The Penrith Prep.
I’m a firm believer in preparation – it complements my liking for order.
For those familiar with Douglas Adams’s The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, I know precisely where my towel is and never travel without it.
I am taking a pink one to Penrith.
I also carry a sick bowl in the car at all times.
Just so you know.
Since I have a predilection for prepping, I have spent the last few weeks getting organised for my first RNA Conference – I have written and entered my story for the Elizabeth Goudge Trophy, tackled a synopsis, pinned it to a first chapter and sent it to Jan Jones, and visited several BIG shops in search of the Gala Dinner dress.
I engaged Gajitman (my husband) in planning the route from Weymouth to Bristol to Birmingham to Penrith, working out times and places from where I can collect random Romaniacs, (it will be Thelma, Thelma, Louise and Louise in my red car – shades and headscarves at the ready, girls), and most importantly, I have chosen which pens and notebooks to take with me.
It will be a week of many firsts: first Conference, first one-to-one with an editor, first student flat-share and first glass of wine.
I do believe I have just told my first story about Conference.
I’m very much looking forward to seeing everyone – travel safely and enjoy the weekend. Hoot three times if you see a red Scenic on the M6 with two Thelmas
and twin Louises. But not if we’re near a cliff.