Looking Back, Looking Forward

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Wow. It’s Sunday. Can’t believe almost a whole week has passed since I returned from the Summer 2010 SCBWI conference in Los Angeles.

It took me nearly a week to recover. I’ve been to three of these conferences now, and this is the longest it’s taken me to re-enter my world. Which of course makes me stop to contemplate why.

The most obvious reason is that I didn’t get to sleep until about 2 a.m. each morning because I was spending time talking with writers and friends in the fabulous lobby of the Hyatt Century Plaza. Good, good times.

The not-so-obvious reason is that at this conference I made a deliberate effort to push myself out of my comfort zones, both socially (in the interactions with other writers and industry professionals) and mentally (in working out what’s next for my current projects). For someone who is happy to spend her days reading and daydreaming in her cozy little cave, such efforts cost me a lot of energy.

That deliberate pushing of myself out of comfort zones? Totally paid off.

Which brings me to today, to right now. I’ve finally recovered my energy and am ready to get my keester back in gear and get down to work. Serious work. Here’s what that’s going to look like in terms of this blog.

Over the next few days I’ll be sharing what I learned at the conference.

After I’m done sharing the conference highlights, I’ll be posting on the following schedule (which you can also see in the right side bar):

  • Monday: Writing-craft topic
  • Wednesday: Cross-over post from The Parking Lot Confessional
  • Thursday: Flash fiction piece
  • Friday: Writing-life topic

In short, I need to be devoting as much of my word power to my current projects. So I’m posting here less and writing in my WiP more. My goal for this blog is to share what I’m learning and discovering along the way. It’s not a drastic change as far as the schedule goes, but it’s a mental shift for me.

I’m excited for what the next couple of months hold. And I’m excited to share them with you.

As always, thank you for reading.


6 thoughts on “Looking Back, Looking Forward

    amanda said:
    August 8, 2010 at 11:34 am

    Can’t wait to hear more about how the conference went. Good for you for pushing yourself…that’s how you get results! I’m also spending less time blogging and more time writing — if the opposite were true how would we ever finish anything to blog about? Best to you, and happy writing!

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    Joey said:
    August 8, 2010 at 9:02 pm

    Thanks for sharing your enthusiasm. Sorry to have missed out this year. Lots of great tweets. Thank u.

      Amy K. Nichols said:
      August 8, 2010 at 10:02 pm

      Hi Joey! Sorry you weren’t able to make the conference. Are you planning on going to the regional events coming up? Maybe we’ll see each other there. Good to hear from you. I hope you’re having a successful year with your art and writing!

    Lisa Nowak said:
    August 9, 2010 at 1:56 pm

    Sounds like you had an awesome time. I just got finished volunteering at the Willamette Writers Conference this weekend, so I’m beat, too.

      Amy K. Nichols said:
      August 23, 2010 at 2:27 pm

      I’m totally behind on responding to comments. Apologies! How was the Willmette Writers Conference? Did you find that volunteering interfered with your ability to participate in the conference? I’ve always wondered that.

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