Yesterday, I posted my earthshaking thoughts on the conference that changed my life.
Today, I’ll give you a few more funny things I learned this weekend. While not earthshaking, they are entertaining and added to the experience:
- Sharan Newman is fabulous to talk to about Bernard of Clairvaux. For art history geeks like me, this was fun. I’ve made a note to myself to speak to her more next year. I love her saying, “Never set a book somewhere you don’t want to visit!”
- Sam Sykes has nice dimples, and uses a stuffed walrus for comfort when he gets nervous.
- Andy Ross does not like oversimplification, such as pitching something like “Danielle Steel Meets Finnegan’s Wake.” Give him a little more than that.
- JJ Lee used to be a Dungeons and Dragons geek. Without him, I would not have known about two-handed swords not being able to take out gelatinous cubes.
- Victoria Marini likes Iggy Pop. This was cool, because so do I, and so should you.
- Diana Gabaldon has a thing for dachshunds.
- You can always recognize KC Dyer by her day’s wacky tights choices– multicolor and stripey Wicked Witch of the East were especially popular.
- C.C. Humphreys makes a great morlock.
- Susanna Kearsley wants to ensure that we never call ourselves “aspiring” writers ever again. We’re writers. Period.
- Michael Slade likes the word outre’.
- Don Maas is very passionate about whatever he speaks on, even going to the grocery store and getting annoyed at people like me. Next year, I need to buy that man a drink.
- Jack Whyte’s voice really IS as great as they say it is. Imagine the booming bass of a Blaupunkt in that old GTO driving by. Now imagine it’s a Scottish accent. And giggle a little, because he’s quite handy with the ladies.
- Nephele Tempest doesn’t like body parts described as foods. This automatically rules out one of my favorite lines that I’ve written. So I won’t be querying Nephele.
Let me reiterate here. This past weekend changed my life. If you are a writer, and you have not been to the Surrey International Writers Conference, you must find a way to go. Beg, borrow, or steal, as they say. But do it.