Tuesday Tip: A Promise is a Promise is Springmingle

I know that I said I’d share what I learned from the conference I just attended. So, if you zip over to Finders & Keepers here, you’ll get the skinny on Springmingle ’10.

But here’s what I read in this week’s Horoscope section of TV Guide, just this morning:

Libra (It just so happens that I’m a Libra)
Jenna Elfman, 9/30/71 (So is Jenna Elfman! I liked Jenna Elfman in Dharma and Greg. Or I liked thinking that’s the kind of kooky, carefree spirit I could be, if in fact I were the kooky and carefree type. I’m not.)

“Not everyone shares your sense of humor, so be careful what you say over the next seven days-because some people, maybe important ones, won’t take kindly to your jokes and quips, especially if they’re the target. Choose your words carefully and you’ll have a great week.”

Sheesh. Now I’m a nervous wreck. Because I’ve written about all kinds of important conference folks over at Finders and Keepers, and Cathy-on-a-Stick was at the conference, too.

But a promise is a promise. So enjoy. (All in all, I think I’d rather be a Taurus this week.)

Finding Something Friday : Springmingle 2010!

I can’t be lolly-gagging away here at the Hall of Fame. I’m off to Springmingle (the Southern Breeze chapter of SCBWI regional conference in Atlanta)! I’m sure I’ll find all kinds of fabulous writing stuff. And I’ll take notes, too. Then I’ll come back here and share with you!

Okay. I cannot tell a lie. I will intend to take notes. But most likely I will listen real carefully. Um, actually, I might not listen that carefully. I start watching people and then my mind wanders. Before you know it, the session’s over and what have I got to show for it?

That’s probably why they give out a few pages of notes at these conferences. I’ll bet there are tons of writers who have lolly-gagging brains.

(Wait! Check out this contest going on over at The Happy Accident! You could win a free social media consultation-Greg Pincus usually provides these at conferences- if your name is chosen. BUT, even if you’re not interested in the social scene, you’ll pick up a ton of great blog reading in the comments! Don’t lolly-gag. Contest ends the 28th!)

Finding Something Friday Rushing Around

I’ve got to get my little old self to the Springmingle Conference in Atlanta this evening, but I wanted to leave you something before I go. Something Southern, sort of like Southern Breeze, which is the SCBWI chapter sponsoring Springmingle. (Am I the only one that thinks Springmingle is a little, I don’t know, rushing the season, for a conference in February???)

So, here’s a call for submissions from “Sweet Tea and Afternoon Tales,” which is sponsored by the Gulf Coast Writers Association. And according to their info sheet, they’re “eager to include voices from many southern states.”

And that could mean little old me, from Georgia. Or you, if you’re from Mississippi, Alabama, Caroline-anywhere below the Mason Dixon Line (okay, I just flashed back to eighth grade cheerleading and one of my favorite cheers. Now, I’m flashing back to how I didn’t make the squad. A perfectly good flashback ruined.)

Anyway, the GCWA will accept most genres, except the usual genres relegated to the Island Of Misfit Fiction (erotica, graphic violence, etc.). BUT, stories must be set in the South and capture a Southern tone (how convenient for little old me!) AND, they’ll consider previously published stories. There’s no entry fee, but you’ve got to work fast! Deadline is March 15, 2009!

You can get all the little old details here. And now, I’m gone like the wind. (Um, I couldn’t help that one. It’s better than another cheer, though, right?)