I have finally made flight and rental car arrangements for the Las Vegas PSWA conference. I had booked the room, but was debating whether to make it a longer road trip (from New Orleans), or to fly. The underwear bomber and the terrorists alerts have me a bit nervous, but in the end, not as nervous as spending three 8-10 hour days in the car with my two girls and the husband. Reality slapped me in the face when my husband pointed out by the time we got to Lafayette LA, driving, we could already be getting off the plane in Vegas.
It would have been interesting though- 8 hours from New Orleans to Dallas, one night in Dallas, 10 hours from Dallas to Albuquerque, one night in Albuquerque, and then 8 or so hours to Vegas. The main drawback (other than the time in the car with the family- or did I mention that?) is that we wouldn't have really gotten to see anything. Dallas is a place I would want to spend several days, as is Albuquerque.
In addition to agonizing over travel plans, I've been busy working on Jambalaya Justice, the follow up to Gumbo Justice, and had a few breakthroughs that hopefully will make the novel even better. I'm trying to get it finished and polished in time for Billie to have it out by PSWA. I saw the interview on Marilyn's blog with Mike Orenduff, and I can't wait for the Orenduff's presentation at the PSWA conference.
And of course I have to mention that in New Orleans, we're all gearing up for the Saints first visit ever to the Superbowl, and Mardi Gras a week and a half after that. There are a lot of distractions around this city normally for a writer, but this is pure insanity. Fortunately, I do insanity well.