Thursday, September 23, 2010

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  • I met a couple of unpublished people I know are going to be big names very soon.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.


  1. Loved reading your list, Sheila. I noticed many of the same things, especially being tired most of the time and meeting some of the same people over and over but completely missing others.

    So much fun, so much stress, so much learned! And I'd do it all over again in a heartbeat.

  2. I'm glad to hear it was so rewarding!

  3. Suzanne,
    Yes, seeing the same person over and over was strange. I met this one wonderful woman on the shuttle bus and everywhere I went, lunch, dinner, class--there she was! Another woman was on the shuttle also and I only saw her once more during the whole conference.

    Thanks for the comment!

  4. Patti,
    Very rewarding! Loved it, loved it, loved it!


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