Auburn Writer’s Conference and Deadline and Emails, Oh My!

AWC and deadline and emails = lions and tigers and bears. 

Oh my. 

I keep expecting The Twitter to send me a Dear John letter. My Facebook page has cobwebs in the corners, and my Tumblr smells like mothballs. And Pinterest? Popped. Deflated like an abandoned birthday party balloon. My Real Life friends see me, attempt conversation, and end up backing away slowly.

I look forward to rejoining the land of the living soon (braaaainzzz) and sharing stories from this summer and the book tour – it was AH-mazing! Before I disappear again, I wanted to thank you for all the lovely birthday sentiments, however they were sent. Your kindness made my day special! 

As for the Auburn Writer’s Conference next weekend, it’s the first time I’ll be teaching as a Real!Live!Author! I am EXCITED. Also, terrified. You can check out details here, and below are the official descriptions of my workshops:

Lessons from Pop Culture: Sending Your Readers on an Unforgettable Thrill Ride

We read to experience new worlds, to be transported, to escape. Careful pacing and thoughtful plotting can propel readers through a story, inciting them to come back for more. Using tips from authors Blake Snyder, Christopher Vogler, and James Scott Bell, as well as examples from the television showThe Vampire Diaries, and The Hunger Games book series, we will explore ways to strengthen your plot and crank your pace to breakneck speed. Your readers will never go to bed on time again. 

Voice: How to Find Yours and Use It to Keep Your Audience Hooked

Many readers purchase a novel based on the first page alone, so the right voice can make or break you. Voice is difficult to define, but we know it when we see it. In this session, we’ll study examples of strong voice, and discover ways to develop voice through brainstorming, journaling, and mind maps. Learn how to apply your own personality to your work, and how to “rob” the personalities of friends, family, and acquaintances to make each of your characters unique. 

You’ll see by these descriptions why it was totally necessary for me to buy a stand-up, life-sized, cardboard cut out of Ian Somerhalder. It’s for EDUCATIONAL purposes. 

My deadline for INFINITYGLASS is at the end of October. Things are progressing in a satisfactory manner, which means two hours from now, I’ll be curled up in a ball under my bed, watching General Hospital, eating my own hair, and sobbing uncontrollably. Writers. It is The Way We Do. 

As for my email … I am afraid of it. If it requires a one word answer, or perchance a link to Joe Manganiello pics, I’m generally a quick responder. If it’s important or requires deep thought, it goes in my action folder, where it languishes from lack of attention. That’s what you’re supposed to do with important, thoughtful emails, right? Does anyone else have this problem? How do YOU handle it? There’s a comment box right down there, waiting for your wisdom! 

Updates to my October events calendar can be found by clicking here. Lots of fun stuff on the way!

I hope everyone is having a lovely fall – it’s my very favorite time of the year. I’m diving back into my deadline hole now, but I’ll leave you with a picture tease from INFINITYGLASS. Want to know where this picture was taken? Stay tuned!

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  1. I know the answer, I know the answer! :o) Hang in there, Myra. Can’t wait to read! And WOW, a writer’s conference? You GO, yo. xoxo

    • Myra McEntire says:

      You were THERE! And I plan to use the Somerhalder cut out as a weapon. If they start booing at me, I will stand behind it and make it DANCE.

  2. Jessica Naccari says:

    I’m so SAD! I completely forgot to register for this writing conference, and the deadline has passed. You’re going to be amazing, and all those lucky people who don’t have the supah-craziness going on and remembered to register are going to benefit I’m sure! I hope you are well, and good luck with getting everything done by the deadline!

  3. Angela Helm says:

    As if I could be more excited about INFINITYGLASS? That picture is gorgeous.

    Also, I wish I could attend the conference – but I believe we’ll see you at Parnassus at the end of the month?

    Also also, please take partial credit in my newly developed obsession-love affair-type thingy with Doctor Who. I just… I can’t even. I cannot. even.

    • Myra McEntire says:

      I am more than proud to accept responsibility for the Doctor Who love. And yay! I look forward to seeing you at Parnassus!

  4. Unfortunately I have zero words of wisdom, m’dear. I just returned from a month long hiatus to manage some family stuffs. =/ As for the conference… CONGRATS on the big-girl writer/author pants!!! WOOT! We will all reap the rewards of your awesomeness. And you’ve got loads of it, chica. Give Ian a smooch for me. *snortle*

  5. Love your new site! I keep thinking about leaving Blogger behind, too. I remember those heady, early days. Blogging has changed so much in just a few years.

    Hope your hair tastes better this time than it did last time! Tip: Don’t back away from overenthusiastic hugs when the kids have been eating pancakes. Maple syrup goes with everything, even hair :)

  6. Two things.

    1. I happened to pick up Hourglass at the library, read the first page, and then the second, and then realized I had been standing in one spot reading for 10 minutes. Needless to say I finished it in one day and quickly returned for Timepiece, which I just finished two days ago. I will be counting down the days until Infinityglass is published.

    2. The phrase “Your readers will never go to bed on time again.” made my heart race. Because these are the kind of books I love most. Did I mention I’m excited for Infinityglass?

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