Monthly Archives: March 2012
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I know I promised that I would post every day about my first conference and trust me, I tried. I have pictures and everything. I will eventually post them and my thoughts. This blog is about what I learned about myself and the writing journey that I am on right now. Its long and fairly wordy, sorry.
When I decided that I wanted to go to EpiCon in San Antonio I thought to myself, first conference for me. I’d meet authors, maybe promoted my review blog and maybe, just maybe have a story to pitch if there was a pitch session. Well, two out of three isn’t bad. I promoted my review blog and meet some really cool authors. Plus the ladies that are associated with Epicorg.com are some of the best that I have met. Please check out the organization. You’d be a fool not to. They are solely dedicated to the epublishing world. www.epicorg.com
I had a great time meeting people and the seminars that I attended were great. Plus, I had a Starbucks coffee for the first time in a couple of years. We don’t have Starbucks in the sticks. Manna in a cup. *sigh* Sat at a table on the river walk that morning and contemplated the real reason why I was there. I was there to learn about writing and what I had to do to become a writer. You know, besides writing the darn book. LOL! The best thing that I learned was that I’m NOT a writer and shouldn’t even say that I’m an aspiring writer at this point. I don’t have the first clue about how to write much less actually sitting down to write a book. Sure I can review and blog but actually writing the book…not so much.
“Whoa you say. Stop it Harlie…don’t beat yourself up about it. You’ll write your book and eventually it will get published. Don’t give up.” Well, I haven’t totally given up on writing my book but at this point in my life, it will have to go on the back burner. Most of the writers that I meet were great and they love what they do but that’s what they do. They don’t have an Everyday Job (EDJ) outside the home; their kids are grown and out of the house. Writing for them is the job and even if they have kids at home, they are at school and are at an age where they are a little more self sufficient that my 6 year old. Don’t get me wrong, hubs is great and helps out but he does work every other weekend at his job so I’m a single parent for most of the weekend. I have complete and total respect for authors that can write during the day, promo, blog, hang out on FB/Tweeter all day and then the family comes home and they are in mom/wife mode. I’m jealous. Wish I could do it.
I can just hear most of you thinking…these are just excuses Harlie. Get over yourself and just sit down and write. We all have family responsibilities and outside jobs that we have to attend. I’d love to, really I would but sometimes it doesn’t happen that way. At least not for me anyway. I leave my house Monday through Friday at 7:15 am to drop off kid at school, get to work in another town at 8 am. Leave work at 5pm, drive home to pick up son from his after school care. We usually are home by 6 pm and then its homework, dinner, showers, playtime and family time. Around 9 pm is when hubs and I can have our time together. Of course, I still have to read/review/blog/answer emails before bedtime. Again, I can hear the groaning from yall and you are probably saying that’s just life. You will have to make some sacrifices if you want to write. Trust me, I get that and understand that I will have to make the sacrifices. I’m just not sure when that is going to be.
Hubs has an opportunity in another town working for the same company. It would mean more money and a move but the greatest thing about it…I wouldn’t have to work full time. Part time at best for me. More time to write, I know. The bad thing…its not a done deal at this point and if it does happen, it wouldn’t until the summer. *sigh* Say a prayer for me and my family. We really need to move and this is a great opportunity for hubs and our family in general.
I will say this, I did two mini pitches to two different publishers and I was actually given their cards and said when the story was finished to send it them. I was on a self confidence high for a couple of hours but then reality set in and I took a couple of steps back, realized that it will take me at least a couple of months if not longer to get it to them. I will get it to them eventually and I just hope that they don’t forget about me.
Sorry this is a long post. I just needed to get my thoughts (jumbled, I’m sure for most of yall) typed up and read out loud. Hubs loves this post. :) Again, he’s a huge supporter of mine.
I leave you with this picture and you’re welcome…..
As most of yall know, I live in Texas. I was raised in Dallas but now live with my family in East Texas. The picture of the bluebonnets was actually taken in the Texas Hill Country. Aren’t they stunning? The point of the picture is that I’m in San Antonio, TX at my first conference. Its the Epicon conference. Epicon stands for Electronic Publishing Industry Coalition. I highly encourage anyone to go to their website and take a look around. Here’s the link:
Well, we made it…finally. It was late by the time we got into San Antonio last night but we did manage to make new friends right away and yes, cocktails were served. It was a beautiful night but I was beat. Heck, I’m up at 5:15 am every morning and by the time my roommate and I managed to get to the room it was almost midnight. I swear I passed out once my head hit the pillow. This morning’s workshops don’t interest me at all but this afternoon, I will be at the workshop called Virtual Blog Tours-Pitfalls, Problems & Solutions. As a reviewer and blog hop participant, I look forward to hearing what the authors have to say about blog tours. Hopefully, I will come away with some new ideas of my own and learning what authors like and don’t like about blog tours.
The view outside our window is the Alamo. Yes, the Alamo. Its absolutely crazy in San Antonio. Its Spring Break, the streets are crowded and the Riverwalk is insane. So far this morning I have been to Starbucks *sigh* and I have enjoyed walking part of the Riverwalk before all the crazies wake up. Tonight we are taking a River Boat Cruise and I can’t wait for that.
So far some of the crazies that I have met are Desiree Holt, Debbie Sullivan, Cynthia Rhoades and of course my roommate and travel buddy, Casea Major. At lunch, I’m sure I will meet more and tomorrow with the eFiesta bookstore in the afternoon.
More later but for now, I need to get more caffeine.
He is here just because….
Okay, I just thought of something else. Please, I’m begging sign up for email alerts. That way you can get them in a timely manner and keep up with the shenanigans of the conference.
Also, I’d appreciate it if you are going to be in San Antonio, don’t be shy…look me up. I’m not a big drinker anymore but I do like to hang out.
Now, you can go back and stare at the picture.
And your welcome for the picture.
Couldn’t resist the picture since its late and I’m about ready to turn in myself. *fans self* Any woos…
Just wanted to let y’all know that I’m now a Sweet and Sexy Diva. My first post is April 7th. My day will always be on the 7th. I’m very excited about this. I’m their first reviewer/aspiring writer. Honestly, I didn’t think that they would want someone like me but Tina was excited and thrilled that I wanted to be a Diva.
In other news, I’m going to my first conference on Thursday. Super excited about this. I plan on blogging about my experiences starting on Friday. Can. Not. Wait.
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