I’ve tucked Edward Rutherfurd’s The Forest into my purse to read on the plane. I loved his Sarum and London, wasn’t so impressed with his Princes of Ireland, let’s hope The Forest is more like the first two. I feel weird about taking a book when I’m going to be getting so many in Dallas, but I need something to do while I’m hanging around for my flight, and again on the plane. And I don’t want to read a romance that’ll make me feel bad about my own writing.
I’ve backed up my computer to the family’s external hard drive, so ‘just in case’ I haven’t lost any data. I’ve put a power-on password on it, so if it’s stolen no one can use it. That won’t be much help to me if my computer is stolen, but if I can thwart a thief from enjoying his ill-gotten booty, I’m going to use any method possible. I’ve even written my name in indelible ink on a hidden spot of my laptop – this because I’ve read of people who will try to claim your laptop as theirs when you go through security.
I’ve added a collapsible nylon bag to my suitcase so I can carry back all the swag attendees are supposed to come away with.
I’ve printed out about three different versions of business cards to hand out. I’ve printed two copies of my pitch on index cards and tucked one into my purse and another into my laptop case so I can study them on the plane.
Oh, yes, and I’ve got my tickets and money, and passport.
I know I’ve forgotten something, but I just can’t think of what it is yet. I’ll find that out tomorrow either once I’ve landed, or more likely just as the plane takes off. Oh, well, I’ll deal with it, whatever it is.
**Edited/Added at 10 pm** Squeee, I’ve got my boarding pass. Air Canada introduced a new web check-in so you don’t have to stand in line at the airport. So from the comfort of home, I entered all the endless questions about passport numbers and ticket reference numbers, and how many bags I needed to check and at the end I printed out my boarding pass! Now I can bypass the check-in and go to a specific spot at the Air Canada counter and hand over my baggage. Squeee! (Yes, I do travel a lot, but generally with my husband who had an Air Canada frequent flier card that let him bypass a lot of the lineups.)
Hopefully I’ll be able to get online tomorrow night and tell you how the flight went, and complain about how hot it is in Dallas.
If you’re going to Dallas and are reading this, stop me and say hi. For all my friends back not going, talk to you soon!