Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Charting A Course for New Story Ventures, Busier Than A Hectic Space Bee, and My Last Month In Pictures!

Hey, guys! I logged off longer than I meant to. There was a lot to catch up on in the old personal quarters, and many events where the results were nothing short of dizzying. I was told that once you publish a book, life will never be the same again. You could say I've had something of an adjustment period, balancing promotion and marketing on top of an overloaded matrix of work and family life.

All is falling into place; I'm finally finding my footing again.

That said, some doors are opening to possible new stories. I'll be investing some time fomenting ideas, including some short stories. With my zombie novel on submission and still tinkering on a sequel for Woven, having something for me to do is never in short supply.

I've had these new ideas in my head for some time. It will be great to see how these stories will unfold on paper. Stay tuned, my friends.

Now, I have some pictures, most of which were not taken by me and I don't recall who took what. For credit, you know who you are:

First is our signing in Las Vegas. We had a really good turnout, and I was amazed by a few who traveled a long way just to see us, including some of my dearest friends from High School that I haven't seen in almost ten years.

You can't do Vegas without a feast! We went to the World Carnival buffet at the Rio. Needless to say we ate like kings that night. You can start laughing now. Or be hungry. You can take your pick.

I really should do more trips like this. I was lucky to be a passenger, which made it possible to cram many words on the road. I may have spotted a zombie or two out the window ...
We even stopped to lunch with a group of writers from southern Utah. These are some of the finest writers (and humans) I know. It was an honor to share a slice with them.

And then, there was Storymakers 2015! There is this new convention center in Provo, and I got to say it is a wonderful building. It was able to hold all of the conference's needs and over 700 folks.

 Authors who Donut!
 J. Scott Savage knows the way to my heart ...
 Selfie with J. A. Bennett (and photo bomber).
 Signing a copy of Woven to Mr. Brandon Mull!
 Chill'n with Darci Cole at the signing!

And that's just the tip of the asteroid. It's super easy for me to get so caught up in the moment that I never think to take my camera out. I'm lucky for these shots and grateful for those who took them and are letting me share. One day I'll have a more efficient camera and maybe let a professional photographer catch those moments.

Have a good week, guys. That's what I'm aiming for. :)

Do you do writer's conferences and go to author events when you can? What's your favorite. Want me to come to your area?

I'm David, and "you kids won't last one day out in the Scorch!"


  1. You look very busy. Next time you are in Vegas, check out the buffet at "The Wicked Spoon." I love it there :)

  2. Looks like a great time! And you caught up with some cool authors.

  3. Glad you're back :). Sounds like you had a great time while on hiatus. I hope there are many more excellent conferences for you.

  4. You have been crazy busy! Sounds like what goes on around here.

    Hope your new ideas start to pan out into more publishing deals!

  5. Looks like you had an awesome time! Hope all of the new ideas go well. :)

  6. Looks like a fantastic trip! Somebody likes donuts....

    I don't know how often you make it to Vegas, but I've got a food tip for ya. We stayed at the Rio for almost a week about a year ago. Their buffet is good, BUT the buffet at Paris is outstanding. The beauty of it is that you can purchase a 24 hour buffet at The Rio or Paris or any of the participating casino/hotels and then eat at any of them. As you can imagine, we tried a lot of them out. Paris blows them all away.

  7. Oh, it all looks like so much fun, and I have heard SO MANY GOOD THINGS about the LDStorymakers Conference every year, I'm wondering if I should plan on flying to Utah next year as an attendee. And OMG, Brandon Mull. I would either fan girl and embarrass myself -- or be too shy even to approach him. Probably the latter.

  8. Life on the road looks fun! Glad to hear there are some new stories knocking around in the old noggin. After loving your A-Z posts I downloaded Woven - looking forward to getting into it.

  9. Looks like you had a great time. I attended a Writer's Conference this month and it rocked. I do some author events. Should do more.

  10. Great pictures!
    I'm rooting for you. :)

  11. Fantastic photos, David! Can't wait to hear more about your new projects!

  12. I haven't been to any writer's conferences yet. Hope to one day, though!

  13. I don't have to guess if you had fun as it's so evident in the smiling faces in these photos. I would be too if I were there. :)

    Great to see you back!

  14. Man, looks fun! Wish I got to meet some of my fellow bloggers in person:)

  15. Hi David - congratulations on getting to the conference with your new story ventures ... love the idea of being amongst friends, meeting new ones and see how your land lies. Wonderful photos - such fun to see ... cheers Hilary