Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Conferences- Why I Go

Conferences are a lot of money. Money that most of us don't have much of. But I can honestly say that the money I spent on my SCBWI conference was well worth it.

Wow. I got to meet so many amazing writers, agents, and editors. I sucked in more information that I thought I could manage. And I had way, way too much fun.

I think my favorite part was breaking down on the dance floor (Okay so I was wearing a medieval dress so it was more like floating around the dance floor but breaking sounds so much cooler doesn't it?) at the Dragonslayer's Ball. I have to say: Bruce Hale really knows how to dance. OMG!

And I loved just talking and talking and talking about writing to those there. And get this, they actually wanted to talk about writing too. Imagine that!

But my favorite, favoritest part was meeting all of my online buddies for the first time. We were like: 'Hey! I know you from your blog! Or I know you from the Blueboards!' We already knew so much about each other yet we'd never really met. Very cool but very weird.

My fun roomy, Mindy Alyse Weiss, who introduced me to everybody (let me tell you this girl knows everyone!). My car buds, Larissa Hardesty and Jess Souders- ARMADILLO! And Karen Strong who loves dessert as much as I do- a kindred spirit! (we both unashamedly begged for extra chocolate cake at the ball- yum!) Watch carefully because their books will be gracing the bookshelves someday.

So I want to send a cyber 'wave' to all of my new friends who are totally amazing, talented and brilliant. Can I just say, "Let's do it again in June?"


Kate Fall said...

I love conferences. I wish there were more of them closer to me. And Mindy really does know everyone! ;) Great pictures.

Kimbra Kasch said...

I love conferences too but I've never been so well dressed as you - what fun.

Andrea Mack said...

Christy, you do make it sound like so much fun!

Kelly Polark said...

So amazing you go to go! Looks like fun!!! I'd love to go to more conferences. I've been to my local SCBWI one, which was great, but I'd really love to go to the LA one someday!

Bish Denham said...

I am SO jealous! and glad that you had a wonderful time.

Karen Strong said...

Sigh. Ah, memories.

And that cake was SO good. I mean, duh, we had to get out on the floor and dance with all that sugar and icing in our belly. LOL.

The FL SCBWI conference was one of the best ones I've attended in a while.

Larissa said...


It was such an awesome conference! :) I can't wait for June!!!

Christina Farley said...

It really was fun!

Marcia said...

This looks awesome -- thanks for sharing the details.

Rena Jones said...

Looks like so much fun!

Robyn Campbell said...

I want to go to the SCBWI LA sooooo bad. Sooooo bad it hurts! OUCH!

I've been to our SCBWI Carolinas and it was a BLAST! I hope to go in September. *gazing at a wishing star just now*

Nice post.