Writing conference in an unexpected place…

Today is the first Monday of June, and I finally feel as though I’ve rejoined the human race!  The last three weeks of school in May are always hard, but this year it felt harder, as I was not only reviewing concepts already learned, but teaching the beginnings of algebra to my sixth grade class.  This is in addition to completing the end of the year reports with data and graphs that the school I taught at required, as well as packing up my room, getting things ready for the sixth grade promotion, and doing the student cumulative files.

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Giganto bags were soooo popular this year.

I went from the craziness of the last three weeks of May (our last day was Friday, May 24th) directly into the local Comicon convention we have here in the Valley of the Sun.  This makes for year four that I’ve attended, but I’ve only attended on Sundays in years past.  This year I attended panel sessions all day Saturday and Sunday.

Some of the panel sessions were fantastic and I learned a lot!  I’ve never really looked at the panels that were available for writers – and I was very impressed with their offerings this year.  My first session began at 10:30am on Saturday, and my last session ended at 8:30pm that night.  Most of the day found me in panels that were basically back to back, with one 1 ½ hour break that began around 5pm.  I was so glad to get something to eat!

Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman in line to get pizza!

Sunday found me back at it – same bat time – but my last session ended at 4pm.  Attending all the panels cut into my picture gathering, but I did manage to get a few snaps…

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This year’s Phoenix Comicon was a great learning experience for me, and I’ve decided that next year I need to make arrangements to attend on Friday as well – there were sessions for writers that dealt with publishing law and editing that I would have LOVED to have attended!  2013 Comicon was a writing conference for me, and I loved being able to take with other writers (published and unpublished), learn new things, and just people watch (new characters gathering!) all for just $50.00!

The down side to all my month of May is that I was completely brain dead last week!  Yes, I am sorry to say that my 41 year old brain gave out, and it took a week to recover and begin to feel human again.  LOL  🙂

We can find things to help us in unexpected places – we don’t always have to attend actual writing conferences.  So I would like to challenge you to take a look at what your community has to offer…..you just may be surprised at where you can find people and information to help improve your writing skills.  🙂

Elf boy

Happy Writing!

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