Man, have I been AWOL for awhile! Lots of stuff has been going on in my world, none of which I’ll bore you with today. Instead, I want to tell you where I was last week.
I attended West Texas A&M University’s Writers Academy in Canyon, TX . . . a full week of workshops and activities. I took the class by Jodi Thomas and it was great getting invaluable information from her about writing and the business of writing. We had a small class (11 people) so we got to know each other pretty well. I truly miss my classmates already!
In addition to the morning class, they had various other activities planned that we could participate in.
Monday afternoon I found time to take a much needed nap. I made the 6 hour drive by myself on Sunday and the adrenalin carried me through the day and evening. Monday was a different story. That evening, there was a banquet and book signing. Then I found out one of the staff members is also a member of Ladies of Harley. Cool. Another biker. Got to see her bike Friday. It’s purple and SPARKLES! Loved it!
Tuesday evening several of us went to The Big Texan, a steakhouse. They have the most interesting décor.
Here’s a picture of Romney Nesbit and Alexandra Sokoloff being serenaded. Romney and I joined in on the chorus of Living on Tulsa Time.
Editor Hilary Sares probably thought we were nuts. 🙂
We then headed to the Charles Goodnight cemetery. He was instrumental in developing the Texas Panhandle. For some reason, people leave a bandana on the fence surrounding his grave. I wrote, “I never met a man I didn’t like. Will Rogers. Claremore, OK” on my bandana. Hey, figured it was fitting considering I’m an Okie.
Wednesday night we attended the play TEXAS at Palo Duro Canyon. Here I am at the lookout. Isn’t that a magnificent view behind me?
The play was at the bottom of the canyon floor, 1,000 feet below the lookout. At the end they lit up the side of the canyon wall and had a huge American flag also lit. Brought tears to my eyes.
Thursday night was movie night (A Murder of Crows) with popcorn and candy. Nice and relaxing. And in-between everything, we were critiquing each other’s pages. I was so impressed with the level of writing of my classmates.
I came home exhausted but so pumped about my own writing. Got a plot problem figured out, too. Yea! I loved spending the week immersed in writing and can’t wait until next year. Oh, and this is me and Jodi ‘clowning’ around. Hey, you should take your writing seriously . . . not yourself. Right? 😉
Of course I can’t leave out my wonderful roommate, Linda Broday. If you haven’t read her, you need to! She’s a great writer!!
So that’s it. My week in a nutshell. Loved every exhausting minute of it!