I came back from my annual March pilgrimage to the nation’s capital last Saturday night, and tomorrow, ten days later, I’m driving to Syracuse to get on two airplanes and go to San Diego. The rapid (for me) turnaround is because I’m giving the keynote at CARL on Friday morning. I spent most of last week working my ass off to make up for the week I took off, but now that it’s all imminent, I’ve got the same jitters I got in New Zealand — a combination of “of course I’ll be fine, I have a lot to say and I know how to say it and it’s important that it be said and people like it when I say it” and “oh, god, nothing I’ve ever thought or said is original and it’s just common sense and they’re going to think this was totally a waste of money”.
I figure both sides of my brain are right, and to quote the Miranda Lambert song currently wailing out of my MacBook’s speakers, “it takes all kinds of kinds.”
If you’re the kind of kind that thinks that listening to me verbally burning bridges and exhorting people to blow up their darlings is awesome, feel free to come listen to me talk. I’m doing it three times in the next few weeks; maybe one of these is your neck of the woods.
They’re variations on a theme, these three. Miranda’s on shuffle, and so now she’s chanting “I wish I could be a little less dramatic, like Kennedy when Camelot went down in flames, leave it to me to be holding the matches when the fire trucks show up and there’s nobody else to blame.” Yep, that too. QUIETLY FREAKING OUT? NO NOT ME WHY DO YOU ASK SHUT UP. I very nearly just sent my CARL slides off to Kenley Neufeld… then realized I’d never gone in and taken out the unprintable slides that make reference to the things I intend to quote as counterpoint. They’re still the placeholders. I mentioned they’re unprintable, right? Yeah. That’s what I nearly sent off. The boyfriend is off at the movies so I can have a quiet house to work in, so how ’bout I finish those? I think I shall.
Whether I stand up in my dress and heels and crash and burn, or inspire y’all to light a fire… come join us. It’ll be entertaining, either way.