Whew!

pexels-photo-189349All I can say is “Whew.”

Well, that’s not all I can say or we wouldn’t have much of a blog post here, would we? So I’ll expound a bit on that “Whew.”

Remember a week or so ago when Hurricane Matthew blew through the southeastern seaboard? That was just about the same time I was scheduled to attend an SCBWI conference in Alabama. And not just attend–I was in the program as a presenter. So I pretty much had to show up and present something.

Meanwhile, half of my extended family was fleeing the coast, leaving both Savannah and Tybee Island. Yep, we have a house on Tybee Island–I have a house on Tybee Island–and there wasn’t a lot that we could do except pray for the safety of the people in the hurricane’s path and hope the homes were still standing after the winds and water blew through.

Meanwhile, it kind of felt like a hurricane was whirling around my insides, thinking about that conference session I had to deliver. Not so much the talking part; honestly, I can talk all day about writing (um…that might be a problem when you’re on a very tight schedule) but more that I wanted the people who’d signed up for my session to feel like it was worth their time and money.

So my home made it through Hurricane Matthew with very little damage, and all my family members fared as well. Whew! And I made it through the conference session, too.

Though if I’m being honest, the session was a wee bit more nerve-wracking. Read for yourself over at the Muffin, “Observations From a First-time Presenter (Or What I’ll Do Better Next Time)” and you’ll see what I mean.

Whew.

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11 thoughts on “Whew!

  1. Cathy–I am glad your loved ones and your home came through safe and sound.

    What do you folks do after a hurricane? Drink to celebrate?

    If you, you are due for TWO sessions. One to usher out the internal hurricane. The other to usher out the physical hurricane.

  2. So glad that you and your family came through unscathed. I was concerned about the hurricane, but for other reasons. Also happy your presentation went well. The only thing I’m unhappy about is that I missed it. I would love to have been there cheering you on (and learning stuff).

  3. So happy to hear you survived that hurricane and also made a name for yourself at the conference. I’ll bet this was the first of many to come.

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