Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Walkabout Wednesday... Proof That I Am Cool (And a Deep Question)

It's Wednesday. Let's go walkabout.

(I'm bringing along a few of my mates as I wander through the vast wilderness of the publishing industry, learning the ins and outs, and having a grand adventure.)

Walkabout, Week 21:

Proof That I Am Cool
by Sarah M. Eden

I have been invited to and/or am attending the following events for COOL authors:

Life, the Universe & Everything 28: The Marion "Doc" Smith Symposium on Science Fiction & Fantasy
February 11-13, 2010
Brigham Young University, in Provo Utah

This will be my first time attending LTUE and I am very, very excited. Brandon Sanderson (Mistborn Trilogy, the Alcatraz books and the new Wheel of Time books) will be there as a Guest of Honor. The classes should be fabulous. Oh, did I mention it's FREE!!

The 2010 ANWA Writer’s Conference
Saturday, February 27, 2010
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Dobson Ranch Inn,
Mesa, Arizona 85202-5699

I really wish I could attend this one. Last year's conference was fabulous and this year promises to be even better. The keynote speaker will be none other than J. Scott Savage (author of the "Farworld" Series). The conference is open to anyone and everyone!

2010 - 7th Annual LDStorymakers Writers Conference
April 23-24, 2010
The Marriott Hotel in downtown Provo, Utah

I could go on and on about the amazing presenters and teachers and guests, but, let's be honest, the coolest thing is that I am teaching 2 classes. These classes will be entertaining, enjoyable and possibly even educational. In fact, I've been working on them this week as a means of avoiding the brick wall that was once my current WIP.

This is truly a great writers conference focused on improving your craft. Not to be missed!

I know what you're thinking, "Wow. She's SO cool!" Yes. Yes I am.

Okay, now for The Deep Question. I unabashedly stole this directly off of J. Scott Savage's blog. I did this for 3 reasons:
1. It was a really cool idea.
2. I was running out of things to say on my own blog.
3. Because I can.

The talented, forgiving and unlikely-to-sue-for-blog-post-plagiarism Mr. Savage posted a series of scenarios on his blog to which a person must decide which option they would rather have happen to them. For example: Would you rather be bald or be ugly. (That was my own example, but you get the idea). One scenario on his list really caught my attention. So I'm polling y'all to see what your answer would be.

"Would you rather write books that are very slow reading, but extremely thought-provoking, or quick reads that make people laugh and cry?"

So... which would you rather???

PS-- January's Giveaway: Leading in # of entries: Rebecca Irvine (last week's INFF guest). Wow, it sure seems like being an INFF guest pays off. Hint. Hint.
Right on her heels: Aime, Tanja and Jewel.

PPS--Tune in for I Need Friends Friday!! It should be... interesting. That's all I'm going to say.

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mormonhermitmom said...

I'd rather be bald. There are some cools hats out there.

Amie said...

Tough question! I would probably rather write quick reads that made people laugh and cry. If I wrote a book, it would make people laugh and cry for a whole other reason!

Tanja said...

This is a hard question for me. I have had great experiences with both genres and many other types of books. It has always just depended on my situation and my mood what type of book helps me.
Right now, at almost 4:00 in the afternoon, after running kids to and from school, getting meals ready and planned, breaking up fights with children, packing, cleaning and tending to the tears of the littlest in the family-I would definitely write something funny. It is how I cope. I have often thought that if I died, people would remember that I made them smile. (It really isn't hard for me to do because I am always making a fool of myself.)
P.S-you are definitely cool for going and participating in those conferences. Brandan Sanderson is a grand author. I loved Elantris.

Tamara Hart Heiner said...

that is so exciting! good for you!!! it's so wonderful that things are really taking off for you!

Jewel said...

The quick read. Those maybe aren't as thought-provoking, but still help people escape their own lives for a time. :)

Jewel said...

And--I'm excited that I have one of the highest number of entries!! Take that, tonsillectomy!! I'm still a winner!! (ish)

Jewel said...

By the way (and I'm not really doing this just for points or entries--although I DO love chocolate), when do I get to be an INFF friend? You had scheduled me before, but then we weren't able to make it work. Are we going to reschedule? Go ahead and shoot me an e-mail if you still want me. :)

Rebecca Irvine said...

I would rather write things that make people laugh or cry. Unless the serious, deep-thinking writing was scripture (which I would never be worthy enough to write ;-).

Jennifer said...

Could I just read them instead?

Melanie J said...

I am a shallow person. I'd far rather make someone laugh than think.

Also, I'm super jealous you get to get to go to LTUE even though that's not my genre and never will be. But good storytellers are good storytellers and I like to listen to them 'splain stuff.

Karlene said...

What about quick reads that make people think?


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