Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Romanticon Checklist

Since I'm not feeling especially 'wicked' today thought I'd try to gather my thoughts enough to talk about conventions and the chaos that comes along with it. Now let me state right off that I know plenty of ladies who thrive on chaos and handle task after task with an ease that makes me slack-jawed. You people are my heroes. I've always sucked rocks at multi-tasking so needless to say that getting ready for Ellora's Cave's upcoming Romanticon has my panties in a bunch. The closer it gets to September 29, the more freaked out I become so I reckon it's time that I start making some lists just to put order to my thoughts. This being said, I know that once I board the plane that'll take me to EC Wonderland, I'll release a pent-up breath to the strains of the Hallelujah Chorus and release enough tension to sink a battleship.

That day isn't TODAY.

What I have done:  Booked the room I will share with Desiree Holt, bought plane tickets, arranged transportation from the airport to the hotel and back again.  I have bought two new pairs of jeans and some comfy shoes, mailed off a gift bag which will be given to one lucky conference attendee. NOTE: Did this Texas-y cowboy gift bag with Desiree and oh my, we have lots of goodies in it.I have bought promotional items for the swag table which includes pens (pretty blue ones), bookmarks, postcards featuring my Panther Moon cover, and magnets. Mailed those off along with the gift bag so YAY ME! I have also ordered and received a couple of Trading Cards which I plan to carry around with me and hand out willy nilly to anyone who wants one.

Still need to do: Buy a couple of cute tees to wear with my jeans, go through clothes and decide what I will be packing and FINISH A BOOK. Maybe that doesn't sound like much and it probably really ISN'T but dang it...these undone things are getting on my last nerve. To be honest, finishing the book is tops on my list and once that is finished and sent off for editing, things will begin to fall into place.

So if you are attending Romanticon, what is left on your TO DO list?


Harlie Reader said...

Mine is to cry since I'm not going. ***crying***

Harlie Reader said...

Everyone who is going have fun.

Kaily Hart said...

OMG, you're my hero. I haven't done anything yet. I did order my costumes months ago, but now I'm over them so I'm rethinking that. I have ordered some promo things but I don't have them yet. And packing? Gosh, I'll probably shop in my closet and do that the day before. Reading your post has gotten me all eager to get planning. Will be great to see you!

Kenzie Michaels said...

(wink, wink) Don't forget to hijack the plane to stop and pick me up:) Matt just laughed when I asked him...although, if the pilot's name is Matt Blue, then there's hope!!!


Have fun and don't forget to pack your camera...and USE IT!

Regina Carlysle said...

I'm sooooo damn sad you aren't coming. Start saving up for next year. We'll have a blast. I promise.

Regina Carlysle said...

HAHAHAH. Kaily...can't wait to see you. I have a gazillion LITTLE things yet to do and hey, I'm not even DOING costumes. Basic black for the evening events for me. I think when flying it's a pain in the butt to haul that stuff.

Regina Carlysle said...

I'll check the pilots name when I board, Kenzie!!!! LOL. Matt Blue, right?

Harlie Reader said...

Money's already saved its the vacation time that has to be saved for next year. **pout**

Margie said...

Sounds like you've got it together, Regina. You have accomplished a lot. Now getting the book finished is going to be the most work intensive part of the next couple weeks I am sure. I haven't started packing, but I have been putting things together in one place to facilitate packing. I am still waiting for goodies I've ordered to arrive Just decided on what pajama pants I wanted and ordered them from Ebay. The days before we leave I will be packing and baking some cookies to bring for snacks. That will be a busy week. Just can't wait for Thursday, Sept. 29th to arrive. Wish me luck for the drive to Akron. Cassandra is driving!!!!

Mia Watts said...

I'm going!!

Um let's see:
1. Finish a book
2. Finish a short story
3. Finish another short story
4. Submit all the above with the required paperwork
5. Cook five meals in advance for the kids who will be with the lame-ex
6. Pack

Pretty much that's all. I'm working on the book and one short is halfway finished already. :) See? I can do this!

AJ said...

Reg!!! You are da bomb!! I haven't done a thing except go through my jewelry to see what I'm taking..oh yeah and bought a few pairs of shoes!! I have to pack! But I'm guessing that will be like a couple of days before I leave! I can't wait!! We will have so much fun..Oh yeah I need to finish my revisions just incase they might want to see the whole SL after my pitch...And have I even practiced for the pitch?? Why NO!! LOL I can't practice!! It will just make me more nervous!!!

Jordan said...

Left to do:

Buy alkimahol
Buy another package of glow in the dark penis straws LOL
Clean out trunk
lose about 30 lbs (Yeah right!!)
find a way to get rid of my clingy friend for the weekend. _ AJ knows who I'm talking about.
YEah... that's about it.

Jordan said...

OH Jeeze Aj you made me remember, and practice my pitch. WTMF.....

Regina Carlysle said...

Harley, I hope you can wrangle the vacation time.

Regina Carlysle said...

Cookies, Margie? Cookies? I LOVE YOU!!!!!

Regina Carlysle said...

Mia honey, I think my head just exploded! If you can do all of this I'm sure I can finish this one measly book.

Regina Carlysle said...

AJ you can practice your pitch on us when we get together.

Regina Carlysle said...

Loving your list Jordan. Alcymahal. LOL

Laurann Dohner said...

I ordered promo stuff but um...I think I need more (that sound is my husband yelling "NO!" because he thinks I ordered way too much already)

I have to finish cleaning up an older book and finish writing a new book.

Get my edits done.

OMG...I forgot I have to find transportation to and from the hotel and airport! Whoops!

Buy a 3rd suitcase because I'm packing my promo items instead of sending them because I will never get it together enough to send packages that size.

Actually try ON my costumes I bought because yeah...with my luck they won't fit if I wait until I am at the hotel. LOL!

Learn how to put contacts in and out since I bought some for one of the parties...I have an eye squeemish thing so that will be fun. NOT! (WTH was I thinking buying them??? Oh yeah - they look cool...LOL!)

Go through every piece of clothing I have to decide what to take and probably end up going clothes shopping the day before I leave because I'll probably hate everything I own.

Clean my house like a demon since my mother in law is staying with the kids...and figuring out how to password protect my computer so no one can use it while I'm gone, and remembering to write out a detailed list of how to care for my kids!

I can't wait to see you!!!

Mia Watts said...


Meh, I'm not stressed about it. It'll either happen or it won't. I think you're more worked up than I am about the conference excitement which means every task will seem a little bigger. Just remember to stop and breathe every once in a while. You'll be just fine.