The Space Coast Writers’ Guild puts on a writing conference every year, around the end of January…and it always manages to sneak up on me 😛 It’s a small, comfortable conference, and we do manage to get some very good people to come and speak. This year we have something like five agents and two or three editors, so I’m hoping that will draw more people in.
Info about it, including speakers, events, and registration, can be found here: http://www.scwg.org/conference.asp
It sneaks up on me despite the fact that I’ve been in charge of designing the program for the past…I think this will be my fifth conference, and the fourth that I’ve done the program for. But inevitably there’ll be that moment in mid-January where my brain goes, “Hmm, the conference is in 10 days…WAIT WHAT?? *panic*”
Now this year I almost have something like an excuse. I’ve been getting stuff ready to enter Amazon’s Breakthrough Novel contest, AND working on a drawing for the Beautiful Creatures contest over at deviantART. I have, thankfully, gotten both of those done, so I can concentrate on the conference program these next few days.
This is how the Lena pic came out. Pen and ink, like I’ve been doing, but then I took it into Photoshop, cleaned it up a bit, and added a little bit of coloration. We’ll see how it does; last night I did some poking around on deviantART, looking at the other entries, and the competition looks to be pretty stiff.
As far as the conference program goes, in the past I’ve found that making the program is always quicker than making the initial registration booklet. All the graphics and photos and stuff are essentially made; all I have to do is reorganize them.
This year is going to be a little different, as we’re making an actual 8.5×11 sized program complete with ads. I’m actually looking forward to having the extra space; inevitably the most difficult part is not so much making the content look good, but fitting it all in. Of course it might end up like a purse: the more space you have, the more stuff you end up putting in. I could be eating these words…we’ll see. I plan to have a rough draft done by Thursday.
The conference means I probably won’t be making much headway into anything else until the beginning of February. I’ve got several drawings planned, and am going to start really working on the Grimm project.
I’m putting Mask of Eldermarch on hold for now, pending the results of the Amazon contest. If Hands, Like Secrets does end up advancing all the way to the end (hey, I can hope), then I will need to get Promises, Like Tears edited and get moving onto the last book. If it doesn’t, then I’ll pick Mask back up again. I do intent to get one novel finished this year…just not sure which one it will be yet.
That’s it for now. See you after the conference!