Last Friday, my husband and I went to the Life, the Universe, and Everything: symposium on science fiction and fantasy at BYU. We dropped our son off at my mom's house for the day. We went to four presentations/panels. I know my husband was bored a lot of the time, but it meant a lot to me that he volunteered to accompany me. All of the participating authors were excellent.
The ones I went to: Resonance in Fairy Tales; the Main Address by Orson Scott Card; The Realities of NY Publishing; and Putting Romance in Your Novel. Orson Scott Card is hilarious. I really enjoyed listening to him in person. Surprisingly, the romance panel was most interesting to my husband. We hadn't realized how much romance adds to a story, even as a very minor subplot. I realized most of my writing naturally has a strong current of romance.
The weather was perfect (well, ten degrees or so colder than perfect). Clear sky, and little to no wind. Much nicer than the super cold and storms earlier in the week.
My initial plan was to go the Writing Workshop for one hour, then end with Women of the Fantastic, but didn't have any of my own work to share, and knew my husband would be out of place. So we left early, went to the mall, and then ate at the Old Spaghetti Factory for dinner before picking up B.
I'm going to type up my notes this week. I'll share any new insights I find. I'm happy with the results of my first writer's conference.