So… I finally went to Realm Makers.
It was amazing.
If anything, it was even greater than I thought it would be. There was so much there. The speakers. The books. The people. Mainly the people. It was my first year there, but there were five other Story Ember friends there as well. There were others that we adopted into our group, and others we knew from online. So I had a core group to fall back on for meals and such.
Anyhow, I flew for the first time. That was fun enough, though I like the train better. But going above the clouds is the most amazing thing. Though I couldn’t help but think it would be even more amazing if I could strap myself to the wing, with a shield to keep the brunt of the wind from my face.
Exploring Wednesday night
With author friends and Scott Minor, head of Realm Makers
Out of all the events, there are two highlights I’m never forgetting.
The first one happened Friday night. There was the costume dinner, which was amazing in and of itself. Afterwards, the Story Embers group (plus several adopted members) decided to go exploring in the night again. Well, first we went to the parking garages because they have great accustics. Brandon (who was dressed as Flynn Rider) sung I Have a Dream for us. It was great.
Later, as we walked the streets of the plaza itself (in costumes still, mind you), we started singing A Million Dreams from The Greatest Showman. We just passed the corner of the hotel when we heard a voice behind us “Come back. We want to hear.”
There were three people up on this balcony and they wanted us to start the song over again because it was one of their favorites. They threw down $5. So… we sang. XD And wonder of wonders, it actually sounded pretty good. And we got another $5 at the end. So we went to McDonalds and bought hot fudge sundaes. It was great. We were laughing with each other the rest of the night and dubbed ourselves a one-song hit with the name ‘Taste of Victory’
The second hightlight was lunch with Wayne Thomast Batson. I was in one of his lectures and asked if he had dinner plans afterwards. Turns out there was a faculty dinner for each meal that I’d forgot about. He offered to take me along or we could go elsewhere. I told him I hadn’t bought tickets for the faculty dinner but he said it didn’t matter and that I could come in with him. No one would say anything. So… I did.
The best part was when we got there. We sat down at one of the edge tables where there weren’t seats set and Batson strode over to one of the other tables, asked if anyone was sitting at a few of their steats and then ‘stole’ the silverwear from those places. The dinner with him was very cool. Watching him steal silverwear for us was even better.
There was the nerf war too, of course. I was up until 1:15 a.m.
I suppose I should give you a little bit what I learned too. So, random snippets:
Creativity is a divine expression and holy act; we are made in the image of God
Creativity is meant to be audacious; we have an audacious Creator
To downplay creativity is simply wrong; it has been given us and is part of who we are.
Perfection is fear in disguise. It’s a safe place in your imagination where nothing happens and nothing ever real. Reality is messy but writing is a journey, not a sprint.
Admire people’s superpowers but don’t covet
Don’t ignore or put your own superpower to death, especially to make a less power super
You’re not going to be great in everything and that’s okay
Play to your strengths
Fairy tales give the enemy shape and show how to defeat him.
Writing isn’t just for the readers. It’s for us too.
Your book isn’t for everyone, but there is always someone for your book
To fear is to have more faith in your antagonist than in Christ
Those are from Tosca Lee and Nadine Brandes, mainly. Anyway, it was really good. Speaches, friends, everything.
Maraposa painted pictures of all of us Story Ember staff there. So cool.
They’re having Realm Makers in the same place next year. Same time.
I’m planning on going.
I hope to see you there.