Tuesday, 14 April 2009

Only one more week...

My writing persona has been put aside for a few days as I try to get caught up on some sewing. The jobs aren't too bad. I took on three prom dresses but I'm just doing alterations. The work is going quickly and I hope to get them finished as much as possible before the end of the week. Even though my fingers are holding a needle and thread instead of typing, my brain is thinking ahead to the LDStorymakers conference.

I can't believe I'm leaving for Utah next week. It's always seemed so far away, and now I'm looking at just a few days to prepare everything so I can go. There is the job of picking just the right section of my book for bootcamp. I want to get the most out of the session so I hope to pick the section that needs the most help, though I'm not sure which part that is yet.

Then there is the pitch session. Having never done one before, I'm at a bit of a loss how to prepare for it. I received some excellent advice from a friend, and it's helping, but I'm still a little nervous about it. I just keep reminding myself that it will be a good experience and I have an opportunity to ask an editor a few questions and share my excitement about my current project.

To top it off, I get to travel to Utah with my aunt and once there, I get to meet up with many writer friends I've made over the last few years. The hardest part is leaving my family behind for a week. Yesterday my son admitted that he will miss me when I'm gone. Good to hear. I do believe if I leave once in awhile, they'll appreciate me that much more when I get back, and every mother needs a little appreciation once in awhile.

I just plan on enjoying every moment. Before I know it, this conference will be just a distant memory and I'll be looking ahead to the next one.


Don said...

I can't believe it's just a week away. I'm excited to see everyone, but way nervous about pitching.

Every time someone asks me about my book, I say "Well, um, it's about this guy, see, and, uh..."

Yeah, I need a more effective pitch.

I've finished reading, and I'm working on pulling together what I hope will be useful feedback for you. I'll try and get it sent this weekend.

Anonymous said...

You'll do great Steph and you'll probably come home with lots of ideas for future projects. Have fun.

The Savage Family said...

Yea! Less than a week!

Ali Cross said...

I can't wait to see you! I'm really struggling with the prep for boot camp. I just don't know what to bring.

Do I bring sections from my most polished book because it's the one I most want to get published right now?

Do I bring sections from my other finished but not polished book that is so close but not quite?

Or, do I bring snippets from other works that are in various stages of development?

I have no idea. And I'm so frustrated!


BUT the happy making part will be seeing you and the other awesome conference friends!

Tristi Pinkston said...

It was so great to see you last weekend!

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