Thursday, September 27, 2007

More Conference Thoughts . . .

  1. ACFW is the premier of all inspirational writing conferences.
  2. What other place can a novice writer find encouragement, admonition, and strength to keep on keeping on?
  3. I learned how to plot more serious conflicts for my characters. All I can say is wow!
  4. I met some terrific writers!
  5. Brandt Dodson is a great speaker and a friendly person.
  6. Cynthia Hickey is a wonderful new friend! And has a brand new contract! Yeah!
  7. Pam Hillman is just as sweet as last year!
  8. I learned more about layering my novels.
  9. Dallas is a busy place.
  10. Dallas is a friendly place.
  11. I don't want to live in Dallas!
  12. James Scott Bell is a funny person.
  13. Chip McGregor is a sarcastic person; but he's also friendly and approachable.
  14. It's fun to be with famous people. Grin.
  15. It was great to meet Mary and Shar and Angie!
  16. I love Starbucks coffee.
  17. Love dining like a "big shot." Grin.
  18. My favorite classes? The suspense ones, plus Krista's late night "hello" class. Oh, and the early bird sessions.
  19. It's okay not to plot extensively.
  20. Going back next year!

Safety tips for women:
  • If you're ever thrown into the trunk of a car (Heaven forbid!), kick out the back lights and stick your arm out and start waving like crazy!
  • Keep alert: know where you are and what's going on around you.
  • Watch the body language: head up, swing your arms, stand straight!
  • Don't be at the wrong place at the wrong time! No alley walks or bad neighborhoods!
  • Don't just sit in your car working on the checkbook or making a list. Too easy for someone to get in the passenger side! Lock doors and leave!
  • Keep your eyes on cars around you. Watch for loitering people. GO back inside and ask for someone to walk you to the car.
  • Don't take empty stairs; use the elevator!

Communication means a sharing together of what you really are. With the stethoscope of love you listen until you hear the heartbeat of the other. --Bartlett and margaret Hess


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