Desert Nights is $0.99 through December, Baltimore Writer’s Conference

Well, hello all!

Desert Nights is #99cents through the end of December! So if you want to give the gift of indie lit this year, now’s a great time to grab it. You can get it for $0.99 for Kindle on Amazon or you can get it in various DRM-free formats on #Smashwords.

In other news, I went to the Baltimore Writer’s Conference last month, and had a fantastic time! The keynote speaker was M K Asante, a writer, filmmaker and spoken word phenom who I became familiar with a couple years ago when volunteering with a group called Free Minds Book Club. Free Minds works with adolescents who were placed in the federal prison system, giving them reading materials and conducting reading and writing groups and workshops to engage their minds. M K Asante is a rolemodel, someone who started out down the same path as a lot of these kids, but found writing and spoken word to be an avenue out, to somewhere better. Asante was a very engaging speaker, accessible, and seemed like an all-around good guy. If you have a minute, pick up his new book Buck: A Memoir. He read excerpts from it, and it’s going to be a great read.

I don’t go to events very often, though I know I should. Conferences, writer’s conferences especially, are rejuvenating. Just being around others who are interested in the same thing as you are, talking shop, sharing ideas, making new friends, and networking…it’s a blast. I definitely came home ready to write. I’m about 80 pages into a new book, and had sort of stalled out. I rekindled my writing fire after listening to the speakers and making new friends (yes, I made friends). I even came up with a couple new projects to work on (physics poetry, anyone??). If any writer is ever given the opportunity to speak at or participate in an event like this, take it. Writing is, at its core, a solitary act. It’s amazing what a little bit of connection can do for you.

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