Instead of going to the Florida Christian Writers’ Conference like I had for the last three years, I went to Realm Makers, which is geared to Christian writers of speculative fiction, so these are my people.
It took quite a bit of courage to go since I’m a country girl who is/was afraid of flying alone, as well as scary cities. I thank Donny for encouraging me to go.
The conference felt much more laid back than the FCWC, which was interesting considering a much larger percentage of the authors at RM are published. There was fun every night, including an epic nerf war that started Saturday night and ended Sunday morning. The classes were good, and I especially enjoyed the fight workshop Saturday night.
They also had a costume party on Friday, which was really cool. I just wore black clothes and a silver cape. After I’d bought the cape, I realized I may have been accidentally cosplaying the supervillain Steelheart from Brandon Sanderson’s Reckoners trilogy.
Overall, the conference was a ton of fun. I talked to a few people who might be interested in my books, and if not, I also have contacts with editors and cover designers. The best part is meeting other people who write my genre. I’ve met so many great people I’m not even going to try to mention them all.
After the conference, I met some friends from the now closed Dragons in Our Midst forum, which was a lot of fun since I’ve known a few of them for about eight years, but I’d never had a chance to meet them in person. For those out there who do have online friends, don’t feel like you’re never going to see these people. I’ve probably met a dozen or more people who I first knew online.
Overall, it was a great trip. Next year, it’s going to be held in Reno, Nevada. I hope more of my friends will attend.
If you want more blog posts about Realm Makers, check out this link.