Saturday, July 26, 2008


Summer Writing Conference Fun kicks off tomorrow. Meted out between one rolling suitcase and a messenger bag, the things I will be carrying are apprehension, excitement, a box from Chuao, years of family support, and tireless encouragement from my husband. I will also have a copy of "The Things They Carried," several TV shows courtesy of iTunes, photographs of my husband and our Louie, and our team name O'Neill. I've remembered to pack snacks, a water bottle, plenty of running clothes, and the belief that other writers are coming for the same reasons I have, which include the desire to improve. Through their stories, through conversations, over dinner tables, I hope to learn a little of what they are carrying.

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