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Sunday, September 17, 2006

Before I go on, may I just say that I am SOOO sick of this stupid, pink blog and we really need to fix it. (Subtext: Colleen, you know that means you as we are all lame!)

This week the four of us head to Dallas to slurp mochas at the American Christian Fiction Writers' Conference. Colleen is doing the early-bird session and teaching way too many students, along with fellow Saint Deb Raney. God bless them!

Writers' conferences were way more fun before actual contracts. Before actual contracts, we stayed up all night, plotted our next books, planned for which editors to stalk and waited breathlessly for critiques to come back -- only to be disappointed, and clinging desperately to that one happy line the editor would write, so as not to crush us. Yep, those were the days.

I'm not a teacher, though I will be on a few panels and meeting for the advisory board meeting, I do not like to teach. It's not my gift and because I write chick lit, no one takes me seriously, anyway. But I will have great shoes!

Maybe it's not the contracts. . .Maybe we're just getting old and there aren't enough shots at Starbucks to keep us up all night. We'll keep you posted from the conference.

I'm getting ready to finish my deadline and just spent a fortune at Barnes & Noble for my upcoming work sabbatical! When do YOU get a chance to read? I generally keep a book in my car, one at the bathtub and one by my bed and do three at a time, but I haven't read barely anything since I've been in the new house -- well, except for People Magazine -- research you know.
Kristin Billerbeck  
posted at 11:07 PM  
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At 1:48 AM, Blogger R.G. said...

Kristen, not that there's anything wrong with your blog... but I just had my redesigned and it was super inexpensive and ridiculously easy! Check out my blog -- there's a link to the designer at the top of the sidebar.

And I just finished A Girl's Best Friend (a gift from my sweet girlfriend Jeana L.) and I loved it!

At 6:56 AM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

I can't WAIT for conference! The four of us together in one room again. I live for that weekend. LOL We WILL find time to brainstorm, eat DeBrand mocha truffles, laugh and cry. Whoohoo!

We're going to redesign the blog, girl. I just need to find that background you wanted.

At 9:01 AM, Blogger Denise Hunter said...

Maybe it was more exciting back then, but it was also more stressful. Now we can just hang and relax.

At 9:38 AM, Blogger Tina said...

Actually, I loved your class about writing your passion at last year's ACFW confernece.

As for reading, I'm looking forward to reading on the airplane this week.

At 9:42 AM, Blogger allen said...

Yeah...I wasn't going to say anything about the pink...but it does help me wake up in the morning when I'm downing my first pot of coffee. Have fun in Dallas...I was really looking forward to going.:(

At 10:17 AM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

I love the idea of a work sabbatical, where you just read and get your creative juices flowing again! Course, truffles help with that, too.

Can't wait to see you in Dallas, Kristin!! Whoohoooo!!! It's going to be such fun!

At 11:18 AM, Anonymous Audra said...

I'm hoping to go next year. As for reading, I crawl into bed with my little one and read as she falls asleep in my bed. :) I can sometimes find time here and there, but I know I have this time each night for a little reading. ;)

At 4:21 PM, Blogger Kara said...

I'm lucky enough to be travelling at the moment so I have developed the ability to read anywere but especially in queues... checkin queues, queues to get through airport security, queues for the bathroom, queues to drop off luggage, queues to pick up luggage, the queue for the Colosseum! I look like a geek but there's only so long you can admire scenery for - even the outside of the Colosseum loses it's captivatingness (is that even a word?) after an hour queueing to get inside!

At 5:27 PM, Anonymous dana said...

I gave up "fasionable purse" for "book carrying purse". I usually keep a book in there so no matter where I am I can read. I'm like you too though and stay in around 3 books at a time. My Bible reading is the same way. Right now I read a chapter of Proverbs a day (corresponding with the day of the week), and I'm in Daniel and 1 Peter...unless I'm just in a worshipful mood and I read a Psalm. Maybe our brains just like variety. :)

At 9:35 PM, Blogger Katy said...

I'm still at the stressful stage of conference-going as a yet-unpubbed author. But it's undeniably fun even at that! Plus, I am among the Early Bird writers that Saints Deb and Colleen are working so hard for!!! That's exciting. I look forward to someday soon being in the type of brainstorming group you girls belong to. It just sounds SO helpful!

See you there!

Katy McKenna

At 12:44 AM, Blogger Heather said...

I wish I had a good excuse to go to the conference, just to meet all of y'all (can't get the Texan out of me!) who help entertain my brain! How about a professional avid book reader? tehehe I hope you guys have a great and enjoyable trip here.

Reading books. . . I typically get 3-4 books in a week. Insomnia helps. As do 3 hours in the lobby of the dance studio and long bubble baths with a book. I'd say the 25 minute wait in the car line when it rains . . .but we haven't had much of that lately!

At 11:33 AM, Blogger Robin Caroll said...

I can't WAIT to see all y'all again! WOO HOO

At 2:29 AM, Blogger Kayla said...

I salivated over the website for the conference for months...and then finally came to terms with the fact that there was no way I could afford to go. Sigh.

Umm...oh! Yes! Reading. I have a book in my backpack, a couple in the car, one at my aunt's house, one on my nightstand, 3 in the living room, 21093943 on my bookshelves...and I read when I get a snippet of a chance!

At 6:04 PM, Blogger krustydog said...

Can you beleive it, I was behind and had not picked up the Spa grils yet and then I bought the first one 2 weeks ago I read it in one day and then I ordered "A Girl's Best Friend" because I LOVED "She's all that" I then read the second one in a night, i just couldn't put it down. Oh i can't wait until next month, but then alas a long time with out your writings. My hubby will be happy, but I will most likely re-read for fun.

At 6:09 PM, Blogger krustydog said...

I should have mentioned how I generally read, I like you try to read three books at a time. I usually read one for fun (I usually dont give them the time I gave yours these past two weeks), one Theologian type book (I have a master's in Divinity and I am in active vocational ministry) and then of course the Bible. Don't tell God that He didnt get the attention he shuold when I am addicted to your books ;)

At 1:41 PM, Blogger Kayla said...

AHH! I just ordered Poppy's book and pre-ordered Split Ends. I'm SO EXCITED.

I am such a nerd.

Oh, well. Nerds are hot. Look at Kevin! :)


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Kristin Billerbeck
Kristin Billerbeck is a proud Californian, wife, mother of four, and connoisseur of the irrelevant. She writes Christian Chick Lit; where she finds need for most of the useless facts lulling about in her head.

Colleen Coble

Colleen Coble writes romantic suspense with a strong atmospheric element. A lovable animal of some kind--usually a dog--always populates her novels. She can be bribed with DeBrand mocha truffles.

Denise Hunter

Denise Hunter writes women's fiction and love stories with a strong emotional element. Her husband says he provides her with all her romantic material, but Denise insists a good imagination helps too.

Diann Hunt

Diann Hunt writes romantic comedy and humorous women's fiction. She has been happily married forever, loves her family, chocolate, her friends, chocolate, her dog, and well, chocolate.

Hannah Alexander

Cheryl Hodde writes romantic medical suspense under the pen name of Hannah Alexander, using all the input she can get from her husband, Mel, for the medical expertise. For fun she hikes and reads. Out of guilt, she rescues discarded cats. She and Mel are presently taking orders from four pampered strays.

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