This is the week. The one I've looked forward to since last September. The one that's caused me the greatest sense of anticipation I've ever felt. Unfortunately, it's also the week that is causing me some of the greatest disappointment I've ever experienced.
The title of this blog post says it best. This week is bittersweet. It's the week of the 2011 ACFW conference.
A year ago, I attended my first ACFW conference in Denver and it was by far the highlight of my writing journey. As you all know by now, I was registered to attend and then had to cancel. This broke my heart. Still makes me cry just thinking about it. I'm remembering last year and mourning over missing out this time around on all of the fabulous teaching, getting to connect with all of my friends, and presenting my work to editors.
Wah...........sniff...sniff... (sorry, couldn't help myself)
But despite the major disappointment and sadness I'm feeling, I'm also anticipating this weekend. I can't wait to get the inside scoop from all my friends and hear the awesome testimonies and stories I know will start pouring into cyberspace starting sometime on Thursday when authors, editors, and agents start arriving in Indianapolis.
And then there's the awards banquet on Sunday evening, when all of the Genesis winners will be announced. While it would be great to actually be there (trust me, the banquet is one fabulous event!), this year, ACFW introduced something pretty cool. They are hosting a live blogging event, where those of us who can't be there can get real-time information from the banquet as the awards are being presented. That means I don't have to wait to hear the news from my crit partner - I can find out if I won my category at virtually the same time she does. Is that cool or what?
So, as bummed as I am to be missing out, I am so excited for my friends and fellow authors who are preparing for this amazing conference. I'll be thinking about those huge hugs, endless encouragement, and improptu prayers. And speaking of prayers, I will be saying my own for everyone attending. For angelic appointments, lots of laughs, fun fellowship and loads of learning. I'll also be praying for many magical moments, personal and writing-related revelation and countless contacts and contracts.
God willing, I'll be there next year. This year, I look forward to living the conference vicariously through all of the attendees.
To all of you who are going and are currently packing, finishing up those proposals, and working on your pitches, have a fabulous time! I know you will!
Don't forget to cheer really loudly when my name is announced at the awards banquet (Mystery/Thriller/Suspense category). Oh - and have some dessert for me. If it's anything like last year, the desserts will be to die for and you'll leave five pounds heavier than when you arrived.