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Share Your World–2014 Week 38

Here are Cee’s questions for this week. Put on your thinking caps, there will be a quiz! 😉

If you could be a tree or plant, what would you be?
I would be a palm tree–they prefer warm climates, as do I.

If you could have a servant come to your house every day for one hour, what would you have them do?
Dust and vacuum 

If you could have an endless supply of any food, what would you get?
Freshly-picked tomatoes

What was one of your first moneymaking jobs (other than babysitting or newspaper delivery)?
Customer Service/Parts at Sears

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?
I’m grateful I was able to attend the Hampton Roads Writers Conference this past week; I’m looking forward to getting back to my regularly-scheduled life. 

Now it’s your turn. You can play along by creating a post and linking with Cee’s blog, or leave your answers in the comments below. 

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Writers Conference

I thought I’d send you a picture of the lunch buffet on our break, but by the time I thought of it, there wasn’t much left to photograph.

Then I thought I’d post a sticky note, but didn’t remember how, and of course couldn’t find it under “help” when it came down to it.

So, here I am! (If you smell smoke, it’s just a bad case of brain fry.)

Thursday night was check in, then we had a two-hour session. There were five choices:

  • How to Nail Your 10-minute Agent Pitch
  • Catharsis of Poetry: Writing poetry based on personal hardships
  • Marketing Tips for Authors
  • Look Closely (Flash Fiction)
  • Convincing Nonfiction

I opted for the last one. (Trying to convince myself I’m a writer.)

This morning started with Intro Remarks and First Ten Lines Critique Session, followed by the Keynote Address given by Janet Burroway. She is a very encouraging speaker, and has many writing credits, from textbooks, to plays, to novels…and the beat list goes on…

We had four one-hour sessions (a total of 20 different workshops from which to choose) with 15-minute breaks in between, and over an hour for lunch, which was provided for in our registration fee. During the 15-minute breaks, attendees who registered to pitch their work to an agent got the opportunity.

An afternoon session I attended was “Maximize your Twitter Platform.” I wasted my time, should have read “Twitter for Dummies” beforehand.

Tomorrow is another full day, and this girl won’t be burning the midnight candle at both ends tonight! (Or something like that.) Will chat with you tomorrow night with the wrap-up on the conference. And if I think of it, I’ll send you a picture of lunch!

Are any of you on Twitter? What are your thoughts on it?

Random 5 Friday

1. I missed Random 5 Friday last week. I attended a writers conference, which I wrote about in this post, in case you’re curious or would like to consider attending one. 

2. Our son-in-law is participating in a Warrior Dash tomorrow (Saturday). This weekend’s event is about an hour away from us, and this is our first opportunity to attend. 

3. I have another mermaid to share. This one is near the Ocean View beach in Norfolk. ??????????

4. The loudest voice in the neighborhood today belongs to a Blue Jay. I’ve not seen–or heard–them around the backyard much this past month. I guess they are busy with other things, like reforestation. They, along with the squirrels, play a part in their environment by burying acorns and beech nuts. They’re fun to watch as they pound a nut into the ground and cover it with a leaf.

5. The timer signals the last load of laundry is dry. Dinner prep is done and waiting to be heated. Time to stop procrastinating and get my aerobic workout in for the day. Have a great weekend!

You can find the rules for this Random 5 Friday meme at A Rural Journal by clicking this link. Won’t you join us? 

HRW Conference

Last week, I had the pleasure of attending the Hampton Roads Writers Conference. This was my first conference, and it was a great experience. The blue highlighted link takes you to the group’s website, where you will find some great resources and information about the group–including the Traveling Pen Workshops throughout the year. 

Break-out sessions began Thursday evening  with a choice of four 1.5-hour workshops from which to choose. I opted for “Creating the World in a Short Story” with Cliff Garstang.  

Friday morning’s activities started at 8:00 a.m. with Check In/Coffee Time, followed by the keynote speaker, then, a First Ten Lines Critique Session with three agents and two keynoters. One-hour workshops began at 11:15 a.m. There were four sessions throughout the day, with a choice of four classes in each session. The day ended with a Mix and Mingle Social and Silent Auction.

Saturday’s activities followed the same schedule as Friday, but with only three workshop sessions that day.

The sessions I attended included dialogue, point of view, publishing short stories and essays, memoir writing, and interviewing for nonfiction. The packet we received at Check In contained a handout for each workshop, giving us access to the information in the sessions we were unable to attend. Kudos to Hampton Roads Writers for their efforts in providing those.

No conference is complete without food–a delightful, delicious buffet was served both days. 

By 3:30 p.m. Saturday, with our brains packed to overflowing and a few new friends, we went our separate ways and returned to our former lives. The only downside is we have to wait another year to do it again!