Saturday, July 16, 2011

Overcoming adversity

The Chautauqua Writer Workshop kicks off this evening with the opening banquet.

My scheduled flight gave me just enough time to change before it starts, so I spent much of last night debating whether to pack my dress in my suitcase or whether to figure out a way to carry it on. I had this horrible, unshakable feeling something would go wrong, most likely that my luggage wouldn't arrive, given a short layover in O'Hare. How important was the dress?

Turns out it doesn't matter, because the thing that went wrong wasn't with the luggage. It's with the flight. It was canceled.

Instead of madly dashing through O'Hare, I'm sitting in Omaha waiting to start my journey. I'll arrive four hours late and miss the banquet completely. But at least I'll be there in time to socialize with the other people staying at my hotel, familiarize myself with my schedule and other orientation materials, and, most importantly, to begin the workshop itself tomorrow morning.

All thanks to the heroic efforts of my husband, who spent an hour on the phone getting me rebooked this morning.

So here's to an amazing week. I'm sure it will be all the better simply because it actually happened.


  1. Great attitude. Life works that way. It throws you a wrinkle, then makes up for it in the most unexpected way. I figure it this way. Going to C is an amazing gift you give yourself. Enjoy it.

  2. The best stories are those where a few unexpected problems crop up right?Good luck and have fun, I look forward to hearing about CWW.

  3. Sorry tohear that, but at least you've been pre-disastered, nothing but blue skies form here...

    Moody Writing

  4. Ah, that's disappointing, but I hope you're happily there by now and that it rocks.

  5. Oh, I'm so sorry! But I can't wait to hear about the rest of the week. I have considered attending and want to know if you think its worth all the time and money! :)

  6. Hope it turns out to be a wonderful week. Look forward to hearing about it. Followed you to your blog from twitter. Stop by and say hello - my blog is

  7. The upshot was that I got to share a van ride from the airport to Chautauqua with renowned picture book author Sneed Collard III and his family. Definitely worth the hassle. :)

  8. Have a great time! Can't wait to hear about it - I've always wanted to attend, but it hasn't been in the cards yet.