|SO COOL seeing my books |
in the conference bookstore...
even cooler on Saturday seeing them
I wrestled with going to ACFW this year.
I'd gone in 2008 and 2009 and LOVED IT. Granted, I'd had frazzled nerves each time, trying to pitch to agents/editors etc. But they were wonderful times of learning about writing craft and networking with authors.
2010 and 2011 I missed because I had a very special little girl at home who needed her mommy much more than mommy needed ACFW.
But 2012 came. And I wanted to go SO INCREDIBLY BAD.
|Caramel Mousse Cheesecake. *swoon*|
And honestly, the last two years have been brutal. This Mommy needed time away.
Conference without the pressure of pitching was, in one word, AMAZING.
And it wasn't just about not pitching.
|Look! We are stair-steps! :-)|
God wants to use our fiction. But He won't if we take Him out of the picture and let all business override our brains.
That's what I learned at ACFW this year.
|Casey the... reindeer?|
I've rediscovered the JOY in writing/editor/selling books for Jesus. Without Him and without that purpose, it falls pretty flat.
Another thing I learned at ACFW:
Seriously. I cannot begin to tell you how amazing it was to spend time with these incredible women that I've been privileged to become a part of. It's odd to walk into a room of strangers and instantly feel this thick-corded connection. To be able to be yourself, drop all pretense, and just relax in your differences.
Oh yeah... and we were crazy a few times too.... we MIGHT have done an extreme amount of laughing.
Discussion: Have you ever rededicated your writing to Jesus? What part does God play in your writing equation?