Friday, February 3, 2012

Life, the Universe, and Everything

Nothing like attending a funeral to make you ponder the meaning of life, the universe, and everything. Especially when it's such a great guy, like my husband's Grandpa Frank.
Grandpa Frank's Big Fish didn't normally get away
You know what else makes you ponder that sort of stuff? Great writing conferences, like this one:
If you are or can arrange to be anywhere near Orem, Utah next week, you really need to come. It's cheap, it has over 100 panels and other events, and, for the second year in a row, it has... wait for it... wait for it... ME! Yes, I'm moderating again. I'll be on the following panels:

Thursday, February 9, 10:00 am
Podcasting for Writers (Perfect, right?)
Also on the panel: Daniel Coleman, Stephen Gashler, Robert J Defendi

Thursday, February 9, 2:00 pm
Tolkien and Lewis: why they are still relevant after seventy years 
Also on the panel: Michael R. Collings, Jessica Harmon, James A. Owen

Friday, February 10, 7:00 pm 
Why we love horror 
Also on the panel: Nathan Shumate, Michael R. Collings, Jenn R. Johansson

Then, in all my spare time, I'll also be gophering. Yes, you should be jealous. There is nothing more fun than getting a back-stage pass to all the conference fun. And all I have to do is carry some water, hustle hither-and-yon with an important-looking clipboard, and boss people around (five minutes, Mr. Sanderson)!


So who's coming?


  1. Argh - not me, this time. Maybe next year. Can't wait to hear how it went for everyone!

  2. Sorry about your husband's grandpa. Fantastic picture, though.

    I am jealous. Incredibly jealous. I was just looking at the schedule yesterday wishing there was some way to teleport back and forth from Louisiana to Utah so I could see the crew of Writing Excuses, check out some of the events, and still keep all my local obligations. Maybe next year.

    Have fun wielding your magic clipboard! ;)

  3. Oh, I want to SOOO bad! I'm thinking of dumping everything and just doing it :)

  4. Come, Angie!

    Me! Me! I'm going. And I'm gophering, too. But not moderating. That would scare the crap out of me.

  5. I wish I could! I've heard so many fabulous things about this conference. Have fun!
    And Grandpa Joe sounds like a wonderful person to have known:)