Last week, on the American Christian Fiction Writers blog, Cynthia Ruchti wrote of some of “dumbest things” she ever did at an ACFW conference. It was quite a list of not-funny-at-the-time snafus that made me giggle the entire time I read it.
She has been to far more conferences than I have, but I’ve had my own “oops” moments. Most of them I’ve shared on this site at one time or another, but here’s a quick recap:
- took a new cell phone to one of the classes, thinking I’d set the tone to mute. I hadn’t. Either time. Finally had to turn the stupid thing off.
- stuck my foot in my mouth with a major agent, did everything possible to avoid that agent for the next several conferences. And may still.
- came late to an appointment because my shoe broke and I had to run through the hotel barefoot.
- stuck my foot in my mouth with a well-known author. His response was priceless. Still get a lot of miles off that story.
- had numerous gaffs with longtime cyberfriends–not recognizing them because they didn’t look like their avatars. I expect this to be an on-going challenge.
- collapsed in front of a gazillion people just before the awards dinner opened.
- forgot my pitch and tried to ad-lib my way through an agent meeting. Forgot my characters’ names.
- stuck my foot in my mouth with yet another popular agent. At least she laughed.
Now you know why I tease about keeping my feet candy-coated. Frankly, I think I’d do far better at conferences if I left my voice at home. But the gaffs and goofs don’t erase all the great times. The friends, networks, opportunities, experiences–totally priceless.
So, I’m going to the ACFW Conference in Nashville. You coming?