This weekend, I’m attending the Tony Hillerman Writer’s Conference in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Writing Conferences are nice, because they inspire me to keep at it and/or get back to it in a few specific ways. First, I hear a bunch of writing advice that I either know or have figured out through experience–so, my knowledge and understanding of the craft are re-confirmed, which is great since writing involves mountains of self-doubt.
Second, I meet other people who are succeeding at what I want to do, and it just spurs me on to keep at it because if they can do it, so can I. If you think that sounds conceited, your probably right–but it’s the attitude that gave m enough confidence to apply to graduate school and I earned an M.A. with a perfect GPA and full honors. So there. *sticks out tongue*
This conference couldn’t have happened at a better time, because I’m currently sloshing my way through edits (all while applying to PhD programs, working two jobs, and trying to be a functional person). It’s putting me back into the writing mindset and giving me the chance to glean tips from the pros like David Morrell and Craig Johnson.
On a side note, I just spent an hour sitting about a foot-and-a-half away from “Rambo’s Daddy,” and he’s apparently been neck-deep in a Neo-Victorian series (the Victorianists are going to take over the world. Huzzah!). If you’re new to the blog, I’m a Victorianist and I love all things Neo-Victorian and/or Steampunk. In fact, I’ll be giving a paper at the Southwest Popular/American Culture Association on the steampunk/Neo-Victorian themes in a fairly recent SyFy series, Lost Girl, in February. Steampunk themes in Urban Fantasy really take the cake. Or the pie. Because pie is exponentially better.
But I digress. Writing Conferences. Editing. Santa Fe. This has all of the makings of an awesome weeked. Toss in a couple of margaritas and some time spent with my friend and sometimes co-author, A.L. Brown, and I think this might be one for the record books.