Monday

Conference Report

I have had a busy past few months. So busy, that I was unable to even pretend to try to keep up with blogging. There were book covers to design, interiors to layout, text to edit, text to have copyedited, and a NBN transition team to head. And all with only half a brain available.

(There is a horrifying rumor that my brain will never return to pre-pregnancy efficiency. I'm trying to chalk this up to urban myth told to new soon-to-be-mothers to scare them. Kind of like a hazing ritual. At least I'm hoping this is what is going on.)

And one of the other things I've been doing has been preparing for the conference held by Blooming Tree Press and the local Austin SCBWI. I spoke at two different break out sessions, one on online marketing, one on critiquing. So, like always, I'm now making the handouts from the conference available.

For the handout from the online marketing session, click here.

For the critiquing session, I haven't posted the handout. Instead I've put up the little article I wrote a few years back that the session was based on. The checklist for critiquers is at the very end of the article. To view it, click here.

And in the next few days I'll start posting some of the stuff I've been working on these last two months -- this includes excerpts from some of the upcoming books.

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

It's not a myth! I have two children. The brain never fully returns to its pre-baby form. I suspect this is due to an entire portion of the brain now being devoted to child safety, secretly always working in the background wondering how you can keep your curious child from maming, permanently damaging him/herself.

D. Robert Pease said...

My wife and I were married for several years before she was ever wrong when we had a disagreement about some fact. It got to the point where if she said something, and I didn't think she was right, I wouldn't argue because I knew beyond a doubt she was right. Then she got pregnant with our first child. While pregnant she was wrong constantly. We thought the baby had taken over vast portions of her brain, and just was not going to give them up. Fortunately for her (not for my newly restored ego) it only lasted during pregnancy. After she gave birth she got her brain back.

Fast forward three years, and we are sitting with some friends at lunch. My way says something about a restaurant we ate at the week before, and I say, "No, it was such and such restaurant." We went back and forth a couple of times until she realized she was wrong. Instantly we looked at each other in shock, and I said "Are you pregnant?" Our friends kind of chuckled, but sure enough, as soon as we got home she took a test. Positive.

Unfortunately, she never got her brain back after the second one. I have actually been right on at least a dozen issues in the ensuing years. So, from my experience, I am sorry to say that it isn't a myth. But maybe you'll get it back after your first, like my wife did. If so maybe you want to seriously reconsider any future plans for more. :-)

carolinestarr said...

Thanks for the handouts. It's great to be able to "participate" in a conference this way.

carmenoliver said...

Thanks for posting the conference handouts!

You do get your brain back but be prepared to live a new kind of normal. My brain is different since having kids but you adapt and be ready to let go of a few things. You're choosier about what you become involved with because you can't do it all. At least, after having kids, you can't. But it's a sweet thing!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the handouts. They were so helpful, especially the one on critiquing. I plan on referring to it as I work on revising my fantasy novel. I'm glad you are blogging again. It is always so informative.

Natalie

The Buried Editor said...

Sigh. I feared my brain wasn't going to return.

However, I remain optimistic . . .

cool said...

租辦公室租店面買辦公室店面租賃店面出租店面出售花茶花草茶養生茶招牌led招牌招牌製作美國月子中心保養美國月子中心OBU投審會會計師事務所會計師工商登記公司登記包子肉粽宅配美食四神湯搬家公司訂房訂房網花東旅遊桃園土地桃園房屋仲介桃園房屋桃園房屋網桃園房屋買賣漆彈搬家公司會場設計展場設計會場設計展場設計展覽設計消防設備消防設備機電崴立機電消防公司地板施工超耐磨地板店面出租乳癌全身健康檢查肝癌健康檢查身體檢查飛梭雷射雷射溶脂直航機票自由行三久太陽能三久太陽能太陽能熱水器別墅外觀設計環保袋別墅外觀設計室內裝修電波拉皮hand dryer電波拉皮雷射溶脂肉毒桿菌系統家具台中漆彈場漆彈團體服美國月子中心團體服

cool said...

團體服團體服T恤圍裙POLO衫班服團體服創意熱轉印團體服訂做宜蘭民宿關鍵字廣告seo網路廣告網路行銷seo網站設計seo線上客服seo網頁設計seo網頁設計公司網路行銷網路行銷桃園室內設計室內設計作品室內裝潢裝潢室內設計室內設計公司裝潢設計豪宅空間設計店面設計豪宅設計桃園室內設計公司別墅外觀設計室內裝潢設計台北室內設計新竹室內設計法拍屋中古車二手車環保袋環保袋肉毒桿菌健檢醫學美容淨膚雷射汽車美容法拍屋水餃清潔公司實驗動物到府坐月子坐月子坐月子中心坐月子餐孕婦月子餐到府坐月子坐月子坐月子中心坐月子中心台中坐月子中心台北月子餐月子中心坐月子餐月子餐外送

cool said...

月子餐食譜找工作統一發票7 8月求職1111求職人力銀行104求職人力銀行104人力銀行統一發票5 6月104人力銀行104求職人力銀行塑膠袋統一發票1 2月塑膠袋批發塑膠袋工廠金價黃金價格統一發票3 4月1111人力銀行1111人力銀行求職黃金價格查詢中古車買賣塑膠袋統一發票3 4月塑膠袋批發中古車中古車買賣台北人力銀行金價查詢sum中古車中古車貸款信用貸款房屋貸款剖腹生產 命理網 姓名學 姓名配對 星座 星座運勢 算命 開運印章 風水 外遇 徵信 徵信社 外遇 徵信 徵信社 外遇 徵信 徵信社 外遇 徵信 徵信社 外遇 徵信 徵信社 外遇 徵信 徵信社 搬家公司 搬家公司 台北搬家公司 新竹搬家公司

dreaz said...

araç sorgulama
sorgulama
ehliyet
açıköğretim
bağkur sorgulama
ssk sorgulama
emekli sandığı
cinsellik
radyo dinle
korku
evlilik
hikaye
gazeteler
ilan
ssk
ehliyet sınav sonuçları
iş ilanları
bağkur
gazete oku

feiyang said...

Thank you so much, I haven't ever read so wonderfull blog, your bolg is so good, I like it very much. I also want you to go to my web, and so that we can discuss something.
By the way, do you like polo shirts, which are very chic, especially the polo t shirts, I love them very much. I also like playing tennis rackets, it can keep healthy, what do you like to do?
cheap tennis racket
discount tennis racket
prince tennis racquet
head tennis rackets
wilson tennis racket
babolat tennis racquet
polo t shirts women
polo t shirts on sale
polo t shirts for women
polo shirts on sale
polo shirts men
men's polo shirt
men polo shirt
mens polo shirts
mens polo shirt
cheap polo shirts
discount polo shirts
men's polo shirts
women's polo shirts