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Some of my many talents include making a mean box of Mac & Cheese, drawing stick figures, creating blog designs and finding Waldo.

If I could do anything I wanted, I'd train to be a lion tamer. Totally serious. I'm not sure how one gets on that career path, but it's on my list of to-dos. Also on my list? Travel to London, learn sign language and be the best mom I can be to my little boy. Oh, and get published. Yep, I'm ambitious like that. Read more about me here.

May 18, 2015

Storymakers - AKA, the Best Writing Conference Ever

I was super lucky and got to go to the LDStormakers Conference this year. You GUYS! It was awesome sauce. I learned so much from the amazing panels, workshops and classes. I met so many nice, down to earth authors. I finally was able to meet some people in real life who I've been Twitter friends with for years. 

In other words, it was an epic weekend. 

Without further ado, he'res a run down of why you should be jealous:

Me, Darci Cole, Cassie Mae and Jolene Perry (they've written so many books I can't list them all)
So, even though we were learning so much my brain was about to explode, there  was still plenty of time for fun and games. Authors know how to party. (Also, the above picture is my favorite from the entire conference. For obvious reasons.)

I wore my ampersand necklace (Leandra, I thought you'd approve) because where else would I find people who could appreciate my grammar geekery?

Of course, out of all the attendees, I had to wear almost the exact same outfit as someone else (Look! Even our hair cut is similar! How insane is that? People kept getting us mixed up all day.)

Me and Cortney Pearson (author of Such a Secret Place)
It was crazy how many people I met who'd had me design their blogs. It was fun putting a face to all the emails!

Peggy Eddleman (author of Sky Jumpers) and me. She's much cooler than I am.
All the classes were amazing. After this weekend, I have so many new ideas on what to do with my WIP. I'm excited to test out some new (to me) techniques.

David Powers King (author of Woven) and me.
I was able to reconnect with friends and authors who I've met/hung out with before. It always makes me feel like a rock star when I can say "I know so-and-so".

Me and Janette Rallison, author of a bazillion books.
Okay, I won't lie. I sort of fan girled when I got to sit in Janette's class. Then I talked with her afterwards. Then I stalked her at the signing. (As one does.) So sue me, she's my favorite author and I was kind of a crazy case. But she was super nice about it. Also, I'm not sorry.

Brandon Mull, middle grade author extraordinaire and me.
I don't know if you can really tell from this picture, but Brandon Mull is tall guys. Like super tall. He's crouching to even fit in the same frame as me. 

Brandon Sanderson, mega fantasy author and me.
I got to meet so many big time authors, it was like going back stage at a concert. SO MUCH FUN. Also, they're all super nice. Of course.

I wish I'd taken more pictures--of the panels, lectures, etc. But I was so busy being bathed in awesomeness I mostly forgot. I was like a sponge, soaking up every minute of instruction. I have lots of notes to go through, lots of ideas to sort out, and lots of inspiration to keep me going.

However, I partied hard pretty much all weekend. So, right now, I'm going to go sleep.