Wednesday, September 8, 2010

8 Reasons I’m Pumped for ACFW


In a little over one week I’ll be at the ACFW conference. I’m excited to say the least. And here are eight reasons why:
  • Adult Conversations.

  • Finally, I’ll get to meet friends I’ve been blogging with for years. I’ll meet other writing contacts as well, new people I can get to know, laugh with, and even dance with. Surely there’ll be dancing. (At least in our room there will be—perhaps it will be me alone dancing, but I’ll dance like I’ve never danced before.)

  • My meals will be without interruptions. And even if I am interrupted, it will be by another adult. Ah, surrounded by grownups. (Rumor has it there’s a chocolate party one night…need I say more.)

  • I’ll be able to close the door when I go to the bathroom without expecting incessant knocks or a little someone to bust in on me. And in return for having this wonderful privacy, I promise not to bust in on any agents with my proposal in hand. Yeah for privacy!

  • I can get dressed without children commenting on my body and I’ll change out of my pajamas before noon.

  • There’s a chance I’ll meet my future agent, editor, or friends.

  • I’ll have plenty of opportunities to uplift and encourage other writers and I’ll get to celebrate the winners of the Genesis contest at the banquet.

  • I’m pitching two novels at the conference and as I write this I have most of my ducks in a row. Some of them keep trying to make a break for the waves, but I’ll get ’em in line on time. All they really want to do is dance.

What excites you most about attending conferences?

*I’m also excited because I’d planned on attending the Festival of Faith & Writing last April and had to cancel due to a sad family event. Although not going crushed me, I see now how God continues to orchestrate all things for good.

**photo by flickr

24 comments:

  1. I'm excited to meet friends I've made while blogging and make new ones. And all the reasons you list above. Can't wait to meet you, Wendy!

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  2. LOVE your geese! Can you believe I just wrote a scene with geese?

    Can't wait to give you a hug!!!
    Patti

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  3. LOL! I hear ya about the "changing clothes" part. Sheesh, is a little privacy too much to ask? :)
    I get all excited to attend the workshops and see and meet new writers and old friends.

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  4. The more writers we meet, the more we learn about the industry, and every aspiring author can use that!
    Have a great time. :)

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  5. Lol, I love the idea of uninterrupted meals and bathroom breaks too! :) And I look forward to meeting you and my other online buddies.

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  6. Oh you're going to have SO much fun!!! I like going for all the aforementioned reasons. :-)

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  7. so jealous. last conference i attended was the BYU WIFYR in june of 2009. oh wait and NY writers conference in november 2009. and i loved both of them for all the reasons you mentioned!

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  8. I am so happy for you:) I want all the wonderful details to that I can formulate my pitch for hubby to attend next year!

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  9. You pretty much covered them!! I can't wait!!

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  10. I just like getting away. And the creative energy I gain from being in a room with dozens of other writers fills me up like nothing else. Except Jesus.

    Love the geese!

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  11. Have a great time! I hope you come back with some great inspiration.

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  12. Wonderful reasons! I hope you have a fantastic time!
    Blessings,
    Karen :)

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  13. I'm really looking forward to meeting you!

    I'm ready for a time of renewal. Refocus, recharging, and really good company!

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  14. Oh Wendy, I'm so excited for you. You will have a great time! I go each year to the Florida Christian Writers Conf. I met some life long friends and the info and contacts you make are invaluable! Enjoy, enjoy!

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  15. Ha! I can relate. I look forward to meeting all my blogging friends too.

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  16. Hi Wendy -

    Wish I was going to ACFW - maybe next year. I did get to Philly and had a grand ol' time with my friends, both old and new.

    Blessings,
    Susan :)

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  17. So happy for you. You will have a ball Im sure. I love pitching and meeting other writers. I wish I was going!!

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  18. Sounds perfectly wonderful. Here's to open doors and yeses!

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  19. Awesome list! A good friend of mine, and my critique buddy, is going! I hope you find her there -- she's so nervous to be going alone. Her name is Stacy Henrie.

    The best thing about conferences for me is being around other writers. They just get me.

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  20. You are going to have an awesome time! And your books are perfect:)) I wish wish I could be on that list to meet you but like you said, God has his plans and it isn't that I go this year. Hey--but there is next time!
    But I expect lots of pictures and notes about it!

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  21. Wendy:
    Trying to decide about going to a conference in early November. Found out last night a church friend might want to go.

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  22. So excited for you, Wendy! My good friend Dorothy Adamak, from Australia will be there. Sounds like you've been anticipating this one for a while. Hope it exceeds all of your expectations. And I'll be praying for a book contract for you as well!!

    Thanks for stopping by my site today! I know God's grace will see you through when your 'empty-nest' time comes. Until then, enjoy every moment with those kiddos!! God bless you!

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  23. Wish I could go hang with all you fiction writers! Us, non-fiction girls, we don't have the fun you all do... with your story lines and dialogue lessons and character development! :)

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  24. My friend Elana Johnson mentioned you were going too! I know what you mean about getting all the ducks in a row - I signed up for the conference three weeks ago, so it's been a mad rush getting ready. But I'm looking forward to making new friends, meeting industry professionals, and just soaking up the writerly vipes.

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