Sorry I didn't post last week. I really try to do the whole once-a-week-blog tradition, but last week I was just too tired. Don't worry, Dan still got to play game night with Julie and Reo. I just put my head down on the kitchen table in a state of pseudo-sleep. Why was I so tired? I had spent the day presenting at the Nebo Young Writers Conference at Springville High. Although it was exhausting, it was one of the best events I've ever attended.
For one thing, the authors were treated like royalty. We had our own lunch table with our own ten-foot sandwich. People were always around to give us water (an important thing when you are presenting). But the best part were the students (who came from all around the valley and were anywhere from elementary to high school aged) . These were some of the brightest, most inquisitive students I've ever encountered, and speaking with each one of them was a joy.
From this picture you might not think the experience was a joy:
As in most pictures, in this one my eyebrows have a mind of their own and I look more than a little insane. Luckily I am used to this look. Lest I violate some sort of copyright law, I should mention that this photo appeared in the Salt Lake Tribune, photographer Scott Sommerdorf. Thanks, Scott Sommerdorf! I don't blame you for my maniacal look in this picture.
Thanks to all those who made this event a great time!