11:00 The Orlando Airport has to be one of the most beautiful airports in the world.
March 7 Well I did of course . . . sleep in that is. Just as well I’d almost finished my packing before falling into bed.
March 6 Did I mention the alarm clock in my room didn’t work? And my cellphone is dead and can’t be recharged in America? Ahh well . . . the inevitable happened. I woke up as breakfast was starting at the main centre. Crazy rush. In and out the shower, clothes on, makeup on with one hand and shoes on with the other. Brush through my hair as I ran out the door, grabbing my folder and keys on the way. And yes, I made the end of breakfast.
8:30 – 10:45 During Lauren’s branding class I had to slip out twice for appointments, one with an agent and one with an editor. The editor wants to see one proposal, the agent wants to see both. I’m notching up plenty homework for when I get back to S.Africa as these all need to be reformatted to meet their requirements.
8:30 After breakfast Yvonne and I went off to our continuing class, Branding Yourself for Maximum Impact. After ten minutes I had to leave for a 15-minute appointment with the acquisition editor from Revell/Baker (Vicki Crumpton).
We immediately clicked, and had a great time. She started with “I ‘m enthusiastic about this book. I have to warn you that in view of us taking Yvonne Ortega’s book as a second edition, there would be a year’s delay if we published Rise and Soar. Would this be a problem?” I assured her it would not! She then went on to say, “Well, I know your book and your writing, so let’s spend the rest of the time getting to know one another.” How awesome is that?
March 4: The day started with a rush that never eased up.
8:30 The most amazing thing happened before the working day had even begun. I was sitting at breakfast with a group of other writers, when a tall slender lady came over to me. We all have name tags hanging around our necks. Most give the name and the state where the writer is from. Mine says “Shirley Corder – South Africa.”
3rd March contd: 5 p.m. Lake Yale Conference centre is beautiful. It reminds me of Resthaven, a conference centre we used to frequent in Rhodesia many years ago, with buildings scattered amongst the trees.
1 March: The motel is comfortable. To buy lunch/supper I had to cross a busy 6-lane highway – 3 lanes in each direction. Not as easy as it sounds. I had to keep reminding myself that the cars were coming from the wrong direction. (We drive on the left in South Africa – America drives on the right.) I discovered the lead I had brought to connect my laptop to the American system fit the wall socket fine, but didn’t connect to my laptop. Panic! As my Skype connection with Rob in South Africa died, I felt so lonely and cut off from everyone.
20:30 I’m finally on the plane waiting to take off for Atlanta.
27 Feb – 8 a.m. Why does everyone keep asking if I’m excited? There’s too much to do, too much to think about. Excitement will come later.