Mount Hermon Report 2008, Part 2

Fun, exhausting, a lovely experience, and yet a blur. I agree completely with the four Mount Hermon Christian Writers conferees who commented on yesterday’s post.

Fun. I love hanging out with other writers, editors, and agents. The writing business is unique—creative, artistic, yet sales oriented; solitary, yet collaborative. And other writers know this, experience some of the same oddities I experience. Have some of the same questions I have—or had. Giving back by helping a newer writer is another part of the fun.

But so is reconnecting with writers I’ve met before, who I’ve stayed in touch with online.

For me the fun started on the trip up the coast to Mount Hermon on Thursday. For the last four years, I’ve carpooled, and each year that has been a memorable part of the conference experience.

This year I went with Sally Apokedak, 2007 ACFW Genesis winner in Fantasy, who is a good friend, from Whittier to Santa Barbara where we transferred into author (A Promise to Remember, Bethany, 2007) Katie Cushman‘s SUV and proceeded to Atascadero. There Genesis judge Rich Bullock joined us.

At each stage we had introductions to make and catching up to do. Katie, for instance, had just completed a book tour with three other writers, so there was lots to learn from her experience. She also had stories about the celebrity auction luncheon she attended earlier this month.

When we arrived, I no sooner stepped from the SUV and headed for the administration building than I heard someone call my name. There was LL Barkat, whom I had not met before. However, she recognized me from the picture you see in the right hand corner. As you may remember, she was to teach the blogging seminar in which I had a small part.

Soon to join us were Bryan Davis and his wife Susie, and before you knew it, there was a little group chatting away, while my carpool friends headed on up to register. When I saw them returning, I pulled myself away and scrambled along up to collect my key and name tag. Now I was officially there.

The rest of that first night is a blur. Really. At some point, Sally and I found our cabin, and I introduced her to our other roommate, Caroleah Johnson, a relatively new author (you can read one of her devotions for The Upper Room here. She’s a fast study and has already placed in the top 100 in the Writer’s Digest Competition the last two years).

I know I met Mark Goodyear, spent some time talking with him in Common Grounds (I think it used to be called Central Lounge) before a nice fire, as Sally and Katie checked their email. Then came dinner. I think we sat beside some interesting people, but I don’t remember who. I think we went back to the cabin and worked on mentoring clinic manuscripts, but maybe not. But for sure, the fun had begun.

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CFBA is running a tour this week for the very same author CSFF Blog Tour is featuring next week: Andrew Peterson and his debut novel, On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness (WaterBrook, 2008). Obviously you’ll read more about the book starting on Monday, but if you’d like to check out my review, you can find it here on Spec Faith.

Published in: on March 21, 2008 at 12:31 pm  Comments (4)  
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  1. How funny that I was the first to greet you by name after you debarked the SUV. I hadn’t realized you’d just arrived. That must have felt strange… like having a personal greeter!

    I came home and told my spouse that you were one of the most wonderful people I met at the conference. I so appreciated our chat in the dining room. And I look forward to seeing where you go in the future with your writing.


  2. May God’s richest blessings be yours as you reflect on the extent of His love demonstrated through the death His Son on the cross and the awesomeness of His power exhibited through the resurrection.

    To God be the glory!

    a spiritual oasis


  3. Oh, just wondering if at your convenience you can give me those book titles (or other resources?) on the topic of divorce. Thanks!


  4. I’d really like to make it out there one year; I’ve always heard great things about it. Now reading your post makes my really want to go!

    Thanks for sharing your experiences with us!




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