My Latest Addiction...

Medic! Medic! We need 20 cc's of Antenolol and a shot of Heparin Stat!  (Okay, so maybe I have been watching a little too much House) 

If you know me, you know that I have a HUGE crush on Hugh Laurie, aka Dr. House. Even my hubby supports it cuz heh, I've put up with his obsessions with Agent Scully for years. *glares at her because she's a redhead infringing on my territory*

I have a very addictive personality. When I dive into something, I go
head first and don't come up for air until I'm ready to pass out. (Which
is great for writing, bad for real life)

My Latest addiction? SCBWI. Saving California Based Working Immigrants. I'M KIDDING!!! It stands for Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators.

This last August, I went to LA with my writer BFF, and uber talented author, Leigh Fallon. Her book, Carrier of the Mark was released by Harperteen this Oct. You can find her site here. *waves* Hi Leigh! Anyway, I loved the fast-paced buzz of chatting with agents and other authors. The classes were so motivating and the people I connected with were top notch.

I have officially decided that writers are the FRIENDLIEST people on the planet--second only to rock climbers. I left with an all around feeling of unity... that we're in this together, supporting each other's future careers. (Blah, blah, blah... kumbaya)

From the left: Josephine Angelini (Starcrossed), Bree Despain (The Dark Divine), Brodi Ashton (Everneath), Lindsey Leavitt (Sean Griswold), Lani Woodland (Instrinsical), Leigh Fallon (Carrier of the Mark) Me, Alexandra Monir (Timeless), and Gretchen McNeil (Possess)

But more recently, I just got back from a SCBWI revision retreat featuring the amazzzzingly talented editor, Emma Dryden. We met in the backwoods at a secluded cabin in Idaho with 16 other writers. Sounds like the beginning of a horror film, right? No one died, thank goodness. Or maybe that was a bad thing? Considering we're all writers looking for fresh material.

As much as I loved the fast-paced big conference in LA, I highly recommend going to a smaller, chapter retreat. You get to meet writers in your area and connect with them on a more personal level. Not only did I receive amazing feedback on my novel, but I connected with people I know I'll be friends with for life.

So why am I an addict? As great as Facebook, Twitter, Skype, and Email is for connecting with awesome authors, there's nothing like meeting with someone face to face. *gasp* <----I know, people still do that. 

SCBWI is just one way you can get out there and network with other authors. There's something about meeting with people in "real life" that creates lasting relationships. 

What about you? What's your addiction? Have you done the retreat circuit? And do you prefer the big conferences or the smaller ones? 

'Til later-



  1. I'm dying to go to an SCBWI conference! The smaller retreat sounds so fun. I'm glad you got to go. :)
    And, WOW, holy flexiblity! WooHoo!

  2. Morgan your post made me so happy to read. In just over a week, I will get to spend an entire weekend with 10 other indie authors like me. I'm super excited about the trip but have been stressing a little about the money I will spend going. Your post made me realize just how important the trip is and that it's well worth the cost :)

  3. Awwww... thanks for your thoughts, guys! Woot!

    Tiff: SO. WORTH. IT. Don't think twice about the money--SO worth the cost! ;)

  4. Fantastic photo of you, Leigh and the gang there in LA!
    And I'm so jealous of your writers' retreat - sounds like an amazing experience!!

  5. How fun, you met all those writers in LA! I think the best part about going to conferences and retreats are the peeps you meet there!

  6. Cortney: *winks*

    And Anni! Sooooo great to "hear" from you! We've got to get you out here one of these days! Not *too* far, eh?

  7. I'm addicted to collecting potatoes that look like faces of politicians. I know, really cool, right? (OK. That's not really all that true. They look like Smurfs).

  8. Oh, Morgan, I love you and your amazingness! Your voice is priceless. I've been one of the happy ones to meet you in person (I'm totally bragging now). You're wonderful! Can't wait to play on Tuesday. Yes, writers are the most friendly and lovable peeps in the world. I'm glad to be around them, even if its just through online stuff. But it is pretty darn awesome to actually meet em. Love the post. You're getting lots of comments. That's awesome.

  9. That would be so incredible to meet everyone in person Morgan! Yep, writers are the coolest :) :) :)

    (The other side of the world is not too far lol. Makes mental note to start saving! )

  10. Holy ballerina! You weren't joking. LOL. Very cool.

    Great post.