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Monday, May 7, 2012

Jumping in With Both Feet

This past weekend I attended the LDStorymakers Conference and had a blast! This was my first outing as a "writer." Remember, I have only been out of the writing closet for a very short time and I have only discussed my book with one person. It was so great to meet other writers and to learn some extremely valuable skills. I came home super motivated to continue writing my book and found out my laptop charging cord had broken!!! My book is on my laptop so this created a problem. Enter Amazon Prime and I will have a new cord tomorrow morning. Hooray! Once again Amazon Prime saves my life, or the day.

The week leading up to the conference sucked! I was supposed to head up with Ruth on Thursday to attend a dinner that night and then stay for the conference on Thursday and Friday. However, my daughter got sick on Tuesday. I took her to the doctor and they suspected Strep or influenza. Not good. We were waiting for the results to decide if I could go or not. My husband is deployed and my mom can't afford to get sick so I couldn't leave my kids with her if my daughter was still sick. Thursday  morning I call the doctor and both tests are negative. Woo-hoo! Then I decided to look down at my foot which had been hurting for the last day and I saw what looked to be an insect bite on my toe and red streaks shooting up my foot. I bailed on Ruth for dinner that night and cancelled the conference for Friday. Long story short: Dr., infection, blood work, antibiotics, swelling, spreading, and finally good enough for me to head up on Friday evening. That night I met some great people, we hung out, and we even got to go see a rooftop concert featuring Peter Breinholt, whom we all thought we knew but it turns out he was not who we were expecting. It was still fun.

The conference was amazing. I was fortunate to have Ruth around to guide me and provide me with an instant group of friends. I can't imagine entering into that world alone. I roomed with some really great people and we stayed up way too late, laughed way too hard, and had way too much fun. I learned some really great things and I am ready to get serious about writing my novel. I have now confessed my passion to my husband who is fully supportive and that makes me happy because he will now push me and encourage me.

I have no pictures because I don't have a point-and-shoot and I didn't want to lug my DSLR around with me all weekend. Just imagine a lot of pictures of me with people I don't know, people I aspire to be, and me having a fun time on my much needed weekend away from my kids. The pictures might look something like this:

To those I met, it was great meeting you! To those I didn't meet, maybe next year. Thank you all for welcoming me and making me feel completely comfortable.


  1. It was so great meeting you too! We had some good times, didn't we?!

    1. Yes we did! We need to for sure get a writer's retreat going this summer!