Thursday, February 24, 2011

What? You Mean I can just Wear my Socks?

LTUE rocked!

I have so many notes, rubbed shoulders with so many cool writers (I even got a scary leer from one of the horror presenters—OH, WAIT! That might be bad).

But many of my writing bloggy buddies mentioned that they can’t go to a writer’s conference because of distance, money, etc.

So first, let’s talk about conferences/workshops. Did you know that you don’t actually have to leave home to participate in a conference or workshop?

It’s true! You can be a part of a conference and stay in your living room, walking around in your undies and socks (just don’t let anyone know about that).

 Not only that, but there are tons of online sites that accommodate even the most hermitost-shy writer known to man (Is hermitost a word? I think it should beor there should be some kind of treatment for it).

First, if you don’t know Elana Johnson, you’re missing out. She’s super cool and a great presenter! She and a bunch of writing buds have created the WriteOnCon. You can check it out HERE and HERE and even HERE. They did such a great job last year and it’s completely free. Plus they have events throughout the year. Did I mention they rock? They really do.

If you are looking for writing info, you can't pass up a site that's claims "Fifteen minutes long, because you're in a hurry, and we're not that smart." (I Checked out the Writing Excuses podcasts. Not only are they informative, but they are entertaining as well. This is especially good for new writers who are learning the craft of writing (there is a craft. Trust me. It’s almost as fun as macraméwhich... I can’t do).

Then there is Muse. I have never attended this conference before…ever…but I remember one of my blogging buddies mention it last year (plus it's the name of an awesome band--but that has nothing to do with writing).  Muse is a totally free online conference. That’s all I know friends. Let me know if any of you have attended and what you got out of it.

There you have it, a few places to start right in the comfort of your own home. Cool, huh?

Don’t forget, you can do it! Now go get dressed (or know- the whole comfort thing) and get started.

Have you attended any online conferences/workshops and how did they go?

Monday, February 14, 2011

Life, the Universe, and Everything... *happy sigh*

If you haven't heard from me this week, it's because I'm Here:
at the LTUE or Life, the Universe & Everything conference.

Yes, it's the kickoff of many fine conferences. So I'm unplugging this week to prepare and mingle with other writes. I'm way excited.

Here are a few things I've packed in the past, and highly recommend to anyone attending a conference this year:

MnMs (because I have a noisy stomach and really, no one wants to be startled by that thing!)

Pencils (even a pen, because I have broken a pencil a time or two and writing with plain wood just doesn’t work well. I did try to chew off the wood, but I had wood shavings stuck in my teeth for a week!)

Paper (To write on… and make spit wads to launch at people who are making me jealous). (j/k I would never do that, and that incident in New York last year - Not me.)

Crackers (Please see MnM’s above).

Notebook (At the conference last year I brought home piles and piles of notes! I expect the same today).

Deodorant (this one is pretty self explanatory).

Couple of chocolate bars (because chocolate is the magical food made by tiny magical creatures from a magical land *sigh * and it’s so, so good!)

A little extra coinage (for silly things like, food, bottled water, gas for car – stuff like that).

Antacid (There is a funny story behind this, I promise, but just not enough time to disclose. So sorry, and if you’ve heard the story * head hung low * you have my deepest sympathies).

So there you have it! My list of stuff that I will be dragging through the halls with other devoted writers, breathing in the fumes of excitement and hope. If you see me, feel free to ask for a handful of MnM’s, hopefully I haven’t eaten them all yet, but it is very possible that I still have a few good sheets of paper left for spit wads.

Are you planning for any conferences this year?

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

It's really me....really. Promise.

Okay, so here's the thing. I changed my email.

I know!!!! I know. What were you thinking?

Well, a year (or so) ago, I was a contributor to a book that was published in our local market.  It was a great experience and so wonderful to get my name out there on a real book shelf (honestly, it's in the book and not on the cover....but I'll take it).

The gal who put the book together emailed everyone to let them know that she was approved for a second book and wanted us to contribute again (if we wanted).

But guess who got my email?  Carolynwrites.  Not CarolynVwrites. See the difference?  (It's little, but it could save your life---please see video below)

So I never had the opportunity to contribute. (Carolynwrites, on the other hand, may be in that book. I guess I'll find out when the second book comes out.)

I blew it off, thinking, "Well, another opportunity will come around again." (Or else I'd be in the corner weeping with a bag of chocolate chips in my hand.) But then I found out more and more people were emailing Carolynwrites and not CarolynVwrites. So, I decided to change my email address. I hope this doesn't ruin our relationship. *looking longingly up with puppy dog eyes*

And to you, Carolynwrites. Thank you for your patience with receiving all my emails. Although I would really like to know what we are doing for girl scouts next week (if you want, you could at help out on the booth. Just saying).

See? It's small, but it makes a big difference. *sigh* 

Have a great week everyone.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Under Construction

So, weirdness is happening on my blog and we are going under construction for the next few days.

I hope to be back by Thursday. If not, please send some cookies my way (you know to help with the stress).

Thanks bloggy friends.

NOTE: Just found out that I was a no-reply blogger for a day. It just about killed me. I didn't get mails from anyone! I quickly changed that. Whew. *wiping forehead* That was a nightmare!  

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Come on! Will You Just Put That Book Down?????

Self:  So, you totally slept in today.

Me: Hey, it was only a few minutes.

Self: Yeah. But your eyes are blood shot and your hair... I mean...Look at your hair. Don't you believe in brushing?

Me: *evil glare at Self while setting cup of orange juice down on table* Well...if you hadn't gotten so wrapped up in that book last night, I might not have gotten to bed so late.

Self: *looking down at table, blushing a little*   OH... Well   *nervous laugh*  That...well...

Me:  Don't blame me for sleeping in.

Self: *fidgeting with gross thing on table that didn't get cleaned off from late night reading* I have a weakness. I'm sorry.

Me: *sighing* Fine. You're forgiven. *running fingers through hair, but stopping short when finding big mat of tangle* That was a great book though.

Self:Yeah, it was.

Me: So....*super long pause* what book do you want to read tonight?

Self: Oh, I have a list.

So I finished Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card last night. So good!  Unfortunately, I didn't get this post ready until this morning (or worked on my writing assignments for class, or studied for my final tomorrow, or panicked about the dentist appointment today--oh wait, that's a good one).

Have you ever gotten lost in a book? If so, which one?

Oh, and by the way, this is for my kids.... Need I say more? (you guys crack me up!)