Yeah, you know the rest. We got back early this afternoon, “we” being Eric and me. He came to St. Louis Friday after work and stayed the weekend with me. Since I’d been out of town several days prior to leaving for the conference, it was nice to have a little time to relax in the evenings and get caught back up.
The conference rocked. I got my money’s worth on the paid crit. There was enough purple ink on those pages to cause a flashback to high school! It was a little disheartening at first because I felt like I was ready to start agent shopping. Nope not so much, not yet. However, I did meet another historical writer who lives near here (maybe 10 miles away) so there’s hope for another crit partner. My online CP’s are great, but a local one would add more immediate accountability.
Between the paid crit and Randy Ingermanson’s Snowflake class, I’m ready to jump into the revision of Hope And A Future first thing in the morning. Tonight I’m trying to readjust to a world where ‘snowflake’ isn’t a verb. Funny how quickly I get used to my alternate reality hanging out with other writers! It was such a great time to focus on my art (and remember why I love it), and at least for tonight, I’m not exhausted and brain dead like I usually am. Of course, I did skip my last session yesterday to get a power nap before getting ready for the banquet, and I slept two more hours in my own bed this afternoon. That and dinner have helped a lot. It also helped that the trip home was half an hour instead of several hours. Next year it’s in Dallas, so the trip home will be at least a full day, depending on whether we fly or drive.
I’m going to try to post a few pictures tomorrow. I got a shot of Eric with Chip MacGregor in their kilts. I didn’t even notice at first that they were both wearing the same tartan. Chip had packed his Black Watch by mistake! Eric got more attention than I did last night, which was a lot of fun. I was notable only because I had a Black Watch shawl to wear with my dress.
For right now, I’m off to watch some Criminal Minds in my jammies.