Current Project: Nine-book series and a novella
Status: Making progress
It's been awhile since I struggled to find a blog topic--but I struggled today! I finally ended up looking through my old blogs for ideas. With RWA National Conference only a couple months away, the subject of conferences struck me as appropriate. So I rewrote a piece about my first conference...
I invite you to put on your newbie writer hat and shoes and step into the time machine. We're going to flashback to circa 1992 in Eugene, Oregon. Their now-disbanded Romance Writers of America chapter was about 100 members strong and hosting a three-day conference leaning toward the paranormal.
Butterflies of excitement and trepidation fluttered in my introvert heart. As I neared the registration area, someone smiled and directed me to the right table.
Soon I was wearing a name tag, clutching a workshop schedule and had a bag of goodies slung over my shoulder. I had officially declared my status as a writer!
The days of the conference passed in a blur of wonder, crammed with workshops, fantasy creatures and telling my future by numerology. However, the biggest thrill was meeting other writers who had their stories published! They shared their experiences, their wisdom, their horror stories of what to avoid. I felt like I had known these sisters (and a few brothers) for years, bound by the bond of writing.
When the conference ended, I didn't want to leave this magical place, but I yearned to get home to write! Finally, I waved goodbye to one more new friend and walked out the doors--a different person than I was three days earlier. I had begun an exciting new journey.
Do you remember your first experience at a writers' conference? Or are you still looking forward to that milestone? Please share a story or two!