Margo wrote:We're going to be there four full days, right? Plus one evening and one morning? We've got five clear winners in the preferences. How about we schedule two things for the first full day and one thing for the other full days? And after that we just improvise based on what comes up in conversation and from our writing while we're there. Maybe a topic comes up over lunch and people want to go back to one of the rooms and talk about that for an hour or a good workshop makes people want to do another coffee shop writing session. We can wing it.
This is another great suggestion. I guess it all depends on how much free time v. workshop time people want.
(I may ramble and babble here for a bit, so hang with me for a minute.) The big reason why I've been thinking of more sessions is because I don't want to be left with too much free time. First of all, and I know this varies for everyone, but I'm not coming to Vegas to see Vegas. I'm coming to hang with you guys and talk writing and pick your brains and actually make real life writer friends cause I don't have any of those. I worry (note the choice of words: this is truly just a worry) that if we only have an hour or so in the morning scheduled, we'll be left wandering around the hotel/strip for the rest of day, not knowing where to find other Bransforumers and feeling a little lost. I don't want to miss out on time with you guys and writing and having this be an amazing writer's retreat where we make awesome friends.
Now I know I'm being paranoid here. I've had some bad experiences with being left out and I have an anxiety disorder so I tend to panic like this. (Yes, that means you guys can shut me up and say I'm overreacting if necessary.) I just want to make sure that we can have a way to make sure that if we want to plan an impromptu workshop or Writing Bash, everyone hears about it and can make their decision whether to join up or duck out - or we have a place that we know other Bransforumers who are looking to hang/chat/write/discuss will be so that no one's left wondering where the other writers disappeared to.
So, all of that said and my fear/worries out in the open...I don't really care how many sessions we actually plan. I'll let the majority rule on that. For me, the more the better, but I know I'm probably a minority on that one. I'd love nothing more than to spend almost the entire week with y'all talking writing and shopping and writing and doing writerly things.
<deep, cleansing breath>