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Getting Ready To Leave Town

Filed under: Musings on Being a Writer — Laura Moncur @ 2:18 pm

Last year at this time, I was getting ready to go to Las Vegas to cover CES. It was the first time I had a press pass and I was so excited. I wanted to prove myself as a writer and I worked so hard last year that I’m not very excited about going this year. CES has become a big chore in my mind. Now that I feel like I’m a writer, I’m not looking forward to going.

I keep telling myself that I can work as little or as much as I want. I’m self-employed. That’s the beauty of it. I can’t cover everything. It’s not physically possible, but I can write about what interests me. I think my brain is a little broken. CES has become one big job for me instead of a fun party.

Comdex was like one big party for me. Even though it was all work-related, I didn’t stress out about it. That’s what I need from CES. I need it to feel like a big party where I get to touch all those cool prototypes that will probably never make it to the production line. That’s what Comdex was for me, but CES hasn’t felt like that yet.

I remember back in 1993, my goal at Comdex was to, “get me some of that virtual reality that everyone is talking about.” Sun Microsystems had a funny thing that you put on your head and played with for about thirty seconds before the person behind you in line poked you with a stick. I remember waiting in line for about an hour to see that virtual reality stuff. Strangely, it wasn’t a disappointment.

Maybe my problem with CES is that I don’t have a goal. My goal last year was to prove that I was a writer. I don’t know who I was proving it to. I already had a press pass. I guess I was proving it to myself. This year, I already believe I’m a writer. I don’t need to prove anything to anyone.

Back in 1993, I wanted to get me some of that virtual reality stuff that everyone is talking about, but right now, there is nothing that I want to experience first hand that I haven’t already. I’m still waiting for virtual reality to get here already…


1 Comment »

  1. I can relate to your sentiments. Last year I got my first press pass to a conference in Vegas. I worked really hard while I’m there. I didn’t go to networking parties. I was in my hotel writing! The resulting article in Connect was great to stay on task and for my career. I know what you mean especially about wanting to cover everything. Now I need another publication to write for. I like online articles but I wish I had a print magazine too. I hope it’s more exciting than it sounds like you think it will be! At least you’ll be in warm Las Vegas instead of cold Utah. Janet

    Comment by Janet — 1/2/2007 @ 5:03 pm

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