Attack of the Mile-High Writers’ Conference

I finally registered for the Pikes Peak Writers’ Conference in April. I managed to get time off from work to actually go, and if that’s not a sign, I don’t know what is. So, I filled out forms, and pressed send, and now, I’m going.

So, clearly, the first problem is underwear–

No, wait. That’s packing for a dance competition.

Fair enough. I won’t be spending all that much time upside-down at Pikes Peak. This is so complicated!

Aside from figuring out exactly what I’m going to wear, and exactly the right memorable, but non-freakish haircut, I’m working my way through the scenes I need to add to my novel revision. I have a neat, tidy checklist of the things my novel can’t live without. I’m typing in a couple of them, today, and I’m working on more, after I get done with that.

Odds of novel being actually, legitimately ready to go by the end of April?

Probably right around zero.

But I am getting closer. I have… a plan!

Naturally, I’m falling into that phase of revision where I’m sure that my novel sucks, and the best thing I could possibly do for it involves an acetylene torch and some marshmallows. Big marshmallows.

I’m hoping to slip back into the This is the greatest thing the human mind has ever conceived! stage before the conference. We’ll see.

So, my general game plan is to track down a few friends I know will be there, and then figure out the rest of my schedule.

Any other suggestions for me?


3 Tools For Break Room Writers and Misanthropes

If you’re like me, you try to squeeze in as many words as possible in as many strange and under-equipped places as possible. After all, you have a life. You have a job, family, friends, and pets. You probably want to eat, sleep, and shower, too.

High expectations.

Here are some of the things I’ve found most useful, when exploiting every last second.


1.) Full size, folding keyboard. You’ll have a much better typing speed on something closer to what you’re used to. I’m using a Verbatim folding keyboard, which I’ve had for several years. Aside from the fact I dropped it and broke a hinge, it’s still working perfectly. Right around sixty dollars.

2.) Smart Phone or Tablet. I don’t have a secure space at work to store a laptop, so smaller is better. My phone more or less lives in my pocket, and I type into an email document. When I run out of time, I just mail the document to myself. My particular phone was a deep discount on Amazon, and just squeaked by under a hundred. (Well, yes, but compare to a laptop, and you’ll see why.)

The keyboard-phone combo is easy to drag along almost anywhere.

3.) Headphones. These should be wired, and clearly visible. If you are listening to music, they’ll keep the din of the Break Room in the background. However, they’re an important accessory, whether you’re listening to music, or not. The sad fact is that no amount of clearly visible work will keep people from interrupting your work time. Nope. It takes a pair of headphones to do that.