Success only flourishes in perseverance -- ceaseless, restless perseverance.
--Baron Manfred Von Richtofen

Monday, February 21, 2011

Over the Rainbow...

Where the dreams that you dare to dream really do come true. *cue Judy Garland*

I've been practicing "Over the Rainbow" with my women's choir, and that phrase really jumped out at me. Especially in light of my own dream-come-true moment this past weekend.

LTUE rocked! I had the time of my life. Seriously. What a fantastic conference it is every year.

When I first arrived, I was nervous about being on panels for the first time. Would I know what to say? Would I sound like an idiot? Would the organizers politely ask me to leave and not do any future panels? Two people put me at ease right away, though. Sandra Tayler and Paul Genesse, both of whom I had just met in person for the first time, gave me some great advice and reassurance. Thank you both, Sandra and Paul! You made a big difference for me.

My panels went great (I'll do posts on each one later), and I learned that I LOVE sitting in front of a room full of people and talking about writing. It was seriously fun! So, my dream of sitting up in the front with the big boys was even better than I imagined it would be.

Considering the number of people who were there, I am totally counting this as the fulfillment of the "present at a conference" half of my Big Goal. I hope I get many more opportunities to do so in the future.

15 comments:

Nisa said...

I didn't know you were on panels. That's so cool, Angie! And now I'm even more sad that I missed it! Glad you enjoyed it so much!

LTM said...

that's supercool, Angie! Congrats on your successful conference! Go Dorothy~ :o) <3

Shallee said...

Yay! I'm glad you felt it went well and had so much fun. I thought you did great in the ones I went to. :)

lotusgirl said...

I was on a panel last week at an event with Beth Revis, Carrie Ryan, Tracey Adams, and Snow Wildsmith. It was great. I had the same worries as you, but I think it went really well. I would have loved attending the LTUE. Alas it was a very long commute.

tiffany said...

hooray im happy you loved it & filled half your goal

i also love the rainbow picture its beutiful did you take it?

Terry W. Ervin II said...

Glad being on a pannel was fun. It's not for everybody. You're just warming up for the big time!

Angie said...

Thanks, Tiff. I didn't take the picture. I pulled it off google images. Thank you, Terry. I really do like public speaking, so that's good.

Canda said...

That definitely counts toward your goal. How cool for you!

Linz said...

Yea!! I am so glad the LUTE went well! Congratulations on achieving that half of your BIG goal!

Linz said...

**LTUE. I know...

Danyelle said...

You did an awesome job! And LTUE truly did rock! *hugs*

WindyA said...

I love that song! And so sorry I missed LTUE :(

Joanne said...

Your panel experience sounds awesome. There's nothing like being immersed in that type of writing environment.

Abby Annis said...

That's so cool! Glad you enjoyed it! :)

Jackee said...

Glad you had a great time at LTUE. I'm so sad I didn't make it AGAIN this year, but I'll make it someday. My alma mater calls.... :o)