I’m debating going to Dallas. Now that the mortgage refinance is in the process of being finalized and my debt about to be wiped clean (hallelujah!), I can now think about saving up for Dallas. I’d like to go, but it’s a bit contingent on how many of my chapter-mates plan on attending. I find my enjoyment seems to be in direct proportion to the number of people I drag with me. I missed last year’s conference. And I miss that I missed last year. But then I’m looking at 2008, and it’s in San Francisco, and I really, really, REALLY want to go to that one, maybe even go a little early and get in some sightseeing as well.
And then there’s England. I still plan on going there. I get an extra week of vacation in 2009 which means I could take two weeks for England and still have 2 weeks left. But 2009 seems so far away and I don't want to wait that long.
So the dilemma. Skip Dallas this year and save up for San Fran and England...or try to swing all three. Technically, I could probably swing all three if I really dug in and saved hard. But there’s some stuff to the house I want to do as well and I’m operating on a cash only basis from here on in to keep myself debt free, so putting any of it on credit is out of the question. I learned my lesson on that one. The hard way. A few times over. Credit cards are the devil. I have been cleansed of my sins.
Of course, if I were to sell before July then no question, I’d definitely go to Dallas. But that means getting off my posterior and getting those submissions out. (Note to self: get off posterior and get submissions ready this weekend.) And of course, if I don’t sell, then by going to Dallas I could hopefully do some networking, take some meetings, have my people call their people...make something happen.
Sigh...so many variables. I must ponder.
Meanwhile, a few updates:
Thanks everyone for the birthday wishes. I had a great day. Three of my buds that I used to work with swung by and surprised me at work which was really great. Then my Mom fed me baked salmon and apple crisp for supper. I was supposed to do something with a friend on the weekend but those plans fell through. Her kid was sick on Saturday and then on Sunday things didn’t pan out. So my 40th birthday weekend was pretty uneventful. Although I did refinance the mortgage and then partook in a little retail therapy.
I’ve spent this week up on the couch with Alphie, plowing through Finding Home and making good progress. It’s amazing how much I get written on the Alphie in the mornings. I’m pretty amazed when I transfer it over and watch the page count rack up. Not going back and editing until after I finish a chapter is definitely the way to go. Even if I hit a rough patch and just get down the bones of the story it’s all good, because I can go back and clean it up later. It’s wrecking hell on my regular blogging because I’m not on the computer in the morning, but I’m getting a lot done otherwise!
My sister is scheduled to go in for her C-section this Tuesday, so I’m about to be an aunt again for the fourth time. Looking forward to that. Being an aunt is such a low maintenance job. I highly recommend.
And a little news on the documentary – things are in the final stages from the sounds of it and so hopefully we’ll hear shortly on when Bravo will air it. Can’t wait!