Earlier this month, I went to the Life, the Universe, and Everything Symposium here in Provo. As the site says, LTUE is comprised of panels, workshops, presentations and papers on writing, art, literature, media, science and other aspects of speculative fiction.
Here are some of the highlights:
-Meeting my editor in person for the first time. It wasn’t planned, she just found me in the hallway somehow and introduced herself. She also had an ARC of What is Hidden on hand and I got to hold it for the first time. -Meeting and chatting with many authors, including Heather Ostler, Jennifer Wardell, and lots of aspiring authors. -Hearing Jessica Day George call Iko from Cinder a cross between the Nurse from Romeo and Juliet and R2-D2. -Basically every panel with Brandon Sanderson. The Rules of Writing Magic was particularly good. -A great panel on writing marital arts and fight scenes -Lots of great advice on different aspects of writing including humor, romance, naming, and wrapping things up.
It was my first year going, and I’m excited to go again next year. I was exhausted by the end, which is the sign of a conference well spent.