Wednesday, May 14, 2008

oh good grief

Is it just me, or is everyone attending the upcoming writers' conferences a bit baffled by the money aspects? Used to be, you could send in your reservation for RT, for instance, in January or February and be assured of getting a conference registration without hassle...and a ROOM soon afterward.

NOW...they're taking advance payments IN SEPTEMBER for an APRIL conference, and you STILL might wind up in a motel 1/2 mile down the street from the convention. The next RT convention will be held at the Wyndham Orlando Resort April 22-26, 2009.

RWA - same thing - earlier and earlier, the fees are mounting - more every year, it seems, and just because you secure your reservation does NOT mean that the hotel will have you listed, even if you've checked via telephone or internet within days of arriving, just to make certain you're booked!

I love my writers' conferences. Just seems that the red tape lasts longer than the coffee breaks any more. *wry smile*

So...anyone else going next year? I have San Francisco under my belt for this year but am working on attending both conferences next year, RT in Orlando and RWA in DC. We...shall...see.


* joke from Janet* Underwear Dust

One evening a husband, thinking he was being funny, said to his wife 'Perhaps we should start washing your clothes in Slim Fast. Maybe it would take a few inches off of your butt!'

His wife was not amused, and decided that she simply couldn't let such a comment go unrewarded. The next morning the husband took a pair of underwear out of his drawer. '

What the Hell is this??' he said to himself as a little 'dust' cloud appeared when he shook them out.'

April,' he hollered into the bathroom, 'why did you put talcum powder in my underwear?'

She replied ...'It's not talcum powder......It's 'Miracle Grow'

Photo of the Day - Flood Survival Kit

(you've gotta be kidding...)

Toilet Paper......................................check

Bud Light.........................................check

Keystone Ice Beer.............................check

Budweiser........................................check

Red Dog...........................................check

Misc. other bottles of alcohol...........check

Piece of plywood to float your old lady and booze on .................check


And I repeat...

Good

Friggin'

GRIEF!

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6 Comments:

At 6:38 PM, Blogger Beth said...

Your blog is well-named.
Thanks for the laughs!

 
At 6:56 PM, Blogger Lyn Cash said...

aww - glad I could give you a chuckle or two. :)

 
At 2:28 AM, Blogger raine said...

Does that guy have his priorities straight, or what?
Lol!

 
At 3:44 AM, Blogger Sam said...

Conferences are Way too expensive for me. And it's strange how expensive they are. I work for a scientist, and his conferences are free. In fact, he gets invited to talk and they put him up in a hotel and feed him dinner.
I think I'll be a scientist in my next life. Being a writer can really suck.

 
At 10:25 AM, Blogger Lyn Cash said...

agree, Raine - LOL

Sam, agree with you, too. Trouble is, I'm not a good scientist. Not THAT great of a writer either - lol. I would sooo love to meet you at one of these conferences, though.

How's the hubby? How's your writing going?

 
At 2:10 PM, Blogger Jennifer said...

Hi Lyn,
Oh, hubby is doing much better, thank you. He will be getting a pacemaker on Monday, so that means he'll be home soon. I can't wait.
As for writing, I'm sort of in hiatus. I'm waiting to hear back from Theresa about a submission I sent in about 3 mos ago. That about sums up the writing life: Griping about expensive conferences and waiting, waiting, waiting!
:-D

 

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