Drink, Write, Run

Tomorrow, I leave for four days in beautiful San Luis Obispo to attend the Central Coast Writer’s Conference with Nathan Bransford whom I have a stalkerish school-girl crush on. No worries, Nathan, I know you’re married and have that dumb baby and stuff. Sheesh. I do think the restraining order was a little over-kill, don’t you?

This is the first time that I have traveled for work or pleasure alone, and I have to say that I am looking foward to it, and not in some lame Julia Roberts way, but in a “Freaking A! I am so eating crackers in the bed and leaving my shoes and other unmentionables strewn all over the floor way!” Yes-I understand that I should get out more, but baby-steps people. It’s been a rough couple of years.

I can’t wait for decent weather so that I can run outside without carrying an oxygen tank or a gallon jug of water although my arms have never looked better. I’m hoping to get in two good long runs while out there. I’m running a half marathon in November and a full in June. I think both are an attempt to prove to myself that I’m mentally stronger than I think I am. Or maybe it is an attempt to prove to other people, “Don’t f$%k with that bitch–she’s CRAZY!” Either way-I win.

It’s intimidating to attend a Writer’s Conference. I’m actually indentfying myself as someone who writes, will finish a book and eventually publish. (God-I hope.) My end goal for the book is December 15. I want to enjoy the holidays without anything hanging over my head. Following a break, I will begin the revision and polish process.

Of course, the fact the Writer’s Conference is smack dab in the middle of a ton of wineries doesn’t hurt my motivation. I always say that a little red wine never hurt anyone in the creative process. I imagine that I will find a little seaside cafe to pour my thoughts into my laptop on my free days.

I can’t wait to take a hot air balloon ride! Yes. On Friday morning at 6:30am, I will be taking flight with John Warren of Let’s Go Ballooning. Yes, I’m taking my big Canon DSLR for this adventure! I’m actually a little, a lot, terrified of heights, but I think it’s time to stop being so afraid of falling or failing for that matter.

Finally, I would like to announce that I am joining a new blogging platform on You+Dallas. You will still be able to access content here, but as soon as I get set up on the new platform, I will be directing you there where I will be posting two text blogs and one video blog a week on Dating and Relationships. I know some of you find that ironic given the fact that I have no interest in dating anytime in the near or distant future, but hey, it just makes me a much more judgmental objective observer. In other words, it should be pretty damn funny.

I’ll see you when I get back!


About Jen Cross

Born and raised in Dallas, TX, I enjoy writing books about life in Dallas and relationships and their many ups and downs.
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