I'm going to say this now to get it off my chest. What a weekend! Loved every minute of every millisecond. I'm sure that makes sense in the space/time continuum somewhere. Right? Either that or I'm still very sleepy!
(I'm totally wearing the same shirt from my headshot)
The League of Utah Writers turned out to be one of the best writer gatherings I've attended yet. All because of the stupendous people who showed up. I was even reacquainted with an old friend, Kay Stevenson, who used to live in my hometown in California.
Secret's out. I'm a Cali-boy. Man. Thing.
And because I met so many awesome people, I didn't really have a chance to do much else. See this lady below? That's Amber Argyle. Not only is she one of my favorite blog authors, but a new favorite in our house, thanks to her awesome debut of WITCH SONG (her first printing sold out in less than a week, I might add). 18 months back, we shared a critique table. I read some of WITCH SONG then, and she read some of WOVEN. So, yeah. She knows about it. Embrace the jealousy.
And it wasn't long before Lisa Mangum joined us and set up shop for her fabulous THE HOURGLASS DOOR Trilogy. She's the most open and friendly author/editor I know. AND she captained our critique table. I smell a reunion!
And then there's Darren Hanson, who was brave enough to drive with me for over four hours and kept me out of trouble. He's also one of my critique group buds. He's responsible for that awesome new website I told you about recently. Watch out for this guy. He don't blog yet, but you're looking at the next Mark Zuckerberg. When it comes to authors that blog, that is.
I look more excited on the inside. Promise.
Wouldn't you believe it! I also sat next to Brenda Sills and ran into Ali Cross! Along with Abby Fowers and Jennie Bennett, they're like blogger legends! Jennie helped me get over my Twitter Jitters, too. Fun. Ultra supportive. Seriously. I'll just say it. We're BBBFLs (Best Blogger Buds For Life!)! So good to see you!
This, my friends, is the power of networking. Of paying it forward. Four years ago was my first convention, and I was a shy little dude. But it's people, like the above, that make the event worth while. We're here to help. You have our support. We'll give you advice if wanted.
A big hand to everyone who made this year's League of Utah Writers Roundup and rip-roaring good time!
Update: Now that WOVEN is officially handed off ...
It will go into the thermal exhaust port of one's heart or just impact the desk's surface. No matter. I look forward to the outcome. "No" is not the end of the world.
But it is the end of this one ...
(Poor Alderaan ...)
In the mean time, I get to research more contacts if "no" is the answer and start a new book. What should it be? I know! MG magic or zombies? I have a tasteful and killer idea for both of them (respectively). What's that? Zombies, you ask? I know. I don't write horror or things like that. But this idea. I might have to run with it!
Magic or Zombies? What do you want? I can do either.
I'm David, and my X-Wing has a cup holder!