Well, I still have the badge on the blog saying that "I'll be there!" to the Catholic New Media Conference in Dallas this week, but this year, it's just going to have to be in spirit, or on Twitter, or something. A little more than a week ago, for far-too-long-to-explain-here reasons, I had to cancel all my reservations for my planned trip to this great conference.
Last year, when I followed along with several of the sessions that were streamed from Kansas City's CNMC, I had determined that I would work hard to make it happen this year. The plans did get made, but now it's not going to work out this year. Doubly sad, I was planning to see two young friends at The University of Dallas--a neice and a daughter of my best college friend. Because I won't be in Dallas, visiting them and seeing their college home won't happen.
I'm super disappointed about all of it, especially since at the CNMC I was going to get to see friends that I know, and meet many others that I know only online. The conference is going to coincide with both the Catholic Marketing Network and the Catholic Writers Guild. It's going to be a great experience for those who are going to network, learn about great books, movies and other Catholic media, and just in general soak up the atmosphere. Attending a conference the first year is often a "lost" year, getting one's bearings, etc., but I think with all the great topics and speakers and sessions, I would have gleaned a lot from attending even this first-for-me conference.
So, though I am Emily of Deep Valley sad about this (and you can read all about what that means here, in my literary pilgrimage to Betsy-Tacy land), I do hope to make the best of being at home.
The conference starts today, so if you are attending or en route, please do tweet and updating those of us at home about it. I will be following along on Twitter and Facebook. And have a great conference!