In 18 hours I will be on a flight for Vegas, for the TVwriter Summer Conference. I will be alone on an airplane for the first time ever. And for the first time in about 12 years, I will be going away on a biz trip/conference.
I'm pretty nervous, since I'm actually fairly shy and not a huge fan of going on a trip where I don't know anyone. But working in this biz has taught me to bite the bullet. It just would be a lot easier if I had just one friend coming with me. I hate looking like a dork, and I hate those awkward first couple of minutes of introductions.
Believe it or not, I'm also going to miss my kiddies. They've been laying on the guilt pretty thick. One minute they're like, "Mom, if you sell your TV show can we have a bigger house and bigger rooms?" and the next minute they're like, "We'd rather be poor and have you stay home ALL THE TIME."
I'm not sure how this trip will help me sell my series, but I do feel like it's a good idea for me to network with other people who are trying to break into TV and also to get some advice from those who have been there.
So, I'm excited, but nervous. The timing stinks, of course, what with school coming up, but there never seems to be a good time to get away. I know there aren't any good excuses for why I shouldn't go, so I'm going. But there's just a small part of me wondering "what the hell are you doing, girl?"