Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Back from Mount Hermon

... and I'm exhausted. But happy. It was a terrific conference. The spirit of love and encouragement permeated the beautiful camp. And a whole lot of learnin' went on, I can tell you that. Gayle Roper, Randy Ingermanson, Jim Bell, Kathy Ide and I all taught fiction mentoring clinics in the morning. I had ten students. Then in the afternoon it was critique time for whoever wanted me to look at a manuscript, plus individual appointments with those who wanted some help. At lunch and dinner all faculty host tables. After dinner there's a nightly service. By the time dinner was over I'd be almost hoarse, especially the last night. It's a lot of talking.

I had a great group in my clinic. It will be interesting and very satisfying to see where they all are a year from now. The manuscripts ranged from fantasy to women's fiction, to romantic comedy, to suspense, to a supernatural angels-and-demons story. Good variation.

No, we did not have an Amish vampire novel among us. But with the bonnet stories being so hot these days, the idea did get tossed around amongst the published authors at the conference. In the end they decided they'd bit off more than they could chew.

I did not kill off anyone this year. However, Deb Raney and I traded a snake back and forth. That is a story for another day.

And don't feel sorry for her. She started it.

I roomed with Angie Hunt, who taught the fiction morning track. Who would ever have guessed that woman whistles constantly? When she wakes up, when she goes to sleep. I swear she whistles when she's brushing her teeth. By the time the conference was over--no, more like a day into it--I'd perfected my "Shut-up-yer-whistlin'!" glare. She'd just laugh at me. Angie's not one to be easily intimidated.

Okay. Let me get my head on straight for a day. Tomorrow we'll return to the "show, don't tell" rule. We really just skimmed the surface on that one last week.


Lianne said...

Welcome back! Sounds like you had a fun time. I hope to get to a Mt. Hermon conference some day. WAY in the future, at this point. Looking forward to your deepening of the Show don't tell rule.

Karen said...

So, does this mean Deb Raney is a snake handler or a snake charmer? I'm thinking the latter.

Pam Meyers said...

LOL, I posted a comment on Angie's blog that the snake is accruing flight miles faster than many of us. From Kansas to Minneapolis to California. So where is the delightful little creature these days??? And will he make an appearance in Minneapolis again? Only the shadow knows.

Deborah Raney said...

Oh, yeah, and she tells you about the snake, but forgets to mention the "spices" (hemlock being the main ingredient) and "coffee creamer" (arsenic and sugar) that were placed at my table! She didn't kill anyone only because they didn't "drink" her poison. And yeah, I'm a little nervous because the snake is in her corner now. Okay, it WAS great fun, but I'm definitely looking over my shoulder! ; }

Pam Halter said...

I was in Brandilyn's mentoring clinic and we not only had great fun, we learned a lot. Boy, do I have some work to do! HA!
"Walking down the alley, the garbage can tripped me." ;)

Seriously, the opportunities that came out of the conference for many of us were terrific. I can't wait to see what happens next.

We had a room with a fireplace, too. It was the best. Thanks again, Brandilyn, for taking time with us.

Angela said...


(How do you spell a whistle, anyway?)

Fess up now. You're going to miss my happy chirping. :-)


Lynette Sowell said...

Now, on Angela's blog there's been speculation about what happened to the snake. And also wondering if it's going to show up in Minneapolis. :) Welcome back. Loved Amber Morn.

Pixy said...

So glad it went well! I was very sad to miss this year. :(