Thursday, June 05, 2014

SIWC - cute picture - EPIC BLOGGER - your blog's status!

Heigh Ho, Heigh Ho it’s home from work I go…

All right.

Seems like HAPPY is joining me this evening!

Because I’ve signed on for the SIWC. In October I’ll be rubbing shoulders with fellow writers, published authors, agents and publishers.

The last time I attended the SIWC was back in 2006 - and, dare I say, it was epic. (yes, yes… gotta love epic!)

SIWC has been around a long time - this LINK will take you to their ‘History’ page if you’re inclined to want a little more meat on this bare bone. Suffice it to say it’s year 22 and they are still going strong.

If you want to see what I've been doing to help promote the SIWC check THIS out.

But, there’s more to the Why?
Happiness is:

I’ve had the pleasure of reading a blog out here for over four years; a blog that runs the writing gambit from posts on gardening (which are colourful and educational); to posts with snippets of works in progress; to posts bearing the tragic tales of life’s cruel and unforgiving hand.

The blog I speak of recently reached the 500 post milestone and is still as entertaining and full of great writing as it was back when I started reading it.

I am pleased to call the writer of this blog my friend and writing buddy. His compassionate, kind words have bolstered my spirits, as of late, as I journey uncharted roads. He is epic - in every sense of the word.

He is also embarking on a journey, a writing adventure, on which he has posted his thoughts HERE, eloquently and as he often does, in a short story to set the stage. Worth taking a moment to pay him a visit, you'll be glad you did. 

I give you


the creative force behind


Thanks to Bushman I have not given up completely on my blog and have found the passion deep within me to fire it up again and continue what I started. 

There is no mistaking the journey I am now on is a different one, filled with a reality that is disconcerting yet, in its own way, enlightening. In the midst of my hurricane lives the calm eye, it is in this calm I presently find myself taking up residence. 

For how long? 

All we ever have is today so it is a pointless question. Not worth the asking, not worth searching the endless tomorrows for answers that may never come.  

I will be here, now and then, mostly then… as for now I am busy dancing on my keypads with wily fingers itching to tell a tale of long ago and far away… in the world of dreams, and nightmares, where I have know the cast of many that make up the uncharted realm of my mind.

Well… it’s off to sleep I go… Heigh, Ho!   Maybe what I really need is a map-maker!

Cheers, Jenny

Have you ever attended a writers’ conference? Share the details - any suggestions - any insights?

Footnote: A special thanks goes out to Tex, over at the The Tex Files, for inspiring this post with her own witty and extremely informative (giggle) post on the topic of “10 Reasons Your Blog Sucks”. A must read for every blogger! Thanks Tex. 


  1. Thank you so much. Writing in and of itself is what we long to do, it's what we crave to do and when you have someone special to share it with, someone to help you along the way it makes it even better.
    Thank you for your dedication to my site but even more thank you for your friendship!

    1. Hey… I know great when I see it! (besides my own reflection - giggle)

      Seriously though, you have been a solid out here and for that I am grateful.
      Thanks for your many wonderful words of encouragement, support, humour, and friendship - you've added immensely to happiness.

  2. I've been to the SIWC, had a crit appt with Diana Gabaldon, a master class and a pitch appt with Don Maass. Enjoyed it thoroughly and lived thru the pitch. It was a learning experience and I was testing my ability to pitch my book and interest others. I gleaned some good advice from these two high profile presenters.

    I only went for one day and one master class, are you going for the full three or a different combination? Please tell us more. (here's the link if you want to see what I thought)
    It's nice to rub shoulders with the writing competition. . .

    1. Hey there, D.G., thanks for dropping in and sharing the link to your post; it was great.

      I'll put together a post in the next few days with the details of what I'll be doing at this year's SIWC. It's time I took the next step in this adventure of mine...

  3. Cool! A writers conference. That certainly does sound epic. I've never been to a writers conference. I'd say it''s a worthy experience.

    Wrote By Rote

    1. Hi Lee - so good to see your avatar! Thanks for stopping in and taking a read.
      I'm can't believe you've never been to a writers' conference - shock and awe. :)

      Well, maybe it's time - there's still room at the inn!

      I hope all is well in your part of the world - been thinking often about you and all you do for the blogging community. I was sad not to be in this year's A-Z but had all of you in my thoughts.

      Cheers, Jenny

  4. A writer’s conference doesn't sound like a cosplay-friendly environment, but I might just show up in my drunken asshole costume anyway.

    1. Aw, not in your cookie monster digs…
      And this convention does encourage costumes for one evening event - going as me is about the best I can come up with - should I need help though, I'll be calling in a favour and borrowing that costume of yours - been a while since I've imbibed! (ooohhh - big word of the day!) :P :P

    2. If anyone asks, tell them you're Mark Twain in a trucker's hat.

  5. Have you shared with Tex about your daughter and Pinkie Pie. You should! Thanks for stopping by my blog today.

    1. Hi deathwriter! No, I haven't. I didn't know she was a fan. I'll drop by and mention it.

      I'm in the process of trying to get a flight to Minneapolis to attend the CONvergence - but so far I'm batting zero in the "reasonable rate" department.

      That post of yours was touching - been there, done that with Miss CP - know the heartache.

  6. I can feel your excitement from this side of the world. Sometimes we all need time to refocus and centre ourselves again.

    Really glad you have come back re-energised

    1. hahaha - for how long, I wonder!

      Seems, when I looked back at my posts, the times I've bowed out and said my farewells were times I had a tough time finding "happy" - hopefully I can get better at reaching out instead of receding… :)


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