We've been having so much fun with our Writer Mondays that I've sort of neglected the "reader" end of this deal. So this week we start Reader Wednesdays.
So if you're a writer, rest assured, we won't stop having those fun Monday blogs that chit chat a bit about this craft we love.
But readers need love too! So I'll be posting a blog for them every Wednesday.
I'm preparing to go to the RWA National Conference next week. It's a biggie for me because I finally get to meet my London-based editor, Sally Williamson.
So, I want to look nice.
Which means shopping.
I'm not a fan of shopping. Usually, I have to bargain hunt and I don't really need many things anymore anyway. So I look at everything with a jaded-eye. Hum? Do I need this? Where will I store it? What will The Rat (my husband...strange nickname, nice guy) think of this purchase?
Usually, it's too much trouble to buy something...so I end up coming home with nothing.
But shopping for conferences is a whole different ballgame. I do not look at prices. I want to look nice, so whatever fits and makes me look pretty...Well, it goes in the cart...or to the checkout counter.
I get help. If a clerk is foolish enough to say, Are you looking for anything in particular, I snag her. And she's with me while I try on 50% of the clothing in my size.
I go to every store imaginable because when it comes to dressing for a conference I'm picky.
I dedicate a day to underwear. We all know how important the right undies are when you're trying to look your best.
I dedicate a shopping day to jewelry. (That's just for fun. Who doesn't want a whole day to weed through bobbles and sparkly things.)
Actually, I have an entire week I dedicate to underwear and accessories. Shoes. Purses. Undies. Jewelry. Panty hose. (Yes, some of us still wear them.) Hair clips. I spend hours staring at nail polish and get a pedicure.
Then there's hair dye day. A holiday for me. I get up early, drink coffee, read...watch a little TV...In other words, I don't work! I buy a starbucks coffee and spend two hours at the salon chatting with my sister (my beautician) and the other clients...and go home refreshed.
It's like I store up all the shopping and primping a girl would do for an entire year and do it all in the two weeks before a conference.
But the end result is that I typically look a few steps beyond clean. I don't look down in a workshop and curl my toes because in all the hustle and bustle of conference shopping I've forgotten to cut my toenails! LOL
I have the right color hair. A purse to match every outfit. Jewelery that sometimes caues passersby to say, Hey, nice necklace.
And that leaves me relaxed enough that I can enjoy the conference. Meet other writers. Have fun with my editors.
So that's what I'll be doing next week. A blog will pop up...I'll probably write it on Sunday. But while most of you read it I'll be have the most fun week in a romance writer's year!
Hope this Wednesday finds you comfy and happy...and reading!