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In 2005 I attended my first writer’s conference held in Greensboro, NC.

I took vacation days before the conference to prepare my pitches. I had started many contemporary category romances and had one completed. I was naive then. And I still feel naive.

The day before I was supposed to leave for Greensboro, I got the worst migraine headache. I thought I was dying. My husband was at a work, so I called my mother and asked her to take me to urgent care because nothing was going to stop me from attending this conference.

On the way, she had to pull over so I could throw up. We also stopped at a convenience store to get me a coke. By the time I got to the Duke-run urgent care center, I was beginning to feel better(the coke started to do its job–my headaches are caffeine withdrawal induced).

Even though I was on the mend I still felt weird and didn’t feel comfortable driving, so my family took me to the conference and left me there.

The next morning, I realized I had forgotten one essential item necessary if you’re pitching to a respected agent in the industry–deodorant.

I panicked. I couldn’t make a good impression with underarm issues.

Remember, I didn’t have my car because my family dropped me off. I couldn’t just run to the drugstore. What was I to do?

My aunt is allergic to deodorant, and uses body powder instead, and it just so happened I had brought a travel-sized container of body powder that had been given to me as a part of a gift set of Eternity cologne. I’m still amazed that I had packed it, because I had never worn it before.

Problem solved. Those tense nervous moments pitching to the agent wouldn’t mean disaster.

Or so I thought.

As the day went on, I began to experience an itching sensation. I ignored it of course, because I would look ridiculous scratching like a monkey.

That evening, the rash had spread down the inside of my upper arm, making its way down to my elbow.

And yet, I think I did pretty well with my pitch. Hopefully,  I appeared cool and calm while all the while I wanted to scratch like crazy.

Sadly, the agent rejected the proposal I sent to him after the conference (did he sense something was wrong?) .

But still I plug on as I prepare for the Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writers Conference coming up in May.

And you can bet that on my packing list is a BIG THING(what do you call it, I don’t know-bottle, container, stick?) of DEODORANT.

Message from Mark 10:1-12

Pastor Barry and his beautiful bride, Marie:

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