What I'm reading: Lady Knight, by Blair Bancroft
Workshop report – overall, I'm pleased. There were between 20 and 25 people, which is an excellent turnout considering it was Valentine's Day weekend, a holiday weekend, and Speed Week. My GPS was about 92.7% reliable. My Google Map directions didn't give me the same route, so I made the decision to listen to my GPS lady instead of having to refer to a written printout. Actually, using that GPS is a lot like the way I plot. It tells you how far you have to go to reach the next reference point, even when the directions for that point are "remain on the current road." The GPS knows where you're supposed to end up, but it doesn't give you the entire route all at once (unless you go to a different screen, but I don't usually do that, especially at highway speeds).
I did get one 'wrong' instruction near the end of the route. I dutifully remained on the current road, even though the Google Map had said to exit. As soon as I passed that exit, I got the dreaded "recalculating route" and was directed to exit and get back on going the other direction and backtrack to the point where I'd been told to keep going.
After the presentation, I headed out to the home of my first writing mentor, Sandra McDonald for a last chance to have some face to face fun time. Again, I trusted the GPS, which did seem to agree with my Google map this time. What neither said, however, was that the street where I was supposed to make a left turn was one of those that has a different name on either side. So I was looking to my right, and the street name wasn't the one I was supposed to turn on. As I went through the intersection, I noticed the correct name to the left. However, the GPS had me circle the block, and I arrived only a minute or two after the original estimated arrival time.
Often, in writing, you might think you're going the right way, but something isn't working. Don't be afraid to backtrack and find the point where things drifted off track.
My PowerPoint worked out fairly well—the remote was persnickety, so the slides often seemed to pop up of their own accord, but it didn't matter to the group. I also had a flip chart, plus my boards and sticky notes. Considering I was the second speaker, with a business meeting in between, I'm gratified that they were willing to spend so much of a Saturday in a library meeting room.
The group was responsive (even without the chocolate rewards for contributing), and they seemed to enjoy it, based on how many made a point of coming up to thank me, and tell me how glad they were to discover that there was nothing "wrong" about writing before you know what's going to happen. And in a follow-up email from the coordinator, she told me one attendee had reported stopping at the office supply store on her way home to pick up sticky notes!
Tomorrow is guest day, and I'm hosting author Marie Tuhart. Her topic: procrastination. Something that's going to catch up to me as we have to get on with our move. Garage Sale Saturday, so we have a LOT to sort through! I'm hoping that the Olympics will distract me while I work.
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