Thursday, March 4, 2010
MY $120 MISTAKE
I've made lots of mistakes in my life, and I swear it's made me a better, stronger, wiser (sometimes poor-er) person. And this one I've got to share.
See, I'm super excited about my trip to Charlottesville, Virginia, later this month (March 19-21), for Virginia Festival of the Book, where I'll be on a panel called Terrific Kids' Novels Adults Will Love Too , with fellow authors Kathy Erskine, Fran Cannon Slayton, Sara Lewis Holmes and Sue Corbett.
But. I'm NOT so excited about the nine hour drive.
Now, I am no stranger to road trips, and usually lovelovelove to drive, because I can listen to books and work out plot problems and put my cell phone to good use.
It's just that THIS nine hour drive will come after an evening event the night before, and I'll have to get up super early, and by the time I get there it will be supper time, and I will be worn out and bedraggled from the road -- and really I was just thinking of roomie Amy Brecount White when I started looking for flights into Richmond, VA, which is only an hour away from Charlottesville.
Imagine my glee when I found a $99 flight, which I booked right away! One-way, because I have a school visit near Knoxville, TN, the Monday after the Festival, and really, Knoxville is on the way home, so no biggee, right? I'll just rent a car and drive home. And it will be great, because I can stay with my sister, and the drive will be broken into two days, and it will just be Fabulous. Wonderful. Brilliant!
...until I checked in with the rental car companies. Turns out, it costs A LOT to rent a car one way. The cheapest I could find was a$.50 fee PER MILE on top of the daily rate (around $50). We're talking $600 or more, people! CRAZY TOWN!
So... guess who's driving to Charlottesville, after all? And guess who gets my nonrefundable $120 with taxes/fees airline ticket? Oh, DELTA, you DO own the skies, don't you??
In other news, check out what I have to say about learning from loss on Jenny Moss's blog. And check out this recent review of LEAVING GEE'S BEND at Muddy Puddle Musings.
Now, hopping in my car for a short 2.5 hour ride to Florence, Alabama, where I will shack up with writing compatriot/dear friend Pat Weaver, then visit Central School tomorrow... and sign books at Sherlock's Books in Lebanon, TN, 1-4 pm Saturday. Happy weekend to all!