Monday, October 31, 2016

Surrey



Happy Halloween!

The last couple weeks have been crazy, but the good news is they finally started the foundation of our house!  I won’t bore you with the excruciating details of our struggle with the county over paperwork but we’re finally on the way. 


I mentioned last time that I was getting ready to go to the Surrey International Writers Conference. I went, it was amazing, and now I’m trying to fit back into regular life. If you want a great overview of the rollercoaster that is a trip to Surrey, Rose has a great one. There's another great summary here.

I’ll probably be talking about Surrey on and off for, well, forever. I’m a convert. For me, it was very validating as a writer. It was also amazing to meet so many people who have the same goals, who are going through the same struggles. I was very impressed with how friendly and supportive everyone was. The classes were well taught and varied. There was always an option, something I needed to learn. More frequently, there were multiple classes I wanted and it was torture to decide. I had numerous agents and writers tell me how different Surrey is from other conferences, in all the best ways. I’ll definitely be returning. And I'd love to see you there!


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  1. So awesome that you had such a great experience at Surrey. And exciting that your house is moving along too.

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    1. So exciting, it's nice to see things move forward.

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  2. So wonderful to meet you! I hope it is the first of many get togethers. Thanks for sharing my link...and the other link is another islander!

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    1. Wonderful to meet you, too! I hope for many more meetings in the future.

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  3. Sorry for the headache involved with getting work on your home started, but I'm glad it's finally going!

    Sounds like the Surrey conference was a great experience. The view from Carol's hotel windows looked gorgeous. I've never attended a conference before, although it's something that I'd really love to do in the future. Can't wait to hear more about what you were able to do there!

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    1. It was my first conference and it was so worth waiting and saving up for.

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  4. Sounds like you came back refreshed and ready to roll...or type.

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    1. Yes, unfortunately the family all got hit by a stomach bug and now writing is back burner to not throwing up. I'll just have to keep posting about it to keep it fresh in my mind.

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  5. Can I tell you how much I would have loved to attend with you? I'm waiting for when the kids are out of the house to start being a real person, which is closer than it seems.

    Yay for the foundation! (Do you want me to go sling stinky cheese at a few people?)

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    1. Ha! I may take you up on your stinky cheese slinging if things get bogged down again. For now they're moving, and that's amazing.

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  6. The effect the Conference had on you made me smile. They are always so inspiring, exhilarating and, yes, validating.

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  7. I loved Surrey and seeing you again, Sara! It's everything you said and more. Though, I may never get back to it, since it's so far from where I live, but I'll always have this year's Surrey experiences.

    Great news on your house! I'll send good house building vibes your way. ;-)

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  8. Hi Sara,

    You sound so positive and exhilarated! So happy you found such inspiration there... Sounds like I need to check this out, too......

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  9. I'm glad you had a positive time at the conference. I'd love to go to a conference in 2017 but I haven't decided which one yet.

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  10. So envious! It seems like everyone had a great time :-)

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