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Friday, November 2, 2012
12:00 AM | Posted by Maureen | | Edit Post
Yeah, for those of us who follow a slightly different spiritual calendar, November is our January. We start the new year in the midst of reflection and recollection, building energy as fall ends and slips into winter.
And I’m thinking of some pretty big changes over the next twelve months. For five years I’ve been going to Romantic Times Booklovers Convention and most of the RWA Nationals. I’ve promoted and been a presence and I’m not giving up on these cons. But I think I need a break.
RT used to be an affordable alternative to Nationals, but anymore, it runs about the same, cost wise. Each cost about $2000. Last year I went to RomCon in Denver and had a good time, but am still looking for someplace I can go that is closer. I get really tired of flying!
So…2013. Husband and I really want to do a New England fall car tour, together. Yes, we’ve cruised in the last five years, but no real on-our-own vacation. I’ve spent the last five years going to conventions.
What does this mean? No RT. No RWA. There’s a new con starting in Las Vegas, in August, that is so affordable and being run by romance cover model Jimmy Thomas. (How affordable? $690, all inclusive – meals, hotels, all con events.) I can drive to Vegas. In less than a day. A long day, but I can do it.
I’m already signed up for a second Vegas con, Hot Mojave Knights, in October.
And with the money I save I can actually attend the San Francisco Writer’s Conference in February and hire a writing coach, put some money into self-publishing and working on the actual writing and not just the promotional aspect of my career.
The idea of not seeing my RT friends or my RWA friends is hard, but in 2014 RT is in New Orleans. RWA is in San Antonio. I can look forward to those with a renewal of energy and a new focus.
I know it’s odd to hear me backing away from conventions. I’m a big fan of them and prefer attending as many as I can. But it’s the money and energy that is waning. If I stick local for a year, I can avoid the airfare and save the money and energy. I have a friend who lives within bussing distance of the big San Francisco one and has offered me lodging.
Last year, I missed the Pirate Festival, just fell days before I had to leave for Denver and RomCon. I missed it! And it’s a free festival! Yeah, 2012 taught me a few things about how thin I was stretched.
Sometimes, evaluation is just due. A bit of a withdrawal and reflection, some new training and refocusing.
I’m still hoping you pirates all final in the Golden Heart, and if that happens, I’ll do my hardest to get to Atlanta…
We’ve all had those moments. Where you just have to reflect and reconsider. I imagine mothers find themselves in that place a fair amount of time. There is only so much a person can do.
Have you ever had to make the hard choice? Take a step back and think about what you want, how you’re getting there and evaluate just how much time, money and energy you have to give? Did you make the right decision? How do you feel about it?