Monday, March 14, 2011

Sunday Observations - One Day Late

Sunday, March 13

Hello everyone. It keeps happening. The days I want to post to my blog keep flying by before I have a chance to build my twice-a-week chat. Even today’s post is one day late. Yet, I am determined to get it written and uploaded.

Today, the subject of my ranting will cover the NOLA STARs’ Written in the Stars 2011 Conference. It officially ended for me Sunday morning when I checked out of the hotel.

It seems that the conference gets better every year. This year I enjoyed the networking and the workshops. I forced myself to get off my butt and network with other attendees.

I took a record number of photos this time. When I checked my camera, I found over 270 photos on the memory stick. Thus, I made a total pest of myself. (Big Grin)

Now, I do not know how well the photos will come out nor how many of them will appear in the Nola Stars Scrapbook. It will take me a couple of weeks to a month and a half to get them all edited. That will be one of my chores to complete before the end of April.

This time, I attended four workshops and had one agent appointment. In the agent appointment, I must have been excited because I found my mind racing a mile-a-minute. When that happens, I tend to sound like an idiot. But the agent asked me to send her the first 50 pages of my manuscript when I get it finished. This will be the incentive I needed to get my backside back in the chair and start working on the edits to my book.

The first workshop I attended covered what was needed to create a critique group. Kassy Paris
did a great job explaining the do’s and don’t’s of putting together a critique group.

Then came the workshop on strategic career planning for romance writers by Alexis Walker. She gave an excellent workshop on planning out one’s goals. I will be implementing the ones I remember into my goals planning.

Now, the one I really needed was the workshop on “sprucing up your humor with funny stuff.” I know I have a good sense of humor but integrating it into my writing has turned out to be a chore. Darynda Jones explained ways that an author can integrate humor in his/her writing. The handout she gave us shows over 14 methods of adding humor.

The final workshop of my day covered plotting a series. Delilah Devlin and Elle James gave the basics of putting together a series. This caught my attention in that I have several series in the works. It also showed me that I have more work to do when it comes to my series

All-in-all, I came away a bit more knowledgeable and inspired. I am ready to work on my writing. I plan to work on my series ‘bibles’ to flesh out the information for my books.

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