The SDSU Writers Conference was this weekend, and it was absolutely fantastic! I was so amped up I couldn’t sleep. Stay asleep, anyway. The first night I conked out at 10:30 and then woke up at 3am, my brain cutting off my sleep like a bartender cutting off a drunk. “Alright buddy, you’ve had enough.” Four and a half hours is the equivalent of a couple a’ beers in this metaphor, and I’m no lightweight. I can hold my sleep. So really braintender, what gives?
But anyway, let’s start at the beginning!
It’s one of those days again. You’ve sat down at your desk, all set to work, but… Groan. Your muse has called in sick. Last time it was a dead car battery, and before that, the dog ate its homework. Whatever the reason, your muse is gone and you’re left high and dry.
Yup, it’s that infamous writer’s block. Here is a list of handy solutions for the next time it happens to you.
Me: “I wrote a one-page synopsis, and a two-page one, just in case.”
Craig: “That is preparation!”
Me: “Some advise that you should even have a three-page synopsis as well.”
Craig: “Just to be safe, you should bring any and all synopses you could possibly need. Seven and a half page synopsis? I got that!”
Me: “Synopsis with all the vowels removed? I got that!”
Craig: “Synopsis composed of nothing but MS Paint doodles? I got that!”
Me: “Synopsis delivered entirely through interpretive dance? I got that!”
Guess I have a lot of choreographing to do before the conference.
…I will stepping through the doors of the SDSU Writer’s Conference.
Cue the Lamaze breathing exercises: HEE HEE HOO HOO…
And maybe some flailing. But as I always say, better to flail and face your fears than to hide and not flail at all! (She said bravely, while her arms whirled above her head like knee socks in a wind storm.)
But seriously, I’m really excited about it. The flailing has subsided now that I’ve got almost all of my preparatory tasks handled. And how! I handled ’em so hard, they filed an assault charge against me. BUT I HANDLED THAT TOO.
I signed up to have the first ten pages of my novel, Milo and Violet, critiqued by two literary agents. I’ll be getting feedback straight from The Agent’s perspective. This is a huge deal! It’s coming at the perfect time too, because I haven’t cast out any queries yet. I’ll be able to fix what needs fixing before any envelopes are licked.
Basically what I’m saying is I’m stoked. 🙂 Friday, January 23rd! Count it down!
Conference website: http://www.ces.sdsu.edu/wc
Alright, first entry to this blog! I’m pumped, are you pumped? Let’s do this.
So what is this blog even about? Well, I write stuff. You know, words and things. Sentences even! The “About” section will give you a more in-depth vision of who I am and what I do, but essentially I’m an author of novels, short stories, essays, and poems. This blog will be my way of getting some of my material out into the world, and sharing my experiences as I venture down the path of submissions, queries, and publication.
Well, I suppose that’s enough for a first post. I certainly don’t want to keep you. Things to do, places to be.
… Oh, that was basically just one paragraph? Man! Writing is hard!