1. Call for papers comes out.
"That looks so interesting, and the conference is in a cool place! I have to submit something. Do I have something already written? Nah, but the New Direction will spur me to do better work."
2. Acceptances/rejections come out.
If I didn't get in: Mildly sad, then "Oh, well, that's a relief."
If I did get in: "Hooray, hooray! So excited to go and present this work that I haven't written yet."
3. Months intervening.
"I'm doing the research, but I really ought to write the paper well ahead. Nah, I've got this Deadline on Another Thing- Crisis Level Admin Task - Teaching and prep - Papers to Grade. I have lots of time."
4. A couple of months or weeks before the conference.
"I said I'd write about WHAT? Who wrote this proposal?"
5. Near the conference dates, but please, Flying Spaghetti Monster, not on the plane.
Write write write write write.
6. At the conference before the panel.
Please let it go well please let it go well please let it go well.
"I will never put myself through this level of stress again. I will write all papers months in advance, hand to FSM."
7. At the conference after the panel.
Huge relief, like exiting a roller coaster. Turn into Sally Field: "They liked it! They really liked it!"
8. Browsing the announcements tables.
"Hey, that looks like a really interesting conference, and it would stretch my work in new directions. When's the deadline for the call for papers?