What's that sound?

That whimpering from the corner? Oh, it's my blog. I got on last week to check something, and realized my last post was March 20th!

Wow. Poor little bloggy.

Then, I decided to post something, and the new layout stuff BLEW MY MIND, so I avoided for another week. But I miss blogging, and my blogging friends, and ohmygoshyouguysIjustwenttoStorymakersanditwasawesome.

Proof: I can't even show you the best pictures. It was that awesome. Am I right, Katie? But, here are the rest, and they're still pretty great.

My fantastic roomies: Chantele Sedgewick, Ruth Josse, Katie Dodge, Shelly Brown (who wasn't a roommate but is still fantastic) and Donna Nolan

Kiersten White (who remembered my name from the book festival last summer!)  (and who is only taller than me because she's wearing heels.)

Me and Donna with James Dashner! (who also remembered my name!), Robison Wells (who promised he would remember my name forever), and J. Scott Savage (who said my name should be in a book.) (Don't worry about that grotesque stretching sound...it's just my head inflating.)

Me and Brenda Sills

Me, Jessie Humphries, and Angie Cothran

Me and Mel Fowler (and Donna, feeling all superior over that blue water bottle) (sorry, Donna!)

This may be THE ONLY PICTURE IN EXISTENCE of Erin Summerill, who was the official photographer for the conference.

I think one of my favorite parts of being at the conference was being around so many like-minded people. After the first day of classes was over, the lobby was covered with writers, camped out in chairs or on the floor, typing, writing, laying out lines of index cards. I overheard--and participated in--conversations about WIPs, protags, MG, YA, hooks, plot arcs and pitches. A few times, I looked around and thought, "I totally get all this stuff. I am with my people." It was a good feeling.

So now, Storymakers is over, I'm moved into my new house, and I'm hoping I'll have plenty of time to write and blog and paint my piano!


Angelina C. Hansen said...

I've missed you, Jeigh. Thanks for sharing. Can't wait to see the picture of the piano. I remember the examples you shared.

Julie Maughon said...

Mm hmm. Paint that piano, girl. :)

Also, JEALOUS! But it's only a matter of time. Right?

P.s. Nice hair. Oh, and nice name. I'm totally going to remember it forever.

Luanne Hardy said...

It makes me so happy to know you were with your people! That has to be so fun to be surrounded by a bunch of people who love to do what you love to do. I'm also glad you were brave.

Ruth Josse said...

Aww, this made me all nostalgic. Boy was it fun! I'm soooo happy we got to meet in person and hang out and stuff. :) I always have the best time at these kind of things and I think it has a lot to do with being with my people. Yes, Jeigh, you are my people. Kindred spirits, me thinks. :)

Christine Danek said...

I love getting together with writerly people whether it's at a conference or just for coffee. Looks like it was great fun!

Small Town Shelly Brown said...

What color did you decide to go with on that piano?

Storymakers was fun! We'll have to do it again next year :)

Chantele Sedgwick said...

It was SO fun having you as a roomie! And I need to see that awesome picture you took again. HILARIOUS!! :D

Sarahie said...

Your cool. And I'm related, so that makes me cool, right?

This looks awesome! I'm glad you got to go have so much fun.

i'm erin. said...

Jeigh, that is the only picture in the world of me! I'm so glad you got it. You'll have to send me a pic.

Guess what?!?

YOU WON! Go check out my blog.

Kris Atkins said...

So while I was at BYU I totally did not write (except one creative writing class) and I'm SO sad I didn't because I was missing out on all this! Okay, next year, I'm totally going. Julie (Maughon) asked me if I'm going to the midwest one and I TOTALLY would except my stomach will be very large by then and I doubt my doc will let me trek out to Kansas (close as it is).
Anyhow, you make a good case for LDS Storymakers, is what I'm getting at!

Leigh Covington said...

Whoo-hoo! YAY for blogging again Jeigh! That's awesome! And I love the pictures! Storymakers was so much fun! Glad I got to know you!

David P. King said...

Wait a second. You were there? And we didn't get to hang out? Oh, that's just wrong. Find me out next time, okay? :)