Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Will I See You at ALA Annual?
Writing this post feels wrong on so many levels.
As I said in my blog birthday post, I distinctly remember reading tweets about ALA Annual last summer, wishing I was there but knowing I would never get to attend anything of the sort until I left my mother and father's parental care. So, when I casually mentioned ALA to my dad, saying we should make a trip out because Chicago is relatively close to my home in Indianapolis, I was barely serious and did not even consider anything coming of it. But when his vacation-planner instincts kicked in, the possibility grew closer and closer and soon we were purchasing tickets. Since then, I have been trying to wrap my brain around the fact that I am going to ALA, but it is so surreal that it just has not hit me yet. I suppose it would be best to just come out and say it.
I am attending ALA.
I drive out tomorrow evening and will be in the exhibit hall on Friday and Saturday, so you should contact me if you will be there too. You will most likely find me with Willa and my dad, and we would love to meet you!
I am so, so grateful for this opportunity (Dad, if you are reading this, thank you. The amount of thank yous I have for you is innumerable.) and I cannot wait to talk to bloggers because they are essentially all amazing and people in publishing because watching them at work will hopefully provide insight into what their highly appealing jobs include. This is career research! I can already feel the excited bookish spirit palpable in the atmosphere, assuring me that this is the industry I need to enter, and I know the two days I spend inside of it will be phenomenal.
I hope to see you there!