How you gonna keep ’em down on the farm, once they’ve seen…Minneapolis?

Yeah, you betcha.

I’ve never been to the Twin Cities, and I confess that it seems strange to be arriving at this year’s GCLS conference in any conveyance other than a Cutlass Ciera. But as hard as we tried, we couldn’t find a nonstop Oldsmobile leaving from Charlotte on Wednesday night.

Salem even offered to pack “munchies” for the long flight, but I suspected that in HER lexicon, “munchie” was a stealth euphemism for some kind of spurious raw vegetable. And, hey? There’s a Chick-fil-A in the Charlotte airport. I know, I know…I shouldn’t patronize fast food restaurants that are run by snake-handlers or homophobes. But I try to keep politics OUT of my chicken sandwiches. Does that make me spineless and completely lacking the strength of my convictions? Or does it just mean that I REALLY like great fried chicken? Are these things mutually exclusive?

Seriously. Have you TRIED those nuggets?

Just sayin’.

But Minneapolis-bound we are — or will be in 48 hours. And I am giddy and nervous by turns. Giddy because I’m going to be surrounded by so many luminaries in the lesfic world — authors I’ve been stalking…er…reading for years — and many of the fans who have been so kind and supportive of me…the proverbial new kid on the block. Nervous because I’ll be working without a net — because I’ll be worried that my new book won’t sell — and because I’ll have to wear those damn shoes my mother lent me…don’t ask.

And if I’m VERY lucky, I might run into Rhoda Morgenstern.

If all else fails, there is a Chick-fil-A at 300 Washington Ave SE in Minneapolis…. See you there!

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2 comments

    • Carrie on June 11, 2012 at 12:36 pm
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    You’ll have a great time, stalking…I mean, visiting with everyone 🙂 By the way, I think Chick-fil-A makes just about the best chicken noodle soup in the world – and their nuggets are awesome. Have fun!

    • Beth on June 11, 2012 at 12:22 pm
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    You’re gonna rock the place! Have a great time, soak it all in and take plenty of pictures.

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