March 27th I boarded a plane and headed for Santa Cruz, California. I was both anxious and excited. I was finally going to begin my new career. For most of my life I've used a pen to express my emotions and beliefs. But now, there would be purpose. Now I would allow my voice to be heard by others. Now I would discover the proper way to manipulate words so they could touch the hearts of others.
At least, that's what I hoped. After a few smiling faces greated me, my schedule went into overdrive. It was exhilarating! I was nervous, but the old college energy rushed to the surface and I had a ball.
Cindy Woodsmall and I quickly developed a friendship. You must read her new book, When the Heart Cries - it's wonderful! And best of all....she's a Georgia peach as well. www.cindywoodsmall.com
I attended two classes with Barbara Curtis and was fortunate enough to schedule an appointment for a nice chat. She is darling! She's real and funny and sweet and wonderfully talented. You must check out her website at www.barbaracurtis.com
I also had a chance to talk with Judi Perry from Beacon Hill Press and was able to take one of her classes. What a help she was! She is so fun to talk to and has a way of making you feel that you've been friends for years.
Congradulations go out to Vicki Crumpton on her marriage. I can't believe she teaches sea kayaking.
I took Jim Denney's major morning sessions on "The Business and Holy Calling of Christian Non-Fiction. It was wonderful! I learned so much. If you want to be a writer, check out his website at www.dennybooks.com
And of course you must check out www.exclaimentertainment.com Boz is a terrific character for your preschooler. Congradulations Cindy! Boz is a hit!
If I named everyone that touched my life within those 5 days, this blog would probably fill up completely. Thank you to everyone I met and to all those special friends.
And a big thank you to Holly Miller. What a wonderful friend you are and I can't thank you enough for suggesting the conference. Not only was it wonderful for my writing - but it was great being there with you! Holly is one of the best teachers I know and she has been a dear friend. She's the pretty one in the picture.