Desert Dreams Recap, Part I

Happy Monday everyone! I arrived home exhausted from the Desert Dreams conference yesterday. It’s funny how you can feel both energized and drained. But once I get home from work, I can’t wait to put some of what I learned into practice.

I arrived early for the conference to meet with Deborah Wellborn, the Sunshine Psychic. She’s an amazingly bubbly person. Her reading of my cards revealed nothing really new (except something that got me in trouble with the hubby when I told him) but the important things often bear repeating, especially for someone who is stubborn and thick-headed.

Aside from the laughter, the most important thing I learned from my session with her was that I could take from the conference those things that I needed. My fear from a craft smorgasbord is that it’ll completely mess up my writing style and that I will fall woefully behind in page count. Just having someone else repeat the soundtrack playing in my head gave me the courage to dismiss certain things while considering others. In other words, just because you know something doesn’t mean you don’t want other people to reaffirm it. This applies to everything from letting those important to you know that they’re important as well as being able to just say no to plotting.

The first and only workshop I attended on Friday was Bob Mayer’s Write It Forward workshop. If you’ve never heard him talk, he’s a funny guy that sprays nuggets of information at the speed of a machine gun. To be fair, he’d had to stuff a day long workshop into a mere four  hours. I actually took away many, many things from his lecture and put into practice two things he said during the conference.

The first was use the conference as a networking tool. In other words, I wasn’t allowed to go back to my hotel room and write like I had planned. So I pushed away from the wall and spoke to folks, anyone and everyone. Sometimes it worked and sometimes crickets chirped. But I did it and I met some interesting people.

The second thing, Mr. Mayer said was to examine why a statement made you angry. Which I dutifully recorded in my notebook then promptly forgot until he said don’t. It regarded copies of  his books that the lecture was based on and how unlikely we were to leave the conference and buy the book like we said we would.

Apparently, I hate being told I can’t, won’t or don’t and take it as a challenge or a dare. Why? Because I’ve had to overcome enough adversity that I refuse to allow anyone to trap me in their own paradigm. Of course, if you tell me I won’t jump off a bridge. You’re probably right. Why on Earth would I want to (although if there were bungee cords involved…) Then again, I might just push you off (sans bungees) and make the world a better place.

This is the book that I bought:

I can’t wait to read it and reread my notes.

Until Wednesday.

About Linda Andrews

Linda Andrews lives with her husband and three children in Phoenix, Arizona. When she announced to her family that her paranormal romance was to be published, her sister pronounce: "What else would she write? She’s never been normal." All kidding aside, writing has become a surprising passion. So just how did a scientist start to write paranormal romances? What other option is there when you’re married to romantic man and live in a haunted house? If you’ve enjoyed her stories or want to share your own paranormal experience feel free to email the author at She’d love to hear from you.
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4 Responses to Desert Dreams Recap, Part I

  1. Jen Talty says:

    Sounds like you had a great conference experience. That rule about not going to back to your room to hide and write is a hard one for me to follow, but its so true. I remember the first time I heard Bob speak. He kind of made me angry a few times. Oddly enough, those were the things I needed the most. Enjoy the book!

    • I did have a great experience. I think I cursed Bob a few times for that piece of advice but I’m glad I stuck with it. I’m looking forward to reading the book you both authored.

  2. Bob Mayer says:

    I appreciate the mention and posting the cover of ShelfLess. I did violate my own SOP by trying to cram too much into 4 hours. No matter how many times I do it, I still can’t seem to learn.
    All the best with your writing!

    • You’re quite welcome. I look forward to reading it, again and again and again. It really is an excellent, comprehensive workshop and I think if you take much more out it will be like removing the violins from a symphony.

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