Conferences are often the brunt of jokes. You know how it is — the annual conference in Vegas that’s little more than a vacation getaway where attendees take in all the entertainment and casino opportunities, and make it to one conference session just to legitimize the trip’s expense claim. Not so for most writers’ conferences. MaybeContinue reading “Oh, wow! What a conference!”
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Every event has a highlight. For the Surrey International Writers’ Conference, it has to be after the Saturday evening’s theme banquet, when author Jack Whyte offers up his annual rendition of ‘The Hippopotamus Song’. This year’s performance was especially poignant because many of us know we almost lost Jack last year following his November 30,Continue reading “Conference Aftermath…”
More Conference Thoughts and an Inadequate Thank You
I’ve been reflecting on the people involved with the Surrey Conference. So many people! They all had an impact on how I experienced the conference and yet many of them I didn’t directly encounter. For every visible contribution there were at least ten more from behind the scenes, and every one was important to theContinue reading “More Conference Thoughts and an Inadequate Thank You”
One Writer’s Admission and a Giveaway
. Fifty-three. That’s how many books I have on a particular shelf in my office, and that doesn’t include reference books or any borrowed from the library. All of them tell me how to write a novel. I counted them because I thought it would bolster my confidence. After all, if I’ve read that manyContinue reading “One Writer’s Admission and a Giveaway”
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 helpingsContinue reading “Unresponsive Brain Cells Don’t Matter, Do They?”
Conference Time! Yaaaay!
Today has finally arrived! My camera and I are headed for the Surrey International Writers’ Conference with sessions today through Sunday. Talk about awesome! My choice of Master Class for this evening’s session is James Scott Bell’s “Next Level Fiction”. Over the next three days there are more than seventy workshops to choose from, allContinue reading “Conference Time! Yaaaay!”
A Quote of Note
Found on Jessica Page Morrell‘s blog yesterday: “Forget inspiration. Habit is more dependable. Habit will sustain you whether you’re inspired or not. Habit will help you finish and polish your stories. Inspiration won’t. Habit is persistence in practice.” ~ Octavia Butler In my opinion, that’s worth memorizing! .