|(L to R standing) Mary Connealy, Myra Johnson, |
Missy Tippens, Janet Dean and Debby Giusti.
(L to R seated) Pam Hillman and Julie Lessman.
I frequently use TinyURL.com to shorten long, unruly URLs and thought that same concept would work for condensing the ACFW into a series of information “bytes” to provide an overview of the conference through my POV.
I know Ruthy and Tina posted pictures in the weekend edition, but bear with me as I add some of the shots I took to the blog's virtual scrapbook. Hopefully, the pics will provide a glimpse into what made ACFW 2013 so special.
|Looking down from the second floor registration area, I spied |
Mary Connealy and Erica Vetch chatting in the lobby!
|Casy Herringshaw and Julie Lessman meet near |
registration on Thursday. Squeal!!!!
|Thanks, Janet, for a lovely evening.|
Chatting with the schoolmarm was fun! Notice Pike's Pyramid on her chalk board, an amazing way to teach addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, square roots and more. Her school runs from Dec 1 to Feb 28 with a yearly tuition of $2.31 per child that she receives as wages.
|The schoolmarm rarely smiled.|
|Straw hats and writing slates. |
What do you want to buy?
|I'll take two yards of calico fabric.|
|The doctor's spinster sister welcomes the Seekers to her brother's|
|See the footstool peeking out from under the settee?|
|The net protects the gilded frame in summer.|
|Two mustard colored sleeve puffs.|
|I'll skip the leeches!|
A spot on one of the beds at the local hotel cost 12 1/2 cents. We opted to return to the Hyatt instead.
|Four to a bed? Really? Notice the chamber pot.|
|The Seekers with Jeanne T!|
|Two Regency beauties! Deb Marvin (L) created both costumes.|
Susie Dietz's (R) dress is made from a green, silk sari.
Don't the ladies look lovely and ready for a night on the ton!
|Civil War belle, Lyndee Henderson, models the outfit she|
stitched. Her skirt contains 13 yards of fabric pleated by hand.
|Jim Bell and the Seekers!|
I was thrilled Sunday to have coffee with best-selling author Frank Peretti. Frank's a great guy who enjoys life and makes everyone he meets feel at ease. His debut novel, This Present Darkness, published in 1986, opened the doors to Christian fiction. The ACFW honored him this year with a Lifetime Achievement Award.
|Debby with best selling author Frank Peretti.|
Screenwriter and founder of "MovieGuide," Ted Baehr presented a two-hour workshop, "How to Succeed in Hollywood (Without Losing Your Soul)." Money talks, and Ted said Hollywood is seeing great success with family-friendly films, yet more needs to be done. An engaging speaker, Ted encouraged all of us to create uplifting stories and screenplays that could reverse the present moral decline in our country. I came away enthused and encouraged that he and "MovieGuide" are a positive force for good within the film industry.
|Ted talks to the ACFW writers.|
Sunday afternoon, I also attended "Marketing Plans Made Easy," presented by Agent Amanda Luedeke. Check out her blog posts on marketing each Thursday at ChipMacGregor.com.
|Guess which one is Tosca Lee.|
The last workshop of the day was "Making Unsympathetic Characters Sympathetic," presented by Tosca Lee, who has penned a number of books with Ted Dekker. The topic of her workshop was appropriate since she's currently writing novels with unsympathetic characters, such as the devil and Eve. Her latest Biblical fiction release is Iscariot. Yes, Judas Iscariot. She had us look at moments of pain and betrayal in our own lives to use as a springboard into our character's internal conflict.
|(R to L) Carol Moncado, Debby, Sue Mason and|
Jen Cvelbar from Ohio State! Go Bucks!
Sunday night was the gala banquet and awards ceremony. Everyone looked beautiful in their evening attire. The Genesis and Carol winners were announced amid cheers and tears of gratitude. Congratulations to all the winners...and finalists! We're so proud of all of you.
|Patti Jo Moore (L) and Mary Connealy|
at the Awards Ceremony.
|Carol finalist Myra Johnson (L) sits next to Agent of the Year,|
|The Glory singers perform. The third singer from|
the left, dressed in yellow, is our own Helen Gray!
|Congratulations to Susie Dietz on winning the Genesis!|
Monday everyone packed their suitcases and headed home. I flew back to
tired but happy and brimming with ideas for my next story. Leave a comment about ACFW, your writing life or life in general to be entered in a drawing for a copy of my latest Love Inspired Suspense that features the US Army's Wounded Warrior Program, THE SOLDIER'S SISTER. Atlanta
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