Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Off to the Getaway

Alright, so call me obsessed! All I can think about this week is The Word Writers Getaway which starts on Friday. I'm so excited, I've had butterflies in my tummy since Monday. There are so many reasons why I'm looking forward to this trip:
  1. I get to fly. I love to travel and flying is right up there. No, seriously, I have been known to embarrass other passengers by whooping in the midst of turbulence.
  2. I get to thaw out. Melbourne has been far too cold for far too long this winter just gone. (Queensland had better put on some exceptional weather for me.)
  3. I get to escape wifely and motherly duties for a few days. Don't get me wrong, I love my family to bits and will miss them, but it will be nice to have a break from the domestic routine.
  4. I get to learn stuff. I'm looking forward to all the different workshops - POV, story structure, marketing, book trailers, the list goes on. I know I will bring home a head full of new ideas.
  5. I get to work on my manuscript. Love the editing room.
  6. I get to discover new books. There will be a number of book launches, and a huge range to buy from as well.
  7. Oh, and I get to launch my new novel, Black Forest Redemption, and together with Meredith Resce, Paula Vince and Rose Dee, launch The Greenfield Legacy.
  8. I get to attend the CALEB Prize awards dinner. What a great night that will be!
  9. Best of all, I get to hang with plenty of like-minded passionate-about-books people. I'm looking forward to late night chats, brainstorming with other writers, general fellowship. This is the stuff Anusha was talking about in her blog the other day - belonging and community. Connecting with other writers is the part I look forward to most of all.
So, for those of you who are NOT attending this year, I have just given you a bunch of reasons why you should go to the next one. And for those of you who ARE attending, I'm looking forward to meeting you.
What do you appreciate most about writers conferences and the like?


Amanda Deed resides in the south-eastern suburbs of Melbourne where she fills her time with work, raising a family, church activities and writing historical romance novels. Her new novel, Black Forest Redemption, was released on the 1st of October this year. For more information, see:
http://www.amandadeed.com.au/
http://amanderings.wordpress.com/


20 comments:

  1. Yes to all of the above.
    I'll have no listening to guys rambling on about computer games for a few days. My hubby, oldest son and nephew have their tribe living beneath the same roof. I'm so looking forward to talking with people who like to talk about the things I like to talk about.

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  2. Exactly so, Paula. We can talk about imaginary lands and no-one will think we're crazy. :)

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  3. I'm looking forward to meeting you both!

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  4. It is great to think about being with so many people who love to read and write as much as I do, and I'm also looking forward to meeting face to face with people I've only connected with on Facebook or by email. See you there.

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    1. Yes Carol, will be great to see you again. :)

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  5. Yes to all except the weather - hoping it won't be too warm for the likes of me. I am a cold weather fanatic! :) (Although I come from a warm tropical country. Wierd!_

    Thanks for your lovely post Amanda. I am obsessed myself. But it's a nice kind of obsession, isn't it?

    Bring it on! And see you there! Wish ALL on CWD could make it! We will miss you.

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    1. I was a little disappointed to see the forcast to be between 22 & 24C this weekend. You will probably be comfortable, Anusha, while I personally had hoped for close to 30. :) See you there.

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  6. Yep, I'm with Amanda - even on the plane travel bit! Just the idea of sitting around in an airport is exciting to me. :)
    And yes, I'm looking forward to talking writing/ideas/books with people too.
    See you all there!

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    1. Yay Penny. Another plane lover. See you at the airport. :)

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  7. Enjoy e-v-e-r-y minute, gals. It'll go so fast. I'm sure looking forward to meeting you all face-to-face. And best of all, you won't be strangers!

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    1. Looking forward to meeting you Rita! :)

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  8. Yah! Nearly there. Rochelle has stacked my car with books all ready for the big book sale
    I'm really looking forward to seeing you all. And sooo looking forward to leading worship with you Amanda. Privileged. Xx

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    1. I'm excited about our little church service too Jo. See you soon. :)

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  9. I"m sure you'll all have a wonderful time. Be blessed, and enjoy the weekend. xx

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    1. :( Big sadness you won't be there Dots. But hey, we live in the same village, so we'll catch up soon. XXOO

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  10. I'm sure you'll all have a great time. Sounds like all good reasons to be there. I must admit though I'm like Anusha. I would be hoping if I was going it would not be too hot. Instead, looks like we're having cool and wet for our women's conference here where I will be this weekend.

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    1. Sad you'll miss it Dale. But enjoy your weekend anyway. :)

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  11. Just get me there already! - for all the reasons you said, Amanda.

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