Off to the U.S.A.

This entry is part 2 of the series Sandy Cove 2003

THURSDAY OCTOBER 2nd, 2003 D-Day! The day finally arrived. After an incredible assortment of miracles, big and small, I was on my way to the Sandy Cove Christian Writers’ Conference at Chesapeake Bay, Maryland, in the United States of America.  read more

It Can’t Be Nearly Over?

This entry is part 15 of the series Florida 2010

March 7 Well I did of course . . . sleep in that is. Just as well I’d almost finished my packing before falling into bed.

I had just leaped out the bed when there was a furious banging on my door. Yvonne and Cheryl had come round to make sure I was up. I did another race through the bathroom and makeup regime and arrived at the dining room in time to snatch a quick breakfast before heading for my appointment.

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Busy, Busy, Busy!

This entry is part 14 of the series Florida 2010

March 6 Did I mention the alarm clock in my room didn’t work? And my cellphone is dead and can’t be recharged in America? Ahh well . . . the inevitable happened. I woke up as breakfast was starting at the main centre. Crazy rush. In and out the shower, clothes on, makeup on with one hand and shoes on with the other. Brush through my hair as I ran out the door, grabbing my folder and keys on the way. And yes, I made the end of breakfast.

FCWC pier8:30 – 10:45 During Lauren’s branding class I had to slip out twice for appointments, one with an agent and one with an editor. The editor wants to see one proposal, the agent wants to see both. I’m notching up plenty homework for when I get back to S.Africa as these all need to be reformatted to meet their requirements. read more

God Moments

This entry is part 13 of the series Florida 2010

FCWC treeMarch 5

8:30 After breakfast Yvonne and I went off to our continuing class, Branding Yourself for Maximum Impact. After ten minutes I had to leave for a 15-minute appointment with the acquisition editor from Revell/Baker (Vicki Crumpton).

We immediately clicked, and had a great time. She started with “I ‘m enthusiastic about this book. I have to warn you that in view of us taking Yvonne Ortega’s book as a second edition, there would be a year’s delay if we published Rise and Soar. Would this be a problem?” I assured her it would not! She then went on to say, “Well, I know your book and your writing, so let’s spend the rest of the time getting to know one another.” How awesome is that? read more

Hugs Galore

This entry is part 11 of the series Florida 2010
At supper time, I saw Cec Murphey, the amazing sponsor of my trip to the Florida conference, and his assistant, Twila Belk, at the next table and went to greet him.
Cec greeted me with a warm hug. How wonderful to meet him in person after all the years we’ve been in touch through writers’ groups on the Internet. (Left to right: Yvonne, Cec and myself.)

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The Rush Begins

This entry is part 12 of the series Florida 2010

March 4: The day started with a rush that never eased up.

8:30 The most amazing thing happened before the working day had even begun. I was sitting at breakfast with a group of other writers, when a tall slender lady came over to me. We all have name tags hanging around our necks. Most give the name and the state where the writer is from. Mine says “Shirley Corder – South Africa.”
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Lake Yale at Last

This entry is part 10 of the series Florida 2010

3rd March contd: 5 p.m. FCWC_More treesLake Yale Conference centre is beautiful. It reminds me of Resthaven, a conference centre we used to frequent in Rhodesia many years ago, with buildings scattered amongst the trees.

The meeting places are luxurious and well-equipped with a beautiful auditorium. The centre is on the border of a huge lake which I hope to get closer to today – although you have to watch out for the alligators!

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Orlando, Mt Dora, and on to Leesburg

This entry is part 9 of the series Florida 2010

1 March: The motel is comfortable. To buy lunch/supper I had to cross a busy 6-lane highway – 3 lanes in each direction. Not as easy as it sounds. I had to keep reminding myself that the cars were coming from the wrong direction. (We drive on the left in South Africa – America drives on the right.) I discovered the lead I had brought to connect my laptop to the American system fit the wall socket fine, but didn’t connect to my laptop. Panic! As my Skype connection with Rob in South Africa died, I felt so lonely and cut off from everyone.

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A Long Night

This entry is part 8 of the series Florida 2010

20:30 I’m finally on the plane waiting to take off for Atlanta.

Our youngest, David, and daughter-in-law Pam came over for lunch with the two kiddies. It was so wonderful to see Timmy (6) and Sammy (4) – who jumped into my arms, thrilled to see me. We had a fabulous afternoon sitting outside at the swimming pool.

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