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It’s a Beautiful Day for a Writers Conference

I’m in lovely Eureka Springs, Arkansas today. It’s been raining the entire time I’ve been here, but the mountains are still gorgeous. Besides, any day is a beautiful day for a writers conference.

I’m attending the Ozark Creative Writers Conference and having a wonderful time. I know several of the writers here, and the creative energy in the venue is contagious. I was so amped up that I could hardly sleep last night.

I drove in Friday morning for a couple of reasons. First, I didn’t want to the miss the October Joplin Writers’ Guild meeting, which is my favorite meeting of the year. We have our Fall Contest every October, and the talent of my fellow members never ceases to amaze me. I was blown away by more than one story. As for my entry, I wrote a ghost story that was much sadder than my normal stories. I cried while writing it, and I believe I touched the hearts of a few of my colleagues. They must have liked it because I won 1st Place.

The second reason I chose to leave my house at 5:00 a.m. is that I didn’t want to pay for another night in a hotel. My room is comfortable enough, but I saved over $100.00 by driving up Friday morning. That means I got up at 3:00 a.m., but a writer must do what she must.

I’ve already learned a lot of great stuff that I can use in work. Today is going to be epic. I am attending a breakout session on writing the paranormal, which is what I typically write. Then tonight is the awards banquet where I will find out if I placed in any of the 13 competitions I entered. I’m so excited! I may not place in any of them, but at least I tried.

I hope you all have a fabulous weekend wherever you are. Rest assured, I’m having a wonderful time.

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