Fun @ Dragon Con

Approaching dawn from my hotel window

My first Dragon Con has been great! We arrived in Atlanta on Wednesday, August 31,  and our room at the Westin Peachtree Plaza was gorgeous. Almost made it worth the $200 a night price tag….

I attended a two day writer’s workshop with Jody Lynn Nye, and it was a wonderful experience. I learned so much. Each participant sent sample pages in advance for her to critique. I was kind-of excited about getting her input on The Enduring. Jody also selected a few works to be critiqued by the entire group. Mine was among those chosen, so I came home with a huge stack of notes from everyone! Yay!

Oh, and did I mention all the panels? I wanted to spend all my time just running from one to the other. I really appreciated the opportunity to meet so many writers, as well as a agents, editors and publishers… but I had to occasionally remind myself this was supposed to be a family vacation.

Hey, Laura! Remember those other people staying in your room?

Hmmm… when I stop and think about it, they do look vaguely familiar.

Okay, so I took some time  for other stuff as well. I didn’t make it to either Buffy panel (bummer), but my family did get to do some fun things together. And we spent hours in the Exhibitor’s Rooms, the Dealer’s Room, Artist Alley, and we visited the Walk-of-Fame areas more than once.

Now I’m headed home. It’s back to work tomorrow—a terrifying thought, since I know all will be in total chaos. But once things settle down a bit, I will turn my focus to putting what I’ve learned to use. And then? Edit. Edit. Edit.

Keep writing!



Memory Lane

While travelling on vacation, we have no internet, so I’ll write up my blogs as I go, them post them after I return home. Here’s one from 8/30/11:

Taking a roundabout route to DragonCon, my family and I had the opportunity to spend a few days in North Carolina. We once  lived in the area, but that was several years ago. This week we are back to visit some of the old haunts—most especially the rustic campground we called home.

Things sure have changed. First of all, it isn’t even a campground anymore. It sold  several years ago to a private owner. The rental cabins are gone. The 50’x90’ swimming pool is  completely filled in. The whole place is badly overgrown, except for the guest cottage, which the owners must use as a weekend place.

Very, very different… and yet it still had the same beautiful feel about it. I could have hung out all day, exploring every nook and cranny of the place. Of course, I was technically trespassing—okay, not just technically. I was trespassing. So I only took time for a quick look around, then moved on. In the end I was glad for the chance to see our old place again. Maybe I’ll sneak back to check on it in another decade or so!

Well, tomorrow we move on to Atlanta. Lots more fun ahead!

Keep writing.


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