Been a long, long time. I know. You're probably shocked that I'm writing at all. Or that I'm alive. Or that I remember what a blog is.
You'd not be far off! Took a while to get that login password right, actually.
But life is a bit calmer, and I've had some opportunities to reconnect with the writing and editing and publishing world. Well, I'm always connected to writing and publishing working for the Ensign.
But the writing of fiction, books, and story outside of human interest and inspiration, well, LTUE and the ANWA conference have had a big impact. I've been a presenter at both conferences this year, and I'm really loving it. I love the people, the industry folks, interacting with writers of all walks, and I lvoe talking shop.
This weekend I've been attending the ANWA conference. This is a women's writing conference sponsored in Arizona. Yeah, you're asking, 'what the heck are you doing at a women's writing conference?'
Well, I'm not the only guy here! Check out the faculty bios. Great, great people. This is one of the main reasons to come to a conference. Opportunities to pitch are why I used to come. But spend a little time with Anita Mumm, Jane Dystel, Lisa Mangum, and a host of the other professionals, and you soon learn what makes them tick and why they are successful, and I don't mean just because they are successful. These are real people who want to cultivate relationships and clients. And that means you can have a great time just being together. And that's a great part of why I do what I do.
If you are ever in Arizona during an ANWA conference, you should attend. Some of the best classes I've ever been too, and some of the most intimate and wonderful connections I've made. Been a great time. Thanks, ANWA folks!