Kelly Maher


I’ve been thinking about the act of traveling a lot this week. At the beginning of the week, I was sorting out my budget for the coming year and figuring out which conferences I plan on attending. Right now I will be at RT, but wearing my day profession hat, and will also be going to WRW’s Spring Retreat. Under the guise of the day profession once again, I’ll also likely be at Book Expo America. Now *that* is a show I love attending. Everyone around you is there to suck up book fumes no matter how the books are generated. I’ve also got RWA tentatively on the books. I submitted a program under my alter ego with a couple of friends, and I think we have a good shot at getting accepted. If I do go to RWA, I hope to be able to participate in the massive booksigning which raises fund for literacy efforts. The last time I participated the box with my books in it had gotten stolen so I had no books to sign. Poop πŸ™

Traveling is one of the joys about attending conferences. I like the logistics of figuring out the best times for me to save the most amount of money. This doesn’t mean I’ll take the cheapest flight if the time is not to my benefit in some way. I’m willing to pay a bit more for convenience πŸ™‚ I’d be hard pressed to say what has been my favorite city to visit while attending a conference, but I admit New York City is up there. I’ve been to DC for conferences a few times, and that helped make my decision to move here a no brainer. Anaheim was really fun for the weather, and Seattle was really neat as well even though I was there in January. Honestly, the hardest part about attending conferences is finding the time to get out and explore the city a bit. What’s been your favorite city to visit while attending a conference?

Also, fingers crossed that I will have actually made it home to Chicago for the holidays by the time this posts! Winter weather makes traveling so much *fun* πŸ˜€

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