It's already OVER!
I can't believe the last few days went by so quickly.
This morning, my roommate, Barb Satow, put on a fascinating and useful presentation on all the tricks and tools for Internet searching.
Then we attended an interesting workshop on how NOT to make history boring.
There were other workshops available on Point Of View, developing characters, doing your homework to prepare for writing a book, networking, the future of publishing, and more. Very useful, depending on what you were looking for at the conference.
During a break, we ran over to the Visitor Center and looked through the bookstore -- always a dangerous thing to do. I made notes on several authors I want to check up on later. And I'm still looking for souvenirs to take home to my nephews and niece!
At lunch, Debra Dixon (of Goal, Motivation and Conflict fame) talked about a writer's voice. Then more workshops followed, along with the New Voices contest presentation.
Barb and I spent a good couple hours walking through the museum in Williamsburg - clothes, folk art, furniture, dishes, musical instruments. Did you know someone made a fiddle out of a tortoise shell? And there's a record player hidden inside the hippoceros (a combination of a rhnocerous and a hippopotomos -- don't believe me? come check it out for yourself!)
We literally walked ourselves exhausted and aching. before taking a shuttle back to the visitor center and our hotel, to rest up for an hour before it was time to dress up and walk down to the conference center for the 2011 EPIC Awards banquet.
I presented the winners for YA fiction and the Ariana award for YA cover art.
Nope, my three books didn't win in their categories, BUT ... I'm still a winner because..........
Jenifer Ranieri, the lovely and talented cover artist for Desert Breeze Publishing -- MY cover artist -- won FOUR Ariana Awards for her cover art!!!
In spiritual and/or metaphysical cover art: Beyond Summer
In historical and/or western cover art: Queen of Hearts
In science fiction/futuristic fiction/romance cover art: End Game
In fantasy and/or paranormal romance cover art: Daughter of Ashes
AND, Jude Glad, my editor and publisher and cover artist, won the Ariana for Fantasy and/or paranormal fiction for Lady Warhawk, the 4th in my Zygradon Chronicles series.
I'm so happy for them!!!
Go on over to Uncial Press and Desert Breeze Publishing and check out the gorgeous cover art, and congratulate Jude and Jenifer!!