Crested Butte: Day One

Wow. I survived the weekend. I feel like I’ve been on a reality T.V. show. Ya know the one where they strand you in the Rockies for four days. There are four teams of writers and each team is lead by a published author, editor or agent and you ALL have to get out of the mountains without killing or pissing each other off. Seriously, though, it was an AWESOME event. Thanks so much to Theresa, Barbara and all the wonderful volunteers who make it happen every year.

I met so many great authors and Ginger Clark, agent extraordinaire. She gave me several wonderful suggestions and permission to query later on. By the way, I won second place in the competition, which was better than I’d expected, so I’m tickled pink. I hope to go back again – maybe not next year, but who knows? If I do, I’ll remember to pack more bottled water. And oxygen. My four-year old came downhill with a nosebleed. For me, it wasn’t physically hard except for the sleep deprivation. It was 2 1/2 days of non-stop learning that felt like four days. My head’s so full it will take me days just to blog about all of it, but I hope to give you briefs on each of the talks I attended. If I’m lucky, I’ll start that tomorrow. As of Tuesday night, it’s time to play Mommy/Wife and prepare a meal.

I wish it could be something like the conference’s poached salmon, but at least it won’t be marmoset on a stick. After all, we left the camera crew behind us at 9,000 feet.




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10 Responses to “Crested Butte: Day One”

  1. Dara says:

    Yay! Sounds like an awesome experience. At least it sounds better than my trip to Hilton Head this past weekend 😛 Talk about an experience!

  2. Sandy Shin says:

    That sounds wonderful. And congratulations on placing second! 🙂

  3. Janet Johnson says:

    Sounds wonderful! Can't wait to hear it all. And congrats again on 2nd!

  4. Victoria Dixon says:

    Thanks, guys! Now I just need to spit and polish. And spit.

    And polish. ;D

  5. Victoria Dixon says:

    Hey, now, Dara. I just looked up your trip to Hilton Head on your blog and you never go into detail. What gives there? ;D

  6. catwoods says:

    That sounds like the most adventurous and fantastic conference ever.

    Congrats on taking second and the invite to query a super awesome agent.


  7. Medeia Sharif says:

    Congrats on getting 2nd place.

    This sounds like an adventurous conference.

  8. Victoria Dixon says:

    It was the best conference experience I've ever had. Easily. Yes, the area's gorgeous and all that, but more importantly, they had amazing speakers who never ceased stuffing our heads with more knowledge. And it was stuff for writers at any given level of experience. The speakers had suggestions, ideas and encouragement appropriate for everyone.
    My husband tells me I still have that glazed over expression I get when I've attempted to process too much, but I'm sorting through stuff.

    Slowly. Oooh. Ly word.

  9. Rachna Chhabria says:

    Victoria…..sounds like you had a great time. Congratulations on the 2nd!!!

  10. Jeannie Lin says:

    A writing conference and a hike in the mountains. Can't get better than that! Well, maybe a nice relaxing conference in the Bahamas.

    Congratulations on second place and best of luck querying Ginger Clark! She's a tough one — no response means not interested. But you got a chance to network with is awesome.

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