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Vegas!

Hey, guys.It’s been way too long since I’ve blogged!
I’ve just returned from Las Vegas, where I attended the 20 books to 50K conference. It was amazing! I’m so glad I attended. It’s reaffirming to sit in a room full of people and know that they too have imaginary friends. I am not alone!
One of the coolest sessions I attended was a 45-minute speech by Dean Wesley Smith. He’s well known in the indie-author community. His speech entitled, “Writing Into the Dark,” really resonated with Susan, an author sitting next to me. She writes romance science fiction, and she told me she had just recently won her five-year battle with a traditional publisher to get back the rights to nine books. Nine! Now, she’s polishing and publishing them herself. Each book will be released 30 days apart. This is the same publisher whom I pitched “A Year to Geno” with at a writers conference last month. Hmm. Maybe I won’t submit my book there. Maybe I will revise the book, allow my copy editor to hone it, and then republish it with a new cover. Yeah. I like that idea. This cover will have a basset hound in it.
There’s so much to take away from the conference, but I guess to sum it up best, I would say: don’t give in to fear. Dream big dreams. Believe in my writing. Don’t be afraid to tell the story I want to tell. Does it fit the scaffolding of a romance? Um, probably not. Tell it anyway! Those are lessons worth a trip to Vegas.

Hands and arms inside the cart: Why I rejoined Facebook.

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The closest I’ve gotten to the Eiffel Tower so far.
Paris Las Vegas
I caught an Uber from the conference to the Vegas strip. Here I pose outside Paris Las Vegas.

 

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My spiritual sister and anything else I ever needed

From left: Sara, Guy, and Annie, who sent me this picture. Annie wrote, “Sara is 95 and my best friend for over 60 years. My husband, Guy, is in the middle. We were at Sara’s birthday party when this picture was taken two weeks ago. She and her husband, Travis, were our back yard neighbors in 1957 when we bought our first little house. They stayed with our little girls when our son was born and were what we call our kids’ Baptist Godparents! Travis died five years ago. Our daughter named a son Travis. This couple was friends we traveled with, had meals with, babysat when needed, loved our kids when natural grandparents were not there. Sara has been my spiritual sister, and anything else I ever needed. She is fun and still going strong. She plays the harmonica and sings in choir at her church, a remarkable woman.”
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Another picture I love: sisters and Mom

From left: Debbie, Jody, and Tammy, who sent me the picture. She wrote Debbie is her sister and best friend; Jody is her role model. I don’t know what I like most about this photo: their expressions or the sign Tammy is holding up. Oh well. I love it! It made me so happy to receive it. Thank you.