Egads, it’s true! I’ve been invited to deliver the keynote address this year at the 7th annual convention of the Golden Crown Literary Society in Orlando. And of course I said yes. Who could turn down an honor like that? In fact, I spent a couple of days pretty high on the idea … until it sank in that keynote address meant they expected *me* to write it. You see, work & I haven’t exactly been companions of late. Since my back surgery last fall, I’ve been leisurely drafting my next book, enjoying (probably too much) the lack of a deadline, which meant there was no real pressure to produce anything. Call it a hiatus, a vacation, sick leave … whatever. It suited my state of body & mind, but now — something *very, very good* must be on paper by mid-morning on June 10th or 11th, the usual slot for the keynote. Breathe!
It’s okay, I can do this. Virtually everything I do starts just like this — with a blank screen. Wait, I need coffee. And just one quick game of Spider Solitaire. More of that big … blank screen … with a blinking cursor. Hold on, let me check for updates on Facebook … and the Bella Blog. Relax, I won’t torture you with the entire process. One of us tortured is enough. Here’s all you need to know:
June 9 – 12, 2011 • Walt Disney Hilton Hotel, Orlando
Despite my malingering, I haven’t been a total slug over these last few weeks. As I mentioned earlier, I really (honestly) am drafting my next book. As you may recall, I got hung up a couple of months ago when I realized the story I was trying to tell wasn’t going anywhere interesting, and I was forced to walk away from the premise I had in mind. One of the characters, however, refused to be ignored, and she insists I keep after this until I find a way to tell her story. She will win, because they always do.
I’ve also been up to my eyeballs with some very exciting developments at the Stonewall Library & Archive (where I’m a member of the board of directors). I’ll happily gush about that news as soon as we get through all the official steps — in other words, after our press release. Good stuff.