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Life, the Universe and Everything Happens This Weekend

February 7, 2012

Yes, it’s true. Life, the Universe and Everything (lovingly known as LTUE) is happening again this weekend in Orem, Utah. I’m so excited because for the first time I have a gaggle of friends coming with me. If we were going to solve a mystery, they would be my Scooby gang. I really like that idea.

I have a soft spot for LTUE because it is the first writing conference of any kind that I attended. Mostly because it was free to students and my sister attended BYU so I could stay at her place while it was going on. The conference is still free to students and the tiny fee I have to pay is well worth every penny. I got to meet Gail Carson Levine, Orson Scott Card and Shannon Hale for the first time there, years ago. And this year features the Writing Excuses Podcast Team. Yeah!

Living in Utah is actually a great place to be for a writer. It may not be as glamorous as New York or Seattle but we have so many writers. Good writers too. #1 New York Times bestselling writers. We have 3/4 of the Writing Excuses Team. We also have many writing conferences that range from genre to literary, free to highly expensive. All of the ones I have attended are wonderful.

Which is why I probably won’t be blogging much this week. I hope to write a summary post by Sunday but we’ll see what happens.  I may be so overly inspired I write a novel in a weekend.* In the meantime, here are a few quotes and links to amuse, enlighten and astound you:

The Inside Secrets to Pixar’s Success: I love Pixar and I recently watched a documentary about the company. This article explains their work ethics and values that lead to their success. I agree with everything they say and think it is worth considering.

The 265 Word Sentence or How a Writer Avoids a Problematic Scene: This puts my 250 words per day to shame. But highly amusing and oh so clever, as Mary Robinette Kowal always is.

Video: The Difference Between Middle Grade and Young Adult: You’re welcome wondering writer.

“The king died and then the queen died” is a story. “The king died, and then the queen died of grief” is a plot….”The queen died, no one knew why, until it was discovered that it was through grief at the death of the king.” This is a plot with a mystery in it, a form capable of high development.


* Those who know me are laughing right now. So am I :)

3 Comments leave one →
  1. February 8, 2012 11:35 am

    I will only solve a mystery if I can be a Nancy Drew-like character. Which means I need a sky blue roadster and you’ll have to be Bess (or George) and the other girls will have to fight over who gets to be George (or Bess).

    • February 8, 2012 1:08 pm

      Come on, you could be Daphne in the Scooby gang! LOL. Is it sad that I didn’t even know the other Nancy Drew character names?? *shame*

  2. February 8, 2012 1:48 pm

    Leaving tomorrow… WOOHOO!

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