Friday, October 1, 2010


Yesterday I attended the Book Academy writers conference. I suffered from a major sinus headache the entire day. It wouldn't go away! I tried to be social, to make conversation. Mostly, I failed. It's just not fun to be overly friendly when your head feels like exploding.

Besides my headache, I was freezing! Seriously, I couldn't keep the goose-bumps off my arms. I tried to suck it up, but caved while eating a cold (but delicious) salad for lunch. Off to the bookstore I went. Maybe it's a conspiracy - between the conference committee and the bookstore manager - to keep the temperature down so low.

I wonder if anyone else had to spend their novel-buying book-money on a stop-the-shivering sweatshirt? I'm now the proud owner of a UVU zip-up hoodie. At least, because of a Back To School sale, I got a $40 souvenir for only $25!

But even with a couple of personal complications, I rate the conference a success!

It was just what I needed to recharge my muse. I learned some new things. I was reminded of some things I already knew. I met a few new people. I ran into one of my cousins (in the restroom, of all places!). I even approached someone from the virtual blogging world, and introduced myself (Hi Don!).

There is nothing quite like a writers conference to lift your spirits and get you re-motivated.

And just in time too! Today is the beginning of Tristi Pinkston's quarterly writing challenge. I SO need to do this. If you want to push yourself a little this month, check it out here.

Stay tuned for more posts about the wonderful things I learned!


Don said...

Kim, it was great to meet you yesterday. Sorry you weren't feeling your best, but I've found good conferences have a way of making up for problems like that.

I guess I need to get me over to Tristi's and sign up!

Elizabeth Mueller said...

Hi Kim! I wish I could've gone. I'm glad you were there, thought. *Hugs*
I miss you on face book! I hope you're doing well. :)

Julie Wright said...

It was freezing!!! and the salad was amazing. I'm drooling just thinking about it. It was awesome to see you and talk to you.

Rachael Renee Anderson said...

Oh, I hate sinus infections! I hope you're feeling better and I'm glad you had a great time at the conference!

MT said...

I'm really looking forward to hearing what gems of wisdom you took home. :)