Monday, April 27, 2009

Kudos to Robison Wells, Kerry Blair, and all of the LDStorymaker Authors

What a wonderful weekend! Two days of instruction from published and enthusiastic authors was a building and fulfilling experience. I entered, Fairy Dust, my current pre-novel in the LDStorymaker’s first chapter contest and won second place in the sci-fi /fantasy division. Having your work validated by published authors is also building and fulfilling.

I was able to get to know Aimee Morgan, the ANWA president, and Valerie Ipson better, as we drove to Provo and back together. I was proud of fellow ANWA members, Marsha Ward, Joyce DiPastena, and Sarah Eden—they did excellent jobs in presenting their knowledge to the masses of hopeful authors in attendance. And I felt especially honored to be present when Kerry Blair received the Lifetime Achievement Award for her contributions to the writing world and the LDS fiction market. She is an inspiration to all who know her—and is a beautiful person who makes instant friends of everyone she meets.

So, needless to say, I’m anxious to put into action all of the things I learned, and to make full use of my prize. What prize, you ask? As a second place winner, I received a “Get out of the Slush Pile Free” card that is good at Deseret Book, Covenant, or Cedar Fort. I also received a pack of pens, a steno pad, The Believer by Stephanie Black, and Plot and Structure by James Scott Bell—all very good prizes and I’m eager to make use of them all, but as you can imagine, it’s the “Get out of the Slush Pile Free” card that I’m especially excited to use.

A hearty congratulations goes to all of the category winners of the Whitney--my heartfelt appreciation to all of the authors who received nominations and even those of you who worked hard, got your novel published, but didn’t get nominated--for sticking it out, for braving the storm, and for listening to your heart and following your dream. You are all inspirations to those of us who are still wondering if our dreams will come true.

I was sad to hear that Robison Wells was stepping down as Whitney Awards President. Congratulations to him for his new college degree--MBA, and my good wishes to him. He was one of the first authors to inspire my writing style—I should have gone up and introduced myself, but I was just as happy to see him there and take his picture from across the room. After all, I’m too old to be a screaming, swooning fan.

This is Robison Wells.

I wasn't afraid to ask Kerry Blair for a picture. From the left, Aimee Morgan, Tina Scott, Kerry Blair, Valerie Ipson.

Me with my award.

Me, Marsha Ward, Valerie Ipson.


Valerie Ipson said...

I second everything you just posted! Awesome weekend!!!!!

Rachel said...

It looks like you guys had a lot of fun!

Rebecca Talley said...

Congrats on winning in the First Chapter Contest--woo hoo!! I was very excited when I heard your name.

Fantastic conference!

Monique said...

I was so happy when they called your name!

Marsha Ward said...

Thanks for posting the photo of you, Valerie, and me, Tina. May I use it?

Marsha Ward

Tina Scott, the writing artist said...

Thanks so much to everyone for leaving comments! It's like getting letters from home--I get excited with every one I receive. Marsha, yes, of course you can use the picture. I have a few others as well If you want to choose. Just let me know and I'll email them to you seperately.

Valerie Ipson said...

Okay, so what am I doing in the photo with Kerry Blair...trying to bend myself and not look so much taller than the rest of you?! Sorry!

Naomi Buck said...

Hey Mom, you look really hot with that award - it is very becoming of you! Just wanted to let you know that I am really proud of you and am glad that you are getting the recognition that you deserve. I love you!