I've been to my first conference for a long time. I get tired easily nowadays, so I have to chose carefully where my energy is spent. And this past weekend was a wonderful inspirational feast!
A chance to talk to like minded friends, to hear published authors talk about being a 'pantser' or 'plotter' was wonderful.
The three authors on the Historical Whodunnits panel, all confessed easily, comfortably, to being in the 'pantser' category. That means not plotting but unfolding events and conflicts as they write. In fact writing to find out what is going on!
Sulari Gentill, Robert Gott and Gary Corby all shared generously with their writing insights.
As an author myself it was SO liberating to hear them speak about not using little cards, post it notes etc, etc...
That session was my conference highlight even though I'm not an avid whodunnit fan I now have some new Australian authors to read!
Another aspect was the obvious delight and passion authors using history bring to their writing, the enthusiasm was contagious and inspiring.
So here is an historical artefact of mine- a sampler of my Grandmother's embroidery.
And my Grandmother and Grandfather in very young days. A piece of history as my own inspiration.