A conference, a contest, and a cry

If you’re looking for a good conference to attend this summer, might I suggest the Nebraska Summer Writers Conference? The Nebraska Summer Writers Conference joins the Prairie Schooner literary journal and the American Life in Poetry series as part of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln creative writing program. The Conference’s registration is open to the public, and includes creative writing workshops and panel discussions.

The weeklong session runs from June 12th-17th and the weekend session is June 11th and 12th. If you sign up now, you can get in on the discount offered on the Poetry and Novel Master Classes.

Remember that I have a contest running. On May 19th, I’m giving away a softcover version of my novel The Brevity of Roses on Goodreads. You can’t win if you don’t enter!

Not that anyone cares, but I cried with James Durbin last night. In case you’re not an American Idol fan, James was a contestant on the show. James pegged himself at the beginning as just a heavy-metal screamer, but somewhere along the line, he revealed he could truly sing with tender emotion. I started rooting for him to make the final three. Alas, he didn’t. I’m sure his career will do fine without an Idol win, but I’ll miss his performances.

Comment, if you care to, otherwise run along and have a good weekend.

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11 thoughts on “A conference, a contest, and a cry”

  1. Linda,

    The writing conference in Nebraska sounds wonderful! Are you going? Conference are still on my “some day” list. Got to find a way to get to one soon.

    I haven’t been watching Idol, though I saw comments here and there about James. I think you and my mother-in-law feel the same 🙂


    1. No, Christi, someday I plan to go, but it’s not in my budget this year. One of my daughters-in-law is in training to be the assistant director of the conference and asked me to help with her task of publicizing the conference.

      I don’t watch much TV, mostly well-written dramatic series like Mad Men or Treme, but American Idol is my guilty pleasure. 🙂


  2. If I had any tears leftover from the elimination of Casey and Jacob then I’d cry for James. Now I don’t care anymore. The last three are all equal so I have no one to root for. My daughter wants Haley to win, so I guess I’ll watch the finish to see.


    1. I feel much the same way about watching now, Tricia. Except, I’ve always been intrigued by Haley. I think her voice is interesting. If they don’t already, Scotty and Lauren will have a contract offer as soon as the final results are read, so I hope Haley wins.


  3. I’ve never attended a writers conference but i have heard the good ones are worth their weight in gold.

    Also my wife was/is a Durbin fan. I can remember reading my book in our study when I heard a loud scream. Imagine my surprise when I discovered that my wife wasn’t being attacked by the creature from the black lagoon, she was instead reacting to Durbin being kicked off…….


    1. I wouldn’t know, Taurean. I’ve never been to a conference either.

      I didn’t scream, but I did utter a hearty “You have got to be kidding.” I say every year that I don’t trust their voting system. 🙂


  4. I was very sad to see James ousted on Idol, as well! Our whole family was rooting for him. I guess Haley or Lauren will now have to be my second choices, as I’m not a Scotty fan at all! Something about him creeps me out a bit.


    1. I think Scotty has a perfect country voice, though I’m not a fan of country music, but I felt he had sort of phoned it in the last couple weeks, so when it got down to him and James, I thought sure it was Scotty going home.


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