Major conflict here. I've spent the entire weekend whining to the wife about my having to miss the national SCBWI conference, about how I had to miss presentations by Kadir Nelson and Walter Dean Myers, and twice she's suggested that next year we all go as a family. I don't wanna go as a family. I can't go as a family. SCBWI conferences simply are not family affairs. And thankfully I didn't learn that the hard way by taking my family with me to last year's conference, my first.
I'm not sure how I'm gonna manipulate myself around this one, 'cause she's all excited about the conference being in New York, and neither of us has ever been to New York, and she thinks that we can do this all together like a family conference/vacation kind of a thing. Seriously, she does.
When I attended last years SCBWI conference, there was no free time for slipping away with family to. . . go to the zoo or something. I was with the conference from early, early morning until late, late at night, four days straight.
I've been thinking about this, and I may have to do what I did last year. Then, I planned two trips, back-to-back. First, I took the family on a 4-day DC vacation. I did the family thing first — visited President Lincoln, saw the White House, rode the subway. The following weekend, I went to the national SCBWI conference.
Maybe sometime between now and February, I'll take the family on a Grand Canyon vacation, or someplace. Maybe that'll free me up to attend the New York conference.
That a plan?