I had the opportunity to attend THE BEST WRITERS CONFERENCE EVER at the beginning of August. Some of you have heard parts of these shenanigans, but no one has yet heard the ending (or seen the pictures).
FIASCO #1 – Costume conundrums
I attended Realm Makers for the first time last year and had a blast. My costume was weak, so this year I decided to go all out. I have a fondness for Toothless, the night fury from How To Train Your Dragon, because he’s a dragon that acts like a cat. 🙂 And since Donita K Paul was attending the conference, I decided what would be more appropriate to wear than a dragon costume when the Dragon Lady herself was going to be there.
I found a women’s costume online that was reasonably priced. It was meant to be a short, sexy dress costume, but I figured I’d order the largest size they had and wear it as a jacket.
It came in and was good quality, made of some heavy felt-like material (not at all stretchy). THANK GOODNESS I tried it on two weeks prior to the conference because here it is in the picture
and here it is on my 9 year old daughter
So when they said it was an “ADULT” costume, they meant it was an ADULT costume. Yes, I know. Should have seen that one coming all day long. <sigh>
So I bought a black hoodie, a bunch of material, and spent 8 hours making my own, which turned out pretty cute if I do say so myself. Now Minion 2 and I will both be night furies for Halloween, Minion 1 wants to go as Astrid, and my husband just shakes his head in embarrassment that his wife is such a dork. (I told him that technically, the word is geek.)
And that it could have been worse. I could have gone as a minion.
FIASCO #2 – Identity Crisis
Then the afternoon before I leave for the conference, I’m shopping at Kohl’s to pick up a few last minute items. Because I don’t have my Kohl’s card with me, they look up the number and ask to see my driver’s license. I search through my purse and IT IS NOT THERE.
How am I going to board a plane the next morning when I don’t have a driver’s license? My passport has been expired since 2000. I have no other photo ID.
I generally don’t freak out when it comes to crisis situations, but this time I am freaking out. It’s 3:30 pm. Do I need to run home and tear my house apart looking for my license? Do I need to run to the DMV to get a new one? I mean, really, how screwed am I?
I called the airline. Here’s the crazy thing: did you know that all it takes to fly is 2 forms of ID? Like a credit card and a social security card or birth certificate? Crazy, right?
I tore my house and car apart looking for my ID. I didn’t find it, but I did run across my driver’s license from before we moved two years ago. Wrong address, but the thing wasn’t expired. So I won’t tell you what I did, but let’s just say I never had to show anyone my SS card.
The last place I knew I had my ID was when I took Grace Bridges to Space Center Houston. I felt relatively confident that I must have left it in their gift store on accident. So I called them while I was on my way to the airport (August 6), but they said they didn’t have it. No joy.
When I got back from the conference, I had a letter dated July 30 from Space Center Houston saying that they had found my ID in the gift shop and would I please contact them to arrange for its return. Which I promptly did, but still haven’t received it. But hey, at least it’s found! One day, dear license, we will be reunited!!!
The moral of the story? I can’t really say, but I do know that finding out my license was missing BEFORE I got to the airport was a God thing. How often do people ask to see your ID? Generally, only when I get pulled over for a traffic violation or when I try to board a plane. I am grateful that God used the department store instead of either of the other two. Had I gotten to the airport without knowing it was gone, I would have missed my flight.
The conference was fantastic. The costumes at the banquet were phenomenal. It was so much fun to have so many people so dressed up all in one place. I learned a lot, connected with some writer friends I’d never met in person, reconnected with others, and had an all-around fantastic time. I can’t wait to go back next year.
AND, I got to hang out with several of my critique group. Two of our non-spec members even drove four hours out of their way to come see us.
I’ll leave with some parting pictures, but before I do…
TELL ME: If you went to Realm Makers, did you experience any fiascos? If you didn’t attend, have you ever had a costume malfunction or lost your license?