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BrainstormATX: The Little Conference that Could

Austin is the “Live Music Capitol of the World.” However, I’m convinced we have more writers in this city than we have musicians. The problem is, authors aren’t as visible as musicians, and we tend to be more introverted, so people don’t realize how many writers there actually are in Austin. Making matters worse, for a city as artsy as Austin, there aren’t a lot of organizations and events for writers that help raise awareness and build community. After many conversations with fellow authors, it became clear we needed to do something about it. A crazy idea Out of that, a crazy idea came into focus: a local, grassroots writer and author conference. Austin is full of amazing writers and experts on other topics. It therefore made sense for the conference to be by, for and about our local community. We didn’t need to invite big names or look to other cities for talent. It also needed to be affordable. Too many writing and publishing events are priced so high that average writers can’t afford to … Read more…

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Random Encounters

You can’t ever be sure if making the wrong turn actually will become the right turn. Today over lunch I needed to run by the post office to mail something to my colleague Dan, and then swing by Target for a few items I needed before the weekend. As I pulled out of my driveway, I turned in the wrong direction for the post office, and being unable to make a left turn easily at the intersection, I decided to run to Target first, even though I planned to get frozen items. I was planning to pick up a prescription at Target but that fact completely left my brain until I pulled into the parking lot at the other Target. Going with the flow, I just shopped and picked up what I needed, and headed on to the post office. Making a quick detour for some coffee at Starbucks, I laughed with the woman at the drive-thru window after I realized I had … Read more…

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WordCamp ATX… that’s a wrap!

After many months of planning, hours of conversations, dozens of emails and private blog (p2) posts, lots of small tasks, hard work, and a pint here and there, WordCamp ATX 2014 is finally over.

html tattooIt’s a lot of fun and not a little effort to put on a WordCamp. When it’s a two and a half day event with over 400 attendees, 45 speakers, countless sponsors and a small army of volunteers, all organized by community volunteers in their spare time, it’s definitely not a project for the faint of heart.

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You know WordCamp has begun…

I’ve just had a fantastic day at WordCamp Austin Contributor Day, happy hour and the WordCamp Speaker/Sponsor Dinner. However, it’s 11pm and I still have NaNoWriMo to tackle and a presentation to practice. And a kitten to play with. Since I have to pick up the coffee for our volunteers at 6:15 am, my daily post consists of another cute cat photo. Here, Grendel and his big brother Merlin are becoming best friends. Enjoy.