If you are a regular reader of my blog then you know it is a habit of mine to make a fool of myself. Let's call this piece of advice: Let's save Kasie from looking like a fool....again. Here's how you can help. This advice is mainly for the people I will be seeing this week at the LTUE conference, but seeing how at some point in the future it is very likely that I will meet all of you, the following will be quite helpful.
*Please wear a name tag. On your name tag include: The picture you have as your "avatar" on twitter or on your blog. If this picture is an animal or flower or stack of books, then it is even more necessary. Next write your screen name. Again, if your screen name is something like "hotbookluvr" or "I kill people with my pen but those people are all fake", this would be good to know. Under that should be your real name. And finally, how you phonetically pronounce your real name. (For example, my name is spelled Kasie, but many of you might not know that it is pronounced K. C.) Will all this information on a name tag ensure that I will be staring at your chest for a long, uncomfortable moment of silence. Why yes, yes it will, but at least I will know who you are and how to say your name.
*Next, if I am not wearing my glasses and you are more than ten feet away from me, please expect that I will have absolutely no idea who you are. You could be one of my closest friends and I will just wave like an idiot thinking, I have no idea who that is. Much like when you are talking to your grandma whose hearing aides are turned down and you have to yell at the top of your lungs so she can hear you, make sure you get into my vision bubble if you want me to remember having seen you.
*If you do not like to be hugged, hold up finger crosses because I'm known to attack.
Of course I don't expect you to do any of this. It is basically just my warning to you that I will probably pronounce all your names wrong and imagine you as the pet dog used as your profile pic. :) For those of you who aren't going, I hope to run into you somewhere in the real world one day--maybe at your book signings. And for those who are, I am so excited to meet you!
I probably won't be blogging the rest of the week while I'm away at the conference. Mainly because I'm thinking *cough* about leaving *gag* my computer *sniffle* at home...........maybe........