• Ordinary people. Extraordinary romance.

    Ordinary people. Extraordinary romance.

The 2011 edition of the Grand Rapids Region Writers Group “I’ve Always Wanted to Write a Book” Conference is over.  I had a wonderful time, met a lot of great writers, spread the word about our group and gave a fun, interactive workshop on plotting.  Jacqueline Carey gave a warm, funny and inspiring keynote speech, and literary agent Michelle Grajkowski took pitches from a lot of our authors and requested many proposals.

I continue to be impressed with the group of our writers and am so, so glad we had a chance to showcase them this weekend.

Thanks again to the conference committee.  You made the impossible happen.  No one should underestimate the power of these six women.

I look forward to working with them on the next conference.


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I promised the answer to the fledekan disease.  It’s what turns my aliens into zombies in my WIP “Oompa Loompa Zombies and the Star Princess.”  Easter eggs are a form of inside jokes.  I’ve seen them on TV series, and I’m having a lot of fun planting them in OLZSP.

<Drum roll>

Fledekan is Naked Elf spelled backward.

We now return you to your regularly scheduled program.

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Know what an Easter egg is?  Not a brightly colored spring treat.  No, it’s a secret, an inside joke.  The TV series, Lost, was great at hiding Easter eggs for its avid viewers to discover.  They’d show characters in the background that shouldn’t be there, tie everyone together in convoluted plot twists, and who could forget “The Numbers”?  They showed up everywhere in the first couple of seasons.

I’m having a ball hiding Easter eggs in my WIP, “Oompa Loompa Zombies and the Star Princess.”

Todays Easter egg is “fledekan”.  It’s a disease that turns the space military into zombie like creatures.  What is its hidden meaning?

I’ll have the answer for you tomorrow.

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