RANDOM THOUGHTS on the ACFW Conference Part 1

  • I met in person several people I had met online. A weird thing—or maybe not so weird—their personalities were the same in person as online. Their voices shine through in their writing. I wonder if mine does?
  • Another weird thing—most did not look like I imagined. They sounded like I imagined but did not look like I imagined. Hmm…
  • The world is full of nice people. That’s a good thing. Just as you need ten compliments to cancel out one negative comment, you probably need ten nice people to cancel out that one rude person.
  • Carl’s mom had a lot of small angel pins. I took one with me and the attendant on the first flight was named Angel!
  • I haven’t flown in a long time and wondered if I would be nervous. Didn’t bother me at all. I slept through most of it. Hope I didn’t snore or drool. (I asked Carl and he said I didn’t.)
  • Dennis Hensley’s class (Mastering Structure . . . .) covered everything. I loved his class. He was hilarious and so informative. I had an agent conference the first day and an editor conference the second day during his class. I hated I had to miss even one second.
  • I was exhausted the whole weekend and in quite a bit of pain, but I did better than I anticipated. I took a whole slew of medicine with me. Medicine for migraines, nausea, heartburn, nasal congestion, etc., etc. Thank goodness I didn’t have to use any of them.
  • I’m guessing I had so few problems since the conference was fragrance free. Thanks to those who made it so. I can get a whiff of certain perfumes and have a pounding headache in seconds.
  • Tim Downs was absolutely wonderful! So entertaining and yet so much of what he said touched me deeply.
  • I met a couple of unpublished people I know are going to be big names very soon. Stay tuned.
  • I found it funny that some people I met once and never saw again. Others I kept running into over and over. I think God kept thrusting them in my face to say, remember him/her. They will be in your future. I sure hope some of them are. Such wonderful, encouraging people!
  • Thanks to my husband for going with me. He helped keep me focused and partially organized. And he made some good contacts for me. I probably met a lot of men that I would not have met if Carl had not tagged along.
  • I loved meeting the men who write. It is a crying shame more Christian men are not published. Christian publishers, take a chance. Please publish more books for men!
  • Personally, I don’t think of books in genres. To me, a good book is a good book.

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