Fargo to San Antonio Day 3: Heloise and Me
It has been an absolutely amazing day. I still haven’t caught up with all that I’ve taken in. In fact, it might be a while before I can. But it all began with a moving talk by the famed columnist Heloise, who spoke on the 50th anniversary of the inception of the column she “inherited” the night she lost her mother (the original Heloise). She was so sweet, so real, and it was a very interesting talk. I told her afterward that I think she should write a memoir. We’ll see if that comes to be, but I definitely think there is a story there that would have an eager audience. Well, of course there is. It’s just a matter of whether she’s up to writing it. I, for one, have encouraged her.
And yes, I really DID meet and talk with Heloise. She was gracious enough to pose with me so that I would have absolute proof. (I don’t even own Photoshop so…forget that possibility). It looks like I put on my blush in the dark this morning…boy, should have checked that before the camera snapped! Oh well, Heloise’s makeup looks perfect, and that’s all that really matters. Note my “first-timer” badge.Feeling so green here!
I’m anxious to share more soon, but right now I’m overwhelmed with information. However, here’s a quick peek. The sessions I took in after Heloise’s opening talk included one on blogging, another on social networking, one on writing a fabulous book proposal (we all got free copies of the author’s book), and finally, a session on literary agents. All were greatly informative. I know for certain that one of my upcoming writing posts is going to be on the value of conferences, because you truly just can’t beat meeting other writer folks face to face, whether it be other bloggers, journalists or book writers. It’s such a great experience and all writers need to take in something like this at some point in their writing careers — the earlier the better.
Off, now, to the evening banquet, where my cohort, Denise Pinkney, Communicator of Achievement for the North Dakota Professional Communicators (state chapter) group will be honored. Denise is a great person, along with being a wonderful communicator, and very deserving of this honor. I can’t wait to see her shine.
Signing off from the El Tropicano hotel in Downtown San Antonio!