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Saturday, March 17, 2012

Jolly Pirates and NaturalMammas


              Today I drove to Allentown, Pennsylvania to attend my first writing conference, cleverly titled "The Write Stuff."  It was an 8 hour drive, so I set out with the essentials:  2 Jolly Pirate Donuts and a cup of coffee.  For those of you not from the Huntington area, Jolly Pirate Donuts is an amazing local donut shop that uses boxes that look like treasure chests for their large orders.  This makes sense to me because I've always thought that if I ever own a real treasure chest, I will fill it up with donuts.  And Cadbury Creme Eggs.
              I recently lost most of the music on my iPhone, so I had to make my own fun along the way.  I played some "getting to know you" games to break the ice with myself.  For example, I asked myself, “what are your top 5 favorite smells?”  I came up with the following:
     1.     New tennis balls
     2.     Tire stores
     3.     Puppy breath
     4.     How it smells outside after it rains on a hot day
     5.     Freshly cooked brownies
Feel free to disagree with my list.  Except for tennis balls.  That one is not debatable.
I stopped in Hagerstown, Maryland for lunch at Chick-fil-A.   I disagree with Chick-fil-A’s politics, but I love their chicken sandwich and the way their staff talk like airline attendants.  “Your total comes to $5.85.  It will be my pleasure serving you at the window.”
            The highlight of my drive was when I received a rogue text from an unknown number informing me that some girl was “talking about her periods and naturally her menstrual cup again.”  I wrote back for clarification, and it turns out that the text was, in fact, not intended for me.  I did some serious Googling after I got to my hotel room, and discovered that the menstrual cup is the “award-winning revolutionary alternative to tampons and pads.”  They have fun brand names like “DivaCup," “NaturalMamma,” “MoonCup,” and “The Keeper.”  I am all about caring for Mother Earth, and my apologies to the cup divas reading my blog, but carrying Aunt Flo around in an internal chalice just isn’t for me.
            After arriving in Allentown, I put on my business casual attire and headed to the lobby to register for my conference and attend the first lecture.  The speaker, Marie Lamba, did an amazing job talking about the recent changes to the writing and publishing world due to e-readers and an increase in independent publishing.  After Marie’s talk, there was a reception for all of the conference participants.  I met several very interesting writers, several of whom are already published.  The conference continues tomorrow from 8-5, and after it’s over I am driving to Philly to spend a couple of days with my good friend from college, Sara.  At 3:00 p.m. tomorrow I am scheduled to pitch my book to an agent.  I am nervous and excited.  I will write about how it goes, even if it ends up being a disaster.  Wish me luck!

11 comments:

  1. I, too, love the smell of new tennis balls and tire stores. I also love the smell of new sneakers and gasoline. Good luck with your book pitch, I've worked on several books but have never had the courage to do anything with them.

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    1. Oooh new sneakers! That's a good one! And thank you. You should definitely go to a writer's conference. This has been so helpful in motivating me.

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    2. I write spy novels, and a shit ton of detail goes into them. I always seem to find something wrong so that's been a big roadblock. I've heard agents looking at spy manuscripts will actually go and check the details to make sure they're right. If I wrote the weather was sunny and mild in Mumbai in April of ten years ago, they'll look to make sure it's right.

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    3. Jenna, may God send many spring showers on the warm sidewalk to inspire you! For me, it's Noah's Bagels w/ a cup of strong coffee hands down. Hi to Scott from us too - when you have a book signing in the Bay Area, come for dinner & refreshment, we're an hour from the City! ~John & Brenda Davis

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    4. Thank you so much! I hope you and your family are doing well!

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  2. There is a local co-op where we can go scope out diva cups while you are here! Good luck today!

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    1. I'm so excited to see you! And that sounds great. I love window shopping for new feminine products.

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  3. I totally clicked on the Google ad on this page about Diva Cups. Gross. I'm not nearly green enough for those, although reading about them made me a little green....

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  4. Bwhahaha you said getting to know you games to break the ice with myself. You crack me up! I love the smell of burning leaves in the fall. And Pine-Sol.

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    1. Now I know what to get you for your birthday.

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