped at 225 -- a nice size. Nice as in this shy person will feel comfortable around all these new-to-me people. (I heard that, Annette! I am shy and I try to behave around new people).
Knowing well how running a conference can be, I even signed up to volunteer. As of this writing, I don’t know what I’ll be doing. Probably timekeeping during a panel. One of the options was to pick up someone at the airport. Uh uh. I’ll be lucky if I manage to get myself to the hotel in one piece. This will be my first road trip to Massachusetts by myself. I love my road trips and haven’t been on one since late June.
So. That’s my update. Whatcha y’all been up to? Who else is going to Crime Bake? Anyone else have writing horror stories to share?