Apart from the rain while travelling to the venue at Lancaster University (a huge site) the whole weekend was warm and sunny.
The accommodation block I was in overlooked a green area of grass, bushes and trees. In fact it wasn't just bird life that lurked. Waking up early on the Saturday morning it was lovely to look out of the window, just after six a.m, to see not only birds loitering but a couple of rabbits too. Then returning to my block after dinner late Saturday night I saw and heard a hedgehog.
|View toward the|
After their triumph last year it was good to see Virginia Heath and Liam Living back to help us 'Keep that Sexy Momentum Going'.
I should have been in the get-together for the New Writers Scheme at that time, but I'd enjoyed and learnt so much last year from Virginia and Liam's session that I didn't want to miss this one.
With only an hour available some topics couldn't go into much depth, but with brains buzzing from everything, it was probably enough.
I definitely found the cover design tips from Stuart Bache, helpful. I now know what I need to consider and what to avoid!
But there was lots more.
The Gala Dinner on the Saturday night is an opportunity to dress up if you want to. And of course I did- I don't get many opportunities to do so...
|Dressed for dinner...|
(thanks to Georgia Hill
for taking the picture)
That's the problem with conferences, lots of people you know but may only see as they rush past in the opposite direction or across the crowded room at lunchtime.
There was lots of walking between the accommodation and the hub where the sessions took place. Lots of stairs to climb- no lift. Rather a considerable amount of alcohol consumed (my lips are sealed) and plenty of water during the day.
The main hub had a device that enabled you to refill your bottle with cold water, while a display told you how many plastic bottles had been avoided.
Every year there's a goody bag (on arrival) and among the contents a paperback or two.
As before, I came home buzzing with insights and determined to finish my novel, then start the next one.
I hope to go to next year's conference...