Monday, April 4, 2011

Writers' Conference

     This week I had the opportunity to attend a writers' conference. It was a birthday present to myself. I attended one last year and found lots of good information. The people at writing conferences are amazing. I seldom see groups with such genuinely nice people.

     I scheduled two interviews with agents for some projects I have been working on. They went well. I was extremely impressed with one of the agents and my dream would be to have someone like her represent my writing. She had such enthusiasm and a winning personality. She offered many good tips, so it was a successful day.

     I had been sick after our trip to Great Wolf Lodge. With 5 gazillion kids running freely, it was hardly a surprise. The entire week had been filled with doubt for me. I wasn't sure I'd make it to this event. The day of the conference I drove forever, had to find a place to get off of a major highway because I felt sick, and I got dreadfully lost. An hour late, I entered the hall where writers were busily engaged in a lecture. I found a quiet place to compose myself and met a lovely lady. Our long conversation put me in a much better frame of mind. I attended four sessions that exposed me to some very interesting speakers. I loved, loved, LOVED the session with a popular Young Adult Fantasy writer who made me feel like I could be the writer I want to be. She was awesome.

     The best part of  the day happened before I ever left the house. It was early morning. Very early! I had to stop to put new stickers on my license tag and a million other things needed me before I could leave my sleeping family. When I opened the car door I found four envelopes on the driver's seat.

     There were four cards from my precious daughters. Two were on printed cards, two were handmade. I opened two of them before I attempted to back out of the driveway, but tears began to stream down my cheeks. Fearful that I would be a mess by the time I got to the conference, I put them aside in the car and promised myself that I could enjoy them on the way home. My youngest daughter wrote, "I believe in you, Mommy." I didn't even know she knew how to spell the word "believe"! The card on the top stuck with me throughout the day. A quote from Maya Anglou said that, "the bird sings because it has a song." I held that thought with me all day as I realized that I write because I have a story. A story in my heart. Even better yet, I have four incredible daughters in my heart, forever and ever.

18 comments:

  1. How wonderful about the writer's conference. I went to one a few months ago, and it was fun but no one talked to me. Yours sounds much friendlier!

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  2. One of the wonderful reasons having daughters is the BEST!

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  3. Sounds like the writers' conference was a great experience. And the cards from your daughters? Wonderful!

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  4. Wow, that sounds like a ton of fun. Who was the young adult fantasy author who spoke?

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  5. Kessie- It was L.A.Banks. She was a wonderfully enthusiastic speaker with a great personal story. I had considered leaving prior to the last session because I was exhausted, but I had to get out of the chair in the lecture room and it was comfy enough to keep me there longer. I'm so glad I stayed. I was wide awake for the drive home and laughing at some of her comments even hours after I arrived back on the farm.
    I hope you're doing well. I look forward to hearing when your baby arrives. I didn't realize until the other day, that you're due on my b-day:)

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  6. What sweet, sweet daughters you have!!!! The conference sounds so great...really something I would like as well.

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  7. The cards made tears come to my eyes, too. What wonderful, supportive, loving, caring daughters you have.
    There is something about a conference that is energizing. It sounds like you came away with new ideas and a new spring in your step.

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  8. That is so very sweet...I feel happy tears.
    My daughter just left a note on my pillow the other night when in the midst of a large decision. It had a verse of hope on it and words of encouragement. Isn't it such a blessing?

    That conference is a super gift to yourself! Bring me along next time:))

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  9. How very sweet and I am sure you will remember it forever. I am so glad you had a nice time and I am excited about where your next road might lead. Go girl!

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  10. Oh, it's times like these I wish I had had a daughter. But -- good for you. You raised some awesome babies! :)

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  11. that is success before you ever left the driveway... :)

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  12. Patrice, I got such a good feeling about you at the conference. I believe you have much success in your future as an author. Keep believing, and keep following folks like LA Banks - she knows her stuff, and is very generous with that knowledge. Can't wait to read your first book!

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  13. So glad to hear the conference went well. And your daughters are precious to leave you such encouragement.

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  14. Patrice, what a wonderful present to have been able to give yourself. Go for it, girl!

    And how wonderful are these cards from your daughters. Wow! As another commentor said - success before you even left your home. Just lovely x

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  15. Awwwww you DO have great daughters! What a wonderful present to give to yourself. It feels so good to get a new spring one's step!

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  16. Oh how timely! I just sat today and started MY novel in earnest i.e. for realz! You have been an encouragement to me today. Thanks so much.

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  17. That is so sweet!! Happy you got to go to a conference. Sorry I haven't been over here in a while! Pitiful really!!! I've been super busy with my flower gardens: I have a big plant sale coming up. And trying to finish up some house projects before the next one comes up: sometimes I feel rather overwhelmed!!! But thanks for the fun. I enjoyed catching up on your blog some! :)

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