Six LDS Writers and A Frog

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

A New Milestone

by Stephanie Black

Last week I blogged about some writing milestones. On Friday and Saturday of this week, I get to create another writing milestone. I’m going to the LDStorymakers Writers Conference! I’m going to give that statement some more exclamation points !!!!! because I’m very excited !!!!! and did I mention !!!!!!

Okay, I have myself under control now.

Never in my writerly life—starting when I was maybe eight years old and my sister and I wrote that play about fairies, and I was Fairy Winter Snow, and we performed it for our mother and—get this—we even made up some songs to go with the play, which makes it a musical—eat your heart out, Andrew Lloyd Webber--anyway, never have I attended a writers’ conference. The Storymakers Conference sounds like so much fun, and I would have loved to go last year, but it was hard to justify the trip, since I was flying out six weeks later for BYU Women’s Conference. “Next year,” I told myself. And now it’s next year, and—hooray!—I’m going!

This is a rare and special treat for me. Except for booksignings, the last time—okay, the only time—I’ve attended a writing-related event was the Covenant Murder Mystery Dinner back in 2005. That was awesome, and it was fun meeting a bunch of other authors, including Frog Bloggers Kerry Blair, Robison Wells and The-Author-Formerly-Known-as-Jeff Savage. Because I live hundreds of miles from the heart of the LDS market, I don’t often get the chance for actual in-person chatting with other LDS writers. If it weren’t for the internet, I’d have very little association with the writing community, so I’m very grateful for the online association that lets me enjoy frequent contact with other writers, no matter how many hundreds or thousands of miles separate us geographically. It’s kind of strange to realize that so many of the people I “know” via online writers’ groups or e-mail are people I’ve never met in person. And many of them will be at the conference and/or the Whitney gala. I can’t wait to meet them face-to-face! I even get to meet my awesome editor for the first time at the conference, so I’m looking forward to that.

Tomorrow, I’m heading for Utah. Since I missed a flight last year (not fun), I’m terrified at the thought of missing a plane, so a very kind friend is dropping me off at the airport very early. I’d rather sit in the waiting area for ages than be chewing my nails off in a panic if we get stuck in traffic. Writer Jeri Gilchrist generously offered to pick me up at the airport in Salt Lake, and I’ll be staying at her house. I’m excited to be spending time with Jeri, who is one of the nicest people on earth.

So to our Frog Blog readers—if you’re attending the conference or the Whitney gala, please come and say hi to me. I'd love to meet you in person!

Small, bizarre trivia fact: the dress I’m wearing to the Whitney gala matches the cover of Fool Me Twice—red and black. No, that’s not why I bought the dress. I bought it because I wanted a dressy dress for the gala, and it was on super-mega sale. The color-coordination thing was just one of life’s funny little bonuses.


At 4/22/2009 1:54 PM, Blogger Don said...

I'm also catching a plane tomorrow, flying into LDS-land for the Conference from the great far away. Last year was a lot of fun, and I'm looking forward to seeing/meeting everyone.

Your excitement is justified. It's a great time.

At 4/22/2009 1:57 PM, Blogger LexiconLuvr said...

How fun! I'm going too and I'll make sure to come say hi!
p.s. LOVED the author-formerly-known-as. You should buy him a funny little symbol necklace. =]

At 4/22/2009 2:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please. We want a photo of the dress. Hanging froma hook or on the author. Just post the dress, please. You can add to the top of Wednesday's post before you jump on that plane. That way we'll recognize you when we see you at the gala. Pretty please?

At 4/22/2009 2:44 PM, Blogger Carolyn V. said...

Hey, I'm going to be there too! Whoo hoo! I'll be the one devouring chocolate candy bars in the back.

At 4/22/2009 4:05 PM, Blogger Annette Lyon said...

Here's hoping your first conference is AWESOME. It's one of my favorite times of year. Writers are a weird bunch (I know--newflash, right?), so it's about the only place you can spend two days with people who think like you do. It rocks.

At 4/22/2009 5:57 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm coming too, Stephanie. I'll be the one blending into the background. I might wave at you if I catch your eye, but I'm not brave enough to come over and introduce myself. It's my first Storymaker's conference, although I went to the ANWA conference last month in Gilbert, Arizona. That was really great, but I hear this is even bigger and better.

I'll be clapping loudly for you when your book is announced for best novel of the year!

Flying up from Yuma tomorrow,


At 4/22/2009 6:07 PM, Blogger Kimberly said...

I don't actually know you since I just lurk here and rarely comment but, um, yes. See you there!

At 4/22/2009 6:37 PM, Blogger Sheila said...

I am also very excited to be going to the conference this year!!! It will be fun to meet you in person. I can't wait to see your dress.

At 4/23/2009 2:02 AM, Blogger Lucy Eliza said...

See you down there! I think I'm about to burst from excitement! I'm driving down tomorrow. I can't wait to meet you and everyone else, Stephanie!

~Amy D.

At 4/23/2009 11:11 AM, Blogger Heather B. Moore said...

See you all there! Stephanie, do I have to match the cover of my Abinadi book? Anyone have some rope?

At 4/23/2009 11:26 AM, Blogger Stephanie Black said...

LOL, Heather, I think we should start a trend of coordinated book covers/dresses.

Anon, I'm afraid I'm not going to get that picture posted--I'm currently in the freaked-out "I'm leaving this afternoon and I'm not ready!" stage. How about if I describe the dress? It's black with a red/black rose-patterned jacket.

Deb, thank you so much! No way am I going to win novel of the year, but I feel really honored to have been a finalist!

I can't wait to see all of you at the conference!

At 4/23/2009 6:10 PM, Blogger Jon Spell said...

I promised myself last year that I would go to the conference this year IF I had at least finished my manuscript...

...Maybe next year! =)

At 4/24/2009 1:53 AM, Blogger Charlie Moore said...

I couldn't go either, but not for the same reason as Jon. I hope everyone there has a great time and learns alot. And I like to look at the photos (2007 and 2008 were great) so take lots more for 2009, including the Whitney awards. I look forward to visiting through the pictures. I wish all Whitney finalists the best of luck and remember the great apostle the award is named for.

Have a great time and like Jon, maybe in 2010.


At 4/28/2009 4:11 PM, Blogger Tristi Pinkston said...

I certainly hope we'll see you every year from here on out!


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