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I wanted a joyful pic to share today. Typed Joy into google images and came up with nekkid pics of some woman named Joy. On the second page, there was a nekkid pic of Spock and Kirk.

Oy. Well.

While I don’t usually have a problem with two hot, nekkid guys in a pic… well, it’s Spock and Kirk. Spock and Kirk.

So forget the joy pic.

I’m excited. This afternoon I leave for the conference. It’s only about a thirty minute drive for me, but like every year, I book into the hotel and just stay. It’s a mini vacation. Three nights at a pretty nice hotel with suites and a continental breakfast.

I get to hang with good friends. See some I only see once a year even though we don’t live far from each other. Stay up really late catching up with them or listening to an editor on New York time tell us all the ins and outs of the biz. (There is a difference in NY time and OK time. While I’m a night owl who does her best work at night and adjusts fairly easily, I’ve watched people slowly drop off in the hotel suites while our NY friend is still going strong. We’re stubborn folks and don’t want to miss anything so we tough it out. (g) It wouldn’t be so hard if the workshops didn’t start at eight and there’s breakfast and all that before… )

There aren’t many speakers I’m interested in this year. While I used to write all over the place and tried to hit every workshop offered, I’ve settled on Urban Fantasy for now and there aren’t any speakers in that genre. There is an agent’s workshop I’m looking forward to. She’s doing anonymous critiques and those are always helpful. The agent herself is a good one, but she’s not taking appointments. 🙁

No matter. I promised myself I’d have more than one book ready to go when I target an agent. I plan to hit it hard once I do. ( I know, I know! I’ve written six novels! Well, those were learning experiences… until they go through massive rewrites, they’ll never hurt anyone’s eyes again. I have three that could be polished off within this year, so we’ll see.)

I also entered a few manuscripts into the contest. Entered some poetry as well. My poetry never does well, but I usually take home an award placement for fiction. Last year I got first out of 108 entries in short, short fiction. I’ve won that category twice. Love writing flash fiction. I’ve taken home first places in mystery novel, romance novel, middle reader novel as well as short stories in mainstream and horror genres.

So, I do pretty well in this contest. I’ve learned not to expect any wins though. Few years back, I got overconfident and expected this one manuscript to do really well and nothing. Didn’t even rate an honorable mention. That same manuscript won first place the next year, tho.

Sometimes, my work gets ripped to shreds. Not so much these days, but every now and then. Putting your work in front of a stranger is the best way to get true feedback. Entering contests is the best anonymous way to get honest feedback. I encourage new writers to enter. If they’re lucky, they’ll get a judge who really offers good advice.

Okay, I’m rambling. Most of my mind is going over the lists of everything I need to bring. (g) Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend. I’ll be back on here Sunday or Monday with my answer to Rachel’s topic. I’ve taken her idea and turned into a dark science fiction piece. I’ll have to slim it down and the twist is still eluding me, but I’m taking some quiet, hotel room down time this weekend and it’ll come.


  1. May 4, 2006    

    (1) Break a leg. Maybe I can get Suki to cast a spell for you.

    (2) One of the things about the pre-audience is that they really don’t know that much more about the craft and readers than you do, if you’ve been at it awhile.

    (3) If you want to keep your novels away from vulnerable eyes, I shudder to think about my own.

  2. May 4, 2006    

    Have a good time Rinda. After your recent health issues and dealing with doctors and insurance, you deserve to have some fun. Good luck on the contests. I look forward to hearing how it all went.

  3. May 4, 2006    

    Have a great time, Rinda!!! 🙂

  4. May 4, 2006    

    Send the nekkid Spock link!

  5. May 4, 2006    

    Hope you have a fantastic time this weekend.

  6. May 5, 2006    

    Have a happy weekend. Don’t forget to pack a snarky coffee mug. 🙂

  7. May 5, 2006    

    Have a GREAT conference. Sheila is going, too. I’m gonna miss you guys. Bring back good stuff.

  8. May 5, 2006    

    Give sheila a BIG hug.

    Her hubby just FIXED MY COMPUTER!!!

  9. May 7, 2006    

    Jill, if you type joy into google images, you’ll get the same lineup. Go to the next page. They aren’t totally nekkid, but the picture is a bit, er, different. (g) I’d send you a direct link but it’s buried in a webpage full of images and I’m feeling lazy. Did you see the mullet I posed for you?

    Betty, I got to see Shelia. She looked beautiful as always. 🙂 Had hoped to have lunch with Donnell,Shelia,Laura and Christy on Saturday, but I got seriously tired right before and ended up skipping lunch to sit and veg a little while. I ran the whole weekend.

    The only time I really sat still was in a few workshops. Wrote through one of them– just sat in the back and worked. And I did just sit Friday and Saturday nights after the dinners. Jennifer Blake was the keynote speaker and she spent both nights sharing southern stories with us in our hotel room. Hadn’t planned it that way, but we laughed so much, my stomach hurts today. She’s a wonderful woman. I liked her quite a bit.

  10. May 7, 2006    

    Uh, mullet I “posted” for you. Not posed. I’m sure I had a mullet at some point in my life, but I’m also sure I lost any pictures of that on purpose…

  11. Jen Jen
    May 7, 2006    

    Hey, it was great to see you a couple times this weekend. Too bad I didn’t get to visit or anything. I think I was always running to somewhere else.

    It was a good conference for me. Though that perspective comes after two years of going and not attending any sessions because of working on contest stuff.

  12. May 7, 2006    

    Good times.. Good times.. Loved the free drinks.

  13. May 8, 2006    

    I am glad you had a great time! There really is a difference between NY time and pretty much the rest of America. The first time I met XDell and Johnny, I met them after midnight. And Sat’dy night J and I were up till 5 am.

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