In mid-February, my Rebel Ink Press story Basically Bad released. Y’all, it put a happy face on my Mardi Gras. Not that it’s difficult to be happy during the biggest party in the US.
This past weekend, I spent two days at the FF&P conference here in New Orleans. I tried to think of the best part, and I can’t. Maggie Shayne gave a great keynote address. Tears. Love. Writers. She said that our fellow writers will be our best friends. I’ve got others that are close to me, but I agree. They know what we go through to produce something that many people sneer as beneath them.
Just before that I got the galleys of Behaving Badly, my soon to be released story with The Wild Rose Press. And, the cover…it’s love. Even my male friends agree that it’s a good one. You know that had to hurt for them to say it. (I kid. These guys are awesome.)
Today, I’m staring at the computer trying to get a plot to work, but he headache is getting in the way. So, I’ll rid myself of the pain with some coffee and cleaning.
I remember the first conference that I attended. Lost is the adjective that described me. Yes, I pitched my story idea and got requests, but then, my writing wasn’t ready.
I remember my second conference, and at that time I knew so much more. I’d say that there I was with friends and felt comfortable. We had to tell the bartender how to make a certain cocktail. (All of us being ladies from the New Orleans area.)
At my third conference, I didn’t want to be there, although I did want to be there. I felt terrible. I only got through the first day due to ibuprofen and a few glasses of wine. The next day filled me and allowed me to grow as a person.
The Fantasy on the Bayou conference of the FF&P RWA chapter gave me a very different vibe. This weekend, relaxation and confidence described me. I pitched a story to four people, and there wasn’t one inch of me that truly felt nervous. I know that I can write a story. It’s finding the right place for that story that is the goal. Some people are going to say no. Those rejections don’t sting. It is just how it is.
I also gave a talk, and while my audience was small, they were engaged. For that, I am grateful. Thanks, FF&P for the conference.