So, I made it home today! Exhausted and refreshed all at the same time.

The New England Writer’s Conference (NEC) was everything I hoped it would be. Writer’s, agents, editors, learning, networking, brainstorming and FUN! (And if anyone hears that I was naughty and a little wild on our “off” time… don’t believe ’em!) Everything I needed to perk me up and help me to push through to the end of my novella.

The keynote speakers at breakfast and lunch were Susan Wiggs and Suzanne Brockman. Both, incredible writers and awesome speakers who were very inspiring. There were so many successful writers at this convention that beyond these two women, I couldn’t possibly name all the wonderful writers who took time to do workshop presentations that were both informative and confirming for my own writing journey.

And okay, I’m going to admit this … I find some of it a little, well … daunting. No matter where you sit or who you speak to at meals, there were writers who have made the NYT best seller list.

Not every writer wants this … some are truly happy simply sharing their stories. That’s not the case for me. I want to write. I want to publish. I want to sell … A LOT … I want to make a living from my writing … and I want to be on the best seller list. And I want it … NOW!

But of course I am reality oriented. Very few writers have the joy of overnight success. Almost all talk about the difficult years of carving out writing time … of the numerous rejections before publication … or the horrible sacrifices they made to get their book published … and even now, when they’re well known … the rough patches they hit and still push through. Building a career takes time.


So, I’m sitting here counting the minutes until DH’s plane arrives (because it’s been a loooong week without him). Then it’s off to bed for a good night sleep in my own bed snuggled up to my man! And tomorrow I’ll type until my eyes cross and then pick up Little Boy Blue.

At that point I can happily proclaim “we all survived hell week”! and focus my attention on my writing and meeting that deadline.

Wish me luck!

UPDATE: Everyone’s home. Suitcases litter our front hall and clothes are piled high in the laundry room. My fingers are flying over the keyboard and my novella is unfolding. Now, if I can sneak in a couple naps and catch up on some of this sleep… all would be good!

10 Responses to Knuckles are cracking!

  • Really glad to hear that you had fun, and made the most of your time away. I hope that you are feeling thoroughly inspired.

  • I’m glad you had a good time at the conference! They can be daunting, but there’s always a good experience to bring home from it.

    Like you, I want to sell a lot and I want it now! Since I work full time at a job I don’t like and my writing is my passion, I know the only way I’ll ever be able to do what I love full time is by selling a lot! Yep, sometimes we have to be realistic and patient.

    Good luck with your writing!

  • Wait.. you were at NEC?

    Must have missed you…

  • Mima – Thank you. Yes, it turned out to be really fun. It’s so nice just to hang out with other writers. The rest was just icing on the cake!

    Emma – So true isn’t it? The whole having patience thing. It never was one of my strong points! Something’s going to fall in place with you as well. We all just have to keep cheering each other on and keep on plugging!

    Jen – Why were you there? 😉

  • Man, I am both looking forward to and dreading the RWA Conference in July. I’m such a mixture of squeeing fan girl and career minded nutcase that I’m not sure WHAT will happen. LOL.
    I’m glad you had a good time and what a thrill to sit and listen to Suzanne Brockmann.
    Glad you’re home.

  • Jennifer – I can’t even imagine having RWA in July be my first conference! Next year it’s on the east coast and I’ll be going! Yay! You still have a few more months to fret … ur, I mean … not worry about it!

    Vi – Definitely worth the trip.

  • Conferences are always amazing. There’s so much energy and enthusiasm amongst a group of writers. Happy writing. 🙂

  • Shelley – You’re absolutely right. The energy is contagious. Many people in the states are at the Romantic Times Convention this week. Probably 10 times the size of the one I went to. I can’t even imagine what it’s like there! But it’s nice (and inspiring) to be able to rub elbows with some of the best in the romance industry!

  • The conferences can be daunting, but the information you pick up is so valuable that it makes up for the lack of sleep.

    And, if I remember correctly Miss Jennifer was giving wake up calls on Saturday morning. Sweet ones, if memory serves.


  • Jillian – Jennifer is that Jennifer. Thank goodness for unofficial wake up calls! And yes, the information at the convention was wonderful. I’m still processing.

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