In a nutshell:
- I was convinced to finally get over myself and admit that the novel I have written is a romance. I'm a romance writer. (There - I said it.)
- I pitched my novel to an editor at Covenant Communications, and he asked me to send him the full manuscript to read. This is promising, although it could still come to nothing. I need to knock off a few rough edges and apply some of the things I learned at the conference, and then I will submit it.
- There was a first chapter contest at the conference, and I had two entries. My full novel (which I now admit is a romance) didn't win. But a Science Fiction story I started a few months ago won first place in its category. I got great feedback on both entries, which made it worth the time and effort to enter.
- I bought, won, or was given 11 new books. I may need to ship a box home before I go.
I stayed with my dad during the conference, and had a good time visiting with him. I'll stay at my mom's the rest of the time. My sisters and their families will be coming for dinner tonight, and I'm looking forward to seeing them.
But despite the fun I am having, I miss my wife and kids. I can't wait to get home.