One of the benefits of being a freelance writer is a flexible schedule. Living near Portland places me far away from my family (immediate, extended, and in-laws). Visits and travels are part of my yearly plans with my wife Sara. In May, my in-laws visited us, in June I visited my immediate family in Oklahoma, and at the end of July, I visited family in Canada. So we’re about traveled out right now!
On another note, during July, I learned a month ago that my screenplay, “Indian Errand Day,” placed second in the Willamette Writers Kay Snow Contest. I was scheduled to attend the Willamette Writers annual conference on August 6 anyway, so this was a wonderful bonus.
The last time I won a solo award, I was about 13 years old! (although I did win one with Niall Harrison a few years back).
When I go to conventions or conferences, I’m usually a little tense. This time I was pretty relaxed all the way through and met a lot of other writers and enjoyed the panels. The banquet was a lot of fun, too.
I’ll give a fuller report at some point in the future, but I just wanted to check in and say hello.
How has your summer been? Have you traveled, taken a staycation, or attended a conference?