Tomorrow I’ll get on a plane, like many other authors and fans, and make the annual pilgrimage to Bethesda, Maryland for Malice Domestic, which celebrates cozy mysteries. I have exactly 463 things on my to-do list to accomplish before then.
I have important stuff I need to do, like write five times my usual daily word count on the manuscript which is due June 1 to make up for the writing I won’t get done while I’m at Malice. I have a book release on May 30, and I have book signings to finalize, e-mails to reply to and blogs I should write before I leave, so I won’t be slammed when I return.
There are things I have to do, like getting a mani-pedi this afternoon, which I scheduled weeks ago because I thought (*hallucinated*) I’d be caught up by now and could just relax a little before I left for Malice. I can’t cancel because I already confirmed the appointment and I’m afraid the nail tech would think badly of me. I also have to pack, because I can’t wear the same outfit all weekend — and it would look shady for me to show up without luggage.
Naturally, since I’m feeling overwhelmed by all the consequential stuff I have to do, I’ve decided to obsess over something trivial. Should I take the pink feather boa to Malice with me, or is it time to give it a decent burial? (Guppy Chapter members traditionally wear boas to the Sisters in Crime Breakfast at Malice). Earlier I had draped it around my neck and was modeling it for myself in the mirror, trying to decide. I had just about talked myself into allowing it some precious real estate in my carry-on suitcase, when my husband walked in, looked at the shabby boa and asked, “Is that the nicest one they had at Dollar Tree?”
I may not be entirely proud of my boa, but I’m too cheap to buy a new one that I’ll only wear once a year for like an hour. I am a bit proud of my scarf with skulls on it, though. I think I might wear it for my panel discussion, Dynamic Duos.
Author Diane Vallere posted a picture weeks ago showing the neatly folded, color-matched ensembles she was taking to Left Coast Crime. (See Ellen’s post from Monday). I leave in less than 24 hours and so far I’ve packed some books, bookmarks and a scarf. I’m doing so much better than last year.
Post in the comments the most important item that goes in your suitcase when you travel. And feel free to weigh in on the boa, thumbs up or down?