It’s already the middle of July. How on earth did that happen? Wow. Can I blame it on the jetlag?
Now that my big international trip of the year is done, I’m looking forward to a few more things that are getting ready to happen this year. At the very beginning of August, a friend and I are going to a writing conference in St. Louis.
RealmMakers, from what I understand, is either the first or the only Christian science fiction and fantasy writing conference out there. The keynote speaker is the editor of Marcher Lord Press, a publisher that only does Christian-themed science fiction and fantasy. (Marcher Lord is where my manuscript Nameless is sitting at the moment.) I’m just super excited about all of the things that we could potentially learn there and all the contacts we can make.
I love writing conferences, but getting to go to one specifically for science fiction and fantasy truly appeals to me because I’m positive that there are “weirder” things out there than what I write! So if I walk up to someone and tell them that I have walking, talking fox people with wings in my story, they won’t think I’m weird!
The conference is August 2 and August 3, so my amazing writer friend (yes, another one) and I will be leaving after work on August 1. I think it’s only about a six hour drive. Maybe. We’ll see.
I need to go back over the schedule and the sessions and make a final decision on what I want to focus on while I’m there. My first love is science fiction and fantasy, though, so no matter what I learn, it’ll be helpful.
After RealmMakers, I’ll be shipping off to Chicago for a work-related media event. Then, once I get back, I’ll probably be jumping straight into the massive drama outreach my church does every year in October. Yes, it starts in October, but we have to start getting ready for it in August. And we’ll likely have dramas on stage at church in November (which I need to start writing), and we’ll also probably have something on stage for Christmas too.
The first half of the year has flown by, and I think the second half is going to go even faster! Yikes. I have a lot of work to do! I’d better get busy!