What a weekend! For those of you who went to Life, The Universe, And Everything 30, I bet your minds and bodies are as packed with awesome and as worn out as mine. To top it all off, I had a CP group after the last day (among other cool things). So! Here's the recap of my experiences at LTUE 30 (with stolen pictures - since I helped manage a table).
This is the first time I've gone to any conference where I wasn't able to attend panels. I really wanted to, but our inkPageant table was busy - just as we had hoped. I did, however, get to speak with lots of patrons of all ages and talked about what they learned. A few even took up my offer to critique their first pages. Impressive, to say the least. As a result of putting the site out for all to see, inkPageant has lots of new faces. Check it out!
I slipped away to hear the keynote address by writer and illustrator James A. Owen, an artist that I had not heard about until this weekend. That's corrected now, thanks to this little treasure I snagged from the bookstore. ------------------> Ain't that a beaut? I was in need of a dragon fix. This should do it. Best keynote address I ever heard.
It was great to have UVU (alumni) host this year. The Student Center was packed the entire weekend!
See what I mean?
With great eats nearby, finding a bite to eat (and friends to share them with) was no chore at all.
(I'm totally stealing your pictures, Donna)
Thanks to Paul Genesse, I went to the best conference dinner of my career - a pleasure to meet Mr. Owen.
(Snatched from Paul or Jess S. Smiley?)
But what did I get out of the conference most of all? The chance to mingle with my most favorite writers ever!
Amber Argyle (I'm a klepto, aren't I?)
And how about that book signing, eh? Such a great opportunity to get signatures (and a book or two).
(These are from my camera, I swear!)
And let's not forget Chantele Sedgwick!
How about Jared Peterson, Jackson Porter, and Matt Hayes? Most promising teenaged authors I know. They ran all over the place. They even took me up on my twitter offer. They found me hiding and got to hear a page of Woven. Be jealous. I'll tell you what - it takes real men to where Everneath tattoos on their face.
(Yoinked from Jared's blog)
I apologize for not giving you a rundown of the panels, but I hope you have seen how awesome it is to meet people from the writing community. And that's exactly the reason why these conferences exist. People. You can go to as many panels as you want, but true growth and pure wealth come from supporting each other.
Others I met but did not get a photo with (photo fail): Shallee McArthur, Kate Coursey, Melony Pulley, and more than I could ever hope to conceivably remember.
LTUE 31 can't come sooner. Here's to another 30!
(I promise not to steal pictures next year, savvy?)
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An explosion of new recruits have joined The Cosmic Laire this week! Here's their links. Go and say hello! (If your name is not linked, I couldn't find your blog)
Julia King (relation?)
Phew! Something tells me LTUE and Rachale Harrie's 4th Campaign had something to do with this outbreak of awesomeness! Thanks so much. See you again soon!
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UPDATE: On top of all that, I speed-read my Woven MS, using notes from the best CP ever. Why not wait until after the conference? ... I'm, uh, not at liberty to say ...
Now? I can give full focus to Dragon's again. I'm about to post an excerpt from it, so come back sometime this week. Prepare yourself for some steamy romance!
Too bad The Death Star blew up the next day ...
I'm David, and have yourself an inkPageant cookie!