Saturday, February 11, 2012

LTUE Day 2 Recap

Wow, seriously.. do you folks who have been going to this realize just how good you've got it? Incredible day!

EJ Patten's first book in
the Hunter Chronicles Series,
'Return to Exile'
I had the opportunity to speak personally with 3 NYTimes best sellers, to learn how to develop my characters from an author whose book I just recently finished, (EJ Patten ----->), and to have a professional Line/Content editor divulge the mistakes that most new authors make, and give tips on how to avoid them.

Then, on top of all that, there's a new story idea rattling around in my head from a conversation this morning with an author published by Tor and Harper Collins.

Now I'm about to go get a few hours sleep before I rush back to listen to another NYTimes multiple best seller, and.. oh yeah.. an hour listening to that Brandon Sanderson guy, (you know.. the one that's finishing Robert Jordan's 'Wheel of Time' series?) plus, L.E.Modesitt Jr, Dave Wolverton, and Tracy Hickman.

Tracy Hickman, who in many respects planted the writing bug in me.  It was his DragonLance: The Twins series that were the first fantasy books I was ever completely engrossed in.  Those were the first books I ever spent my own money to buy, a profound moment for a teenager.

So again.. do you Utah people have any concept of how lucky you are to have this in your backyard?  All Boise had was occasional book signings at CostCo, (and Yes, I've actually run into an author that I met at the Boise CostCo here at LTUE, Laura Bingham).

I've soaked in the ambiance for 2 days, and I feel like my batteries have been recharged for at least the next year. What an incredible opportunity.  If I'd have known about this sooner, I'd have driven down from Boise sooner to get in on this!

10 comments:

  1. Fellow campaigner here. Looking forward to getting to know you a bit more.

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  2. I'm a campaigner too and I like the fresh layout of your blog. Nicely done!

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  3. Hi! Stopping by from the campaign. I have been seeing all kinds of twitter activity about this conference. Sounds like it was awesome!

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  4. Sounds like you've had a great time. I'm insanely envious of the experience. ;-)

    Just stopped by to say hi from the Campaign. :-)

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  5. Hi there, I'm another campaigner stopping by!

    Sounds like you're benefiting from an amazing conference! Hope the rest of it is fantastic!

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  6. I've only recently heard of this conference. Makes me wish I could go to the one back home in Oregon in a couple of weeks!

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  7. Sounds like you had a great opportunity!! Stopping by from campaign, looking forward to getting to know you!!

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  8. Sounds awesome! Have fun! And hello from the Campaign :)

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  9. Hello Kevin. I was at the LTUE as well and I also went to EJ Patten's classes. How fun. I probably saw you and didn't even know it until now. Well it's good to meet you now though!

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    1. You too. It was my first time and I was blown away. What a tremendous resource for anyone around the SLC area.

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