Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Back from Conference!

And what a fabulous conference it was! It was so great to meet up with Sara and Amanda again and catch up with writer friends I only ever get to see once a year. I also met the very lovely Shelley Munro for real this time!

I do have photos, and they may well be incriminating, but much to my disgust the damn camera cable has gone missing so I can't upload anything. My husband said it's on his desk but since his desk is in an even WORSE mess than mine, it's like looking for the proverbial needle. I live in hope he'll be able to put his hand on it when he gets home!!!

Anyway! Back to the conference. Our room was fab as Sara got us a suite (although no strawberries and chocolate were in sight, yes Suz I am looking at you!!!) And for once it wasn't raining when I arrived in Auckland! In fact it was sunny!! What a difference the weather makes.

On Friday best selling author Mary Jo Putney took three workshops including one on brainstorming that sparked lots of ideas in the witches, ie that we should get together in cyberspace and actively brainstorm!! Nalini Singh also took a couple of workshops, one on Friday on world building (I love world building) and the other on Sunday, on writing the paranormal. I had a major light bulb moment at that one, not so much that I hadn't thought about the point raised but that I had kind of poked it into a corner and tried to forget about it. Well, that won't work!!! So lots of brainstorming in my immediate future (see above. Yeah I'm crafty!!)

Agent Melissa Jeglinski from the Knight Agency gave an illuminating talk on the role of an agent and Mary-Theresa Hussey (aka Matrice) Executive Editor for Silhouettte Books talked about the various Harlequin lines.

Oh and one last thing before I go search for the cable again. On the back of my placemat at the Saturday night Awards dinner I was lucky enough to get a pic of the gorgeous Hugh Jackman in all his (sem-) naked glory! Yum!


Eleni Konstantine said...

Sounds like you had a fantastic time, and what better than meeting up with your CPs and writing friends.

Love the placemat photo Christina. LOL!

Suzanne Brandyn Author said...

Hi Christina,
Welcome back. Sounds like you too have had a good time.

Oh, and where is the photograph now. lol :)

And you met Shelly...that is so cool. I might actually take a hike over there next year. If I'm game. lol

Suz :)

Helen Hardt said...

Sounds like a great time!

Sussan Marz said...

Welcome back. Look forward to the pictures (after the cable emerges from the twilight zone).

Cari Quinn said...

Glad you had such a great time and some lightbulb moments too. Can't wait for the pictures! :)

Rachael Johns said...

Sounds like you had a BALL. Am suitably jealous and DEFINITELY want photos!!