Wednesday, September 20, 2006

ACFW Conference Here I Come


Or maybe I'll pretend to go and just chill out by myself in a Maryland hotel for a while. That way I get to avoid:

A. Planes (why did man ever feel the need to fly? It's just not natural.)
B. Crowds (I really am an introvert. I'm just really good at pretending otherwise)
C. Humiliation (which I'm sure I will experience during the late night chats I'm co-presenting).

Of course, I've already paid for the conference and plane ticket, so I will be going. And I'm actually looking forward to it in a slightly neurotic, very anxious way. I only go to one conference a year, so this is my time to be Shirlee-the-author. A time when I feel confident about who I am and what I've accomplished in the publishing world. It's a time when I get to meet new people and reconnect with friends. A time when I can sit and think and listen and learn. When I refocus and renew my passion for what I do. It's a time when I know absolutely beyond a shadow of a doubt that I'm doing what God want me to do, and that writing really is my calling and my gift.

So, yeah, I'd kind of like to find a hotel in Ocean city and spend four days at the deserted beach, but I think I'll just go ahead and get on the plane tomorrow.

Look out Dallas! Here I come!


Charlene said...

Hi, Shirlee,

I just read this and can't quite match it up completely with the warm, serene, and incredibly giving person I met at ACFW!!! You seemed so very confident and were, oh, so very helpful. Thank you so much for taking the time to listen to me moan and groan about my rejections (and, yes, I know I tend to overplay it sometimes, but that's part of the fun ;)).

I thought the chat was uber fabulous, btw. There was no need to stress at all. :)

Hope the flight home was safe,
Charlene G.

PS I'm a blogger failure, so my out-of-date YA blog is currently just a shell of good intentions. *g*

Shirlee McCoy said...


I'm glad I seem so confident. LOL

The flight home was perfect!

And don't we all need to moan and groan sometimes??


Heather Diane Tipton said...

awww I'm SO glad you came to Dallas! It just wouldn't have been the same without you! I mean what trip wouldn't be complete without the famous author Shirlee McCoy making fun of me?? :o)