Monday, April 27, 2009

Kathi Oram Peterson's Wow Weekend

Weekends are usually filled with grocery shopping, cleaning the house, and getting ready for Sunday, but last weekend was one of those wow weekends.

It started with attending the LDStorymakers conference, segued into an unexpected moment with a writer and movie producer, and ended with attending my nephew's homecoming. Plus along the way I was able to meet a fan of my book! Doesn't get much better than that.

(In this picture: me, Stacy Gooch-Anderson, Gayle Sears, Anne Bradshaw, Carole Thayne, Shirley Bahlmann, and C.S. Bezas.)

The LDStorymakers conference was terrific! In my writing life I've attended many conferences in far away cities: a mystery writers conference in Omaha and romance writers conferences in St. Louis, New York City, and Dallas. All were wonderful, and I learned more about my craft at each. This weekend I traveled to the far off land of Provo, Utah for the LDStorymaker's conference. Oh what fun! I met many of the wonderful people who reviewed my book, The Forgotten Warrior on my virtual blog tour. It was like meeting old friends, though I've never met them in person. I also rubbed shoulders with incredible authors. I hestitate to list them all for there were many, and I don't want to leave anyone out, but wow, I was more than a little star-struck.

(In this picture: Stacy Gooch-Anderson, me, and Michele Ashman Bell. We bunked together Friday night, stayed up too late gabbing and talking about what else...our next writing projects.)
Because I had to leave Saturday afternoon before the conference ended to travel to Idaho, I was asked to take the keynote speaker, Dean Lorey, to the airport. He is not only the author of the children's book trilogy Nightmare Academy, but also a screenwriter and producer of movies and T.V. shows such as Happy Gilmore, Arrested Development, and 'Til Death. When we left Provo it was raining--not cats and dogs--more like horses and cows. I've never seen so much water on the freeway, but Mr. Lorey put me at ease and we talked shop all the way to the airport.
(In this picture looking forward: Dean Lorey and James Dashner. Back of heads: Lu Ann Staheli and me.)

Once I arrived home, I repacked my bags and then--with my husband and daughter--headed to Rigby, Idaho. My nephew, Craig, was to report on his mission Sunday morning. He served an LDS mission in the Ukraine.
(In the picture from left to right: my two brothers, Bill and Steve; my husband, Bruce; and my nephew, Craig (as you can see he returned from his mission in one piece).)
Before Sunday's meeting I was able to get together with Melissa Sparks, a fan of The Forgotten Warrior, and sign her copy of my book. With her were her four beautiful children.

After church the family met at my brother's house for dinner.
(In this picture: my brother, Steve (Craig's dad); me; my sister, Jo; and my brother, Bill. The only sibling missing was my brother, Bud, who lives in Las Vegas.)

Sooo, yes it was a wow weekend. Have you ever had weekends that tumbled from one wonderful event into another? Post a comment and share your wow weekends with me.

6 comments:

  1. Kathy,

    It was wonderful to meet you in person. Your sweet spirit touched my heart--sincere thanks for your friendship and your words of encouragement. I love your blog! I'm going to add it to my link list.

    Best,

    Lori

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  2. I just read more of your blog--I didn't know you were from Rigby. I grew up in Swan Valley.

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  3. Thanks, Lori. It was great meeting you, too. And I wish you every success with your work. You're so talented. You're from Swan Valley--how cool is that! I love Swan Valley. My parents had a cabin at Palisades. I spent a great deal of time up there.

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  4. I bet it was so cool to chat with Dean! And thanks for giving him a ride to the airport in that weather.

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  5. I enjoyed talking with him and it made the drive not quite as scary as it would have been by myself. It was a great conference!

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  6. I loved meeting you, Kathi, and can't wait to read the next book!

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