I hardly know where to start with this post! I attended the Realm Makers conference for writers of speculative fiction (fantasy, scifi, dystopian, steampunk, etc.) the last weekend of July, and it was epic. I've been home for almost two weeks, and I'm still processing all the amazing lessons I learned (both writing-related and life in general) and people I connected with.
I won't go into all the classes I attended in detail (though feel free to reach out and ask, if you're interested!), but they were everything from marketing and creating a great proposal, to inspiration about the unique gift of being a writer, to how different writing stages compare to dating milestones, to engaging discussions about how faith impacts our writing and what Christian literature is and should be. Suffice it to say I learned a lot!
But the highlight of the conference by far was being surrounded by so many like-minded people. At every turn I met someone who has embarked on a journey as crazy as mine, and it was such a pleasure to be able to share, commiserate, laugh, and even cry with them. I couldn't believe how hard it was to say goodbye to these new friends, even though we had only spent a few days together.
Realm Makers also provided me the opportunity to meet with several agents and editors and pitch my manuscript. While a nerve-wracking experience, I so appreciated their kindness, encouragement, and genuine interest in my story. I'm feeling more motivated than ever to finish editing to get my manuscript submission-ready! I'll be sure to post any updates along the way!
And now...the moment you've all been waiting for! What mystery costume did I wear to the Realm Makers costume banquet??
Ta da! Any fellow Big Bang Theory fans out there? That's right, I was Amy Farrah Fowler :) Not as many people recognized my costume as I'd hoped, but I still had a great time!