Writing Conference…Also a Brief Hiatus Announcement

Guys, I went to a writing conference last weekend! It’s a smallish one, down in Anderson Indiana, called the Indiana Faith and Writing Conference. It was also cheaper than your average conference and lasted from Friday around noon until Saturday mid-afternoon.

I enjoyed it quite a bit – not the least because I was there with a fellow author and friend, who also happens to make the covers for my novellas. Of course, we did chat with each other during most of our spare time instead of milling around and connecting with a number of new writers, but I suppose that’s what happens when you put a bunch of introverts together. *smirks* And we did meet and have Friday supper with one girl who recognized me from twitter. That was pretty fun.

As for the conference itself, I learned a number of things (which I’m not going into now because I’ve the feeling I’ll write several blog posts on them over the next few months). I laughed. I cried…well, almost. My excuse is that I was tired, and I’m sticking to it. I stared down a portion of carpet which shadows made look like the Grinch who stole Christmas. I learned I apparently can’t sleep sharing a bed with someone, even if that someone is one of my best friends. I also learned that a bed of pillows on the ground is very comfortable. I had a one-on-one consultation with a marketing coach and took part in a small critique groups…two of whose members were slightly confused by my submission because they don’t read fantasy. I fumbled through my pitch of Fidelyon once to someone who wasn’t even an editor or agent (at least not that I know of) and handed out only one business card (also to someone who was neither agent nor editor). I took some pictures, took more notes, and horrified my friend with my random morbid observations. All in all, I had a great time and hope to go again next year.

And…here. Have a few pictures.

My bed on the floor

Kate and I. Aren’t we cute. XD At least one person thought we were sisters.

Because just… fire

Oh yes, also the hiatus announcement. I’ve been doing NaNo for all of four days and already I’m wondering what I’ve got myself into. It’s not writing 2000 words a day so much…though it takes concentration, it’s not that hard. It’s trying to write 2000 words a day while still correcting Fidelyon and my Hansel and Gretel story, now named Shadows of the Hersweald. Plus there is Kingdom Pen stuff, and blogging, and reading and life in general. And so I came to the earth shattering decision…

I’m taking a partial hiatus from my blog.

And since you do nothing but hang on my every word, you are devastated now, aren’t you. No? *sighs* Figures.

Anyhow, note the word partial. Caption Challenges will still come up on Mondays, and my Friday WIP posts will appear as well. And a vlog. I need to do a vlog sometime this month. but the Wednesday articles, such as the self-publishing one, New Fantasy Times, Christian Convictions…basically the ones I have to think about and slave over, are off until next month. Be thankful you got this months entry of Beyond the Parchment. *smirks*

As for my NaNo project, if you get my newsletter then you know about it already. If you don’t, I’ll be announcing it (with lots of Pinterest pictures and/or a link to the Pinterest board. It depends on how much time I have) this next Friday.

Until then, enjoy yourselves. Don’t kill yourselves (or your families) with NaNo if you taking part in it. Also, to shamelessly switch the topic with no warning, have you ever been to a writer’s conference before? I’m trying to find as many as I can to compare them for next year, so do you have any you’d recommend?