Unresponsive Brain Cells Don’t Matter, Do They?

Information Overload’ is a reality. I know, because I’m afflicted. Just home from four days at the Surrey International Writers’ Conference and my fuzzy brain refuses to offer up coherent words for a timely post of writing inspiration. Not that it doesn’t contain lots of said inspiration. It does. It’s just that the great helpings of it acquired this weekend are nestled away in sluggish grey matter that refuses to release it. I need to go to bed! Hence, a shortened version of my weekend’s highlights:

Awesome Thursday Master Class on ‘Next Level Fiction’ with James Scott Bell

… who had the greatest gelskin for his laptop!

Daughter, Shari Green, winner of the SiWC Writing Contest, YA category.

There’s a brief podcast interview with Shari here.

Hundreds and hundreds of fellow writers, authors, editors, agents, and publishers making connections, attending workshops, sharing good ideas, good news, good fellowship, and good food.

Bottles of wine, late night gatherings, Tweeted directions.

(Of course there is no picture! Would you really expect one?)

A Silent Auction, huge Trade Show, books and bargains galore.

(I wanted one of everything!)

The Saturday evening Book Fair and its author book signings.

The annual rendition of “Mud, Mud, Glorious Mud” by Jack Whyte.

(Just ignore the bottle… a little pre-song fortification.)

There’s tons more, but eyes are glazing over. Have to sleep now.

To be continued….

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11 thoughts on “Unresponsive Brain Cells Don’t Matter, Do They?

  1. Laura Best says:

    Sounds like a marvelous time. Brain overload does take a while to settle down. Fabulous pictures. You and Shari look SO happy…and you must be SO proud of her!!!!!!! Looking forward to the next installment.

  2. Dave Ebright says:

    Congratulations to Shari – very awesome. James Scott Bell’s book The Art of War For Writers is one of the better ‘how to’ books. Glad you had a great time. As for brain overload – no worries – it’s something you get used to.

  3. Erica Vetsch says:

    So glad you had a good time, and I understand about the information overload. Going to a conference is sometimes like sipping from a fire hydrant.

    I love JSB’s laptop skin!

  4. Paul Greci says:

    I’m totally envious. It sounds like an amazing conference!! And a big congrats to Shari!!! :-) :-)

  5. Judith Robl says:

    Oh, wow!! I’m seldom at a loss for words, but… Just glad you’re home and magnificently sated.

  6. I can see that your time was jammed with lots of laughter, learning, and loving it! Glad you enjoyed and gained much from the conference. Looks like fun! Blessings to you, Carol…

  7. Shari Green says:

    Actually, I’m quite impressed with how well your brain is functioning, given the circumstances. Even now, after a good night’s sleep, I’m not sure I can come up with a coherent post-conference blog post! (But I’ll have to give it a shot….)

  8. Sounds like a great time! Thanks for sharing it with us!

  9. joylene says:

    Hi Proud Mama! Congratulations. Yes, I understand brain overload. I just returned from the Rural Writers in Residence retreat, and there is no way I can sort out my thoughts. I may even take tomorrow off too.

    Glad you enjoyed yourself. It’s great to be among writers, eh!

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  11. I’ve been reading and appreciating all your comments, thanks. I love how Erica likens attending a conference to “sipping from a fire hydrant.” Very appropriate analogy! :)

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