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Road Trip — Authors After Dark in Charlotte, NC
Tuesday, July 29th, 2014


Anyone live in the Charlotte area? Next week, I’ll be there attending the Authors After Dark conference. For those of you planning to attend, I hope you’ll stop me if you see wandering the halls of the Westin hotel! And for those of you who are planning on being at the booksigning on Saturday from 1-4 PM, don’t be shy about saying hello! I won’t make you buy a book just to talk to me!

Yeah, I could have flown. Might have been smarter, but my daughter is attending with me, and one of our biggest joys in life is a road trip. It’s not the destination that thrills us, it’s the chance to jabber all along the way and the opportunity for discovery. You never know what those odd, alluring highway signs advertising “America’s Only Pearl Bed” or “Quigley’s Castle” or “World’s Largest Ball of Twine”—or anything with “Flea” and “Market” in the business name—will lead you to! So what would be a one day, 12-hour drive, will take us two on either side of the conference, because we have to have our journey.

So, what kind of traveler are you? Are you like my sister, Elle James, who will drive, barely taking stops to pee, to get to her destination, or are you a dawdler/explorer like my daughter and me?

7 comments to “Road Trip — Authors After Dark in Charlotte, NC”

    · July 29th, 2014 at 8:29 am · Link

    Dawdler, With OAB perfect excuse to stop often. Hate having it but I get to see more stuff that way. We are planning on moving back to the Charlotte area. To bad we aren’t already there would love to go meet you.

  2. Pat Freely
    · July 29th, 2014 at 8:57 am · Link

    Road trip for sure. Love to stop and see different and strange things.

  3. Shirley Long
    · July 29th, 2014 at 11:45 am · Link

    I’d love to be a dawdler like you. Stopping at all the little out of the way places and checking out all the unusual “stuff”. However, my husband is more like Elle. We drove from East Texas to Atlanta. GA and stopped one time at a hole in the wall place in Cuba, Alabama. Did you even know there was a Cuba, Alabama? I certainly didn’t. Was able to get a bag of chips and a Dr. Pepper and that was it. Thankfully I was much younger then and could hold off on the pee breaks. Wouldn’t be able to do that now 😳

  4. Jane Smolen
    · July 29th, 2014 at 6:47 pm · Link

    I am not the best traveler anymore…..BUT…I am excited to finally meet you. I will be at the book signing Saturday for AAD and I will be wearing my Gargoyle bracelet you made me. I live in NC and it is only 90 miles from Greensboro to Charlotte…. :mrgreen:

  5. Pansy Petal
    · July 29th, 2014 at 10:31 pm · Link

    Depends on my state of mind at the time of travel. Sometimes I like to dawdle and sight see. But just as often, okay a little more often, I am a “let’s get there already” type.

  6. Lisa J
    · July 30th, 2014 at 8:06 am · Link

    Definitely not a dawdler. I think it’s because my sister has to stop every two seconds to pee. My mom always says I’m like a camel, so I find it annoying. Mom and I went to the Mount Rushmore a couple of years ago. We drove from the Minneapolis area to Keystone, SD, which according to MapQuest is an almost 10 hour drive, stopping for gas and something to eat once and then one more stop for gas. We made the drive in 8 hours or so (yes, I have a lead foot).

  7. Delilah
    · August 1st, 2014 at 11:48 pm · Link

    🙂 We’re either one or the other, aren’t we? For some, it’s the destination. For others, the journey.

    Jane, can’t wait to finally meet you in person. Be looking for frazzled, chubby blonde!

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