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Back from Omaha!
Tuesday, January 19th, 2010

My horoscope today. No kidding. “You’re a space explorer, setting out into the unknown. Make contact with Houston.”

Anyway, I’m back! Still tired and my butt’s tingly from sitting for hours in a car, but I kind of like tingly, so not so bad. And I have pictures! They’re not as fun as the cruise pics, but you know I have to share. Thanks so much to the ladies who took over my blog while I was gone. Looks like you all had fun! We’ll do that again!

Have to start with this picture. My sis, Elle James, forgot she was wearing her reading glasses and we bumped heads while she held the camera above us. She thinks I deleted this one. :mrgreen:

Sis and I left Arkansas on Friday, and headed up north to snow country. A writer’s group in Omaha invited us up to conduct a weekend-long plotting bootcamp. We do them a couple of times a year. They’re exhausting, but also a lot of fun. I like hanging with other authors and helping them put together a plot for a book. Brainstorming is fun so long as the book’s not mine!

The group was a nice mix of newbie-writers and multi-published authors. I won’t mention names to protect their privacy, but I was pleased and a little intimidated going in. That lasted about five seconds once everyone started talking about their stories.

I shot this out the car window as we drove. I don’t see snow that often, so it’s cool to me. That drive, BTW, was 12 hours! I broke it into two legs. 4 to my sister’s, then we drove 8 together. Like I said. Tingly butt.

The Omaha group set everything up in a hotel. Here we are arriving. Had to include this pic because that’s sis’s butt. She’s gonna want to kill me, but she’d have a long drive to do it now.

I don’t have a lot of fun photos because the weekend was cram-packed with work. I took a couple of shots while everyone worked on their lists of story conflicts. This was a rare quiet moment.

The bootcamp class is dynamic, and usually looks more like this. Wish you could see her schnauzer slippers. We kept to sweats and slippers for comfort.

The whole reason I love to do the bootcamps is a chance to hang with my sis and do something we both love.

8 comments to “Back from Omaha!”

  1. Wesley Nichols
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      · January 19th, 2010 at 11:18 am · Link

    Did you get a chance to think of some of your stories while you were in Omaha?



  2. Rasha
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      · January 19th, 2010 at 3:05 pm · Link

    Welcome back DD it looks like you guys had a very productive trip and you also had a bit of fun which is not bad at all :) Sure hope all that plotting gave you some ideas although you are doing just fine on your own :wink:



  3. Estella
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      · January 19th, 2010 at 4:06 pm · Link

    Sounds like you had an interesting time.



  4. Sasha
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      · January 19th, 2010 at 4:14 pm · Link

    Looks like you ladies had a great time. Wish I could’ve been there.



  5. savonna
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      · January 20th, 2010 at 1:16 am · Link

    Love the pictures!! I am very familiar with the tingly butt due to excessive time spent in the car. I hope you had a chance to stop and stretch along the way. I’m glad you had a good bootcamp!



  6. Delilah
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      · January 20th, 2010 at 8:16 am · Link

    Wesley! Not a lot of time to think about my own story. It was pretty much non-stop.

    Rasha! I did make some notes on the long drive with sis, but it was for things we want to teach or projects we work on together.

    Estella! Any chance to go somewhere new is a good time.



  7. Delilah
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      · January 20th, 2010 at 8:17 am · Link

    Sasha! No you don’t. Plotting makes you crazy! :lol:

    Savonna! Thanks, dear!!



  8. Jody F.
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      · January 20th, 2010 at 7:53 pm · Link

    I feel left out D :cry: You should have visited me while you were in our lovely (foggy, snowy, cold, cloudy) state. I was just down the interstate in Lincoln. Oh well, next time you visit the state the drinks are on me.