Guess what I got for Valentine's Day?
Yep, you're wrong!
But let's focus on the more important things.
Unfortunately, it's over. The possibly three best day of the whole year have passed by, to be seen in a year. The only words I can say that will bring this conference to justice is that it changed my life.
I got to hang out with a bunch of authors, some of which are:
Tyler Whitesides. Inside joke: "Do you know Optimus Prime?"
Bree Despain - who gave an ARC of The Savage Grace which, by the way, was unbelievable awesome. (review coming soon) She also talked with us for a while, which is always fun and appreciated.
Brodi Ashton - I just bought her debut novel Everneath. She signed it with a nice note inside, and during the signing, after her line was done with, we jumped in to talk to her and tattooed our faces with Everneath tattoos.
Brandon Sanderson - I think I'll allow Matt to tell the story of "Stop Peeking".
James Dashner - Of course I didn't forget Dashner! Many, many hilarious things that I don't think James realized were hilarious seemed to happen around him. I'm still laughing about a couple of them. Anyway, James did something AWESOME for us, which will be more publicly announced in springtime.
Of course other authors were there, all of which I didn't get a picture with because I'm too lazy. Robison Wells, Dan Wells, Larry Correia, Tracy Hickman, Elana Johnson. (I know I'm forgetting a few.)
All of the panels improved me as a writer. All in all, the conference re-motivated me. I'm gonna start writing and reading more. (Reading I've literally failed at). I just read The Savage Grace in no less than two days, so I think I've kicked off my new reading goal pretty well.
NEW READING GOAL: To read at least 8 books a month. I'm pretty sure I can do it.
I also got to hang out at the Inkpageant booth, and with David Powers King who gave me a very positive one-page critique on Vampire Dreams, read us one page of his novel Woven, and gave us an awesome shout-out on his blog which you can see HERE.
I could literally go on and on about this conference. So many life-changing, hilarious, adventurous, and awesome things happened there. I finally got to meet Matt in person, which we discovered that we're pretty much exactly alike.
I wish I could tell you about all of the stuff that happened during LTUE, but I fear that it's very good book content, and I will one day use the majority of it in my novels.
'You have...stuff in your hair?'
Until next time,