Girls Write Out
Sunday, September 21, 2008

Diann and I just returned from the American Christian Fiction Writers conference in Minneapolis. We drove ten hours and spent three days running from workshop to workshop. Over the course of the week, we learned a few things . . .

Ten Tips for Traveling Right Brainers

1. When driving with a navigation system and a writer in the passenger seat, trust the navigation system.

2. New heels plus conference equals stupidity.

3. When sporting a trendy new jacket, remove price tag before appearing in public.

4. Note to self: 1 mile trip to restaurant should not equal 20 mile return trip. Unless Diann is navigating.

5. Note to self number 2: do not let Diann navigate. Ever.

6. Drink caffeine. Lots and lots of caffeine.

7. Wallflowers have to bloom sometime. :-)

8. See Katy McKenna for this tip.

9. When packing a bulky 33mm camera that takes up half of one's suitcase, be sure the memory card is in it.

10. When flipping one's hair upside down for volume effect, remove heavy pendant first.

I would've attached a lovely photo of Diann and me, but, well, there's that memory card thing.
Denise Hunter  
posted at 9:19 PM  
  Comments (14)
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At 12:35 AM, Blogger Beth said...

I can't believe you forgot the memory card for the camera!
I leave mine in AND take a spare!

Sounds like one fun road trip though. Don't think of it as getting lost. You were just taking the scenic route!

At 9:16 AM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

ROTFLOL! Thanks for the laughs over the weekend, Denise!

I'm just so doggone proud we made it home.

At 9:30 AM, Blogger Courtney Walsh said...


I saw you in the book store and told you how much I loved your books. And then I felt stupid because I am not a 'gusher' but I REALLY really loved your books! lol I found another one yesterday to devour and pass along! (No sense hoarding them for myself!!) I hope you had a great time! It was wonderfully exhausting, wasn't it? lol :) I hope the book signing went well - and maybe next time I'll have the courage to say more than "I really loved your books."

At 10:01 AM, Blogger Cara Putman said...

So fun to see you there :-) Glad you made it home LOL

At 10:27 AM, Blogger WK said...

LOL cute post. But no memory card? I leave mine in the camera and have I think 7 extras? I have 2-2GB cards then 2/3 1GB cards then a couple of smaller memory ones. What can I say. Yes I have filled up a 1GB card and had to put in one of the others.LOL

glad you all had fun.

Did you learn anything you can share with aspiring authors who couldn't attend?

WendyK*back to lurking*

At 10:48 AM, Blogger Rachel Overton said...

around here, we call those unexpected journies "longcuts." My husband is famous for them. The man has never known a shortcut! :-)

At 11:12 AM, Blogger Denise Hunter said...

I only have one memory card and had recently taken it into Target to print photos.

Oh, my gosh. I just looked down at my laptop which I took to the conference and guess what's sticking out the side? Yes, my memory card. Sigh. Please don't tell anyone what a moron I am.

Courtney, it was lovely to meet you. Believe me, writers love to meet readers! Especially satisfied ones. :-)

Cara, thanks so much for all your work. That booksigning was fabulous and I can't believe that such a big first-time event didn't have major glitches.

At 11:41 AM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

I'm posting this on behalf of Katy McKenna. She couldn't get her comment to post.

LOL in Kansas City, ladies!!! Great post, Denise. As far as Number 8 goes, let's just say I can't count the number of ladies who said to me, "Well, it's a good thing you at least had panties ON!!!" Yeah, it's like that. Now, if you'll check in at around noon today, I will reveal (ha!!) all. You will not BELIEVE what happened on the flight home. It gives "Bookends" new meaning!!!! Katy McKenna

At 7:36 PM, Blogger Eileen said...

Thanks Denise, drummer extraordinnaire. I appreciate all you do.

So good to see you two! Glad you navigated the elevator/escalators well.

At 9:17 PM, Blogger Ane Mulligan said...

ROFLOL! Oh my goodness. It's a good thing I don't have any make-up on today. Great laugh, but I understand Di's problem. After all, when you don't have mountains or anything to navigate by, every cornfield looks the same. :D

Couldn't resist.

At 11:02 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

Oprah and Gayle take two, huh?

At 9:51 AM, Blogger Lisa Jordan said...

It's always great to read about those conference misadventures!

At 3:07 PM, Blogger Tiff (Amber Miller) Stockton said...

LOL! Leaving out the memory card and later finding it in your laptop which also accompanied you to the conference. Sounds like something I'd do. And it would be my husband who pointed it out to me! :)

It was great seeing you two there, even though we only got in a wave or two and maybe a brief "hello". Really missed the full foursome though. Maybe next year in Denver.

I'll be bringing our new 6-month old ACFW-ette or ACFW-er. He or she will have 500 instant aunts, uncles, grandmas and grandpas. Gotta keep that next generation of writers coming and get them brainwashed...err, I mean exposed to conferences early. LOL!

At 6:53 PM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

Oh I'm cracking up! Wish I'd been there. Maybe two of us could have directed you. LOL


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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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