Tuesday, May 14, 2013

The best group of losers

I've been at the LDStorymaker's conference this week. It's always super fun because I get to see so many writing friends and because people at Storymaker's actually think I'm cool. (My children refuse to believe this fact, but it's true.)
Here I am with Angela Morrison and international bestseller, Anne Perry. She was the keynote. Pretty much everything she said sounded amazing because she can quote Shakespeare, Dante, and speaks with a British accent. Memorizing large passages of classic literature is probably beyond my abilities, but I may start working on a British accent.

Every year at Storymakers, the Whitney Awards are given out. This year I was presenting the romance award with Sarah Eden. We were supposed to come up with a cute way to introduce the contestants. The problem with that was that Sarah and I spent two days joking around about all the bad and completely inappropriate ways we could present the award, so what we really did was come up with our introduction while we were getting dressed for the event. I'll put it in a future blog: Ways to tell you might be addicted to romance novels.

Every year, the funnest part of the Whitneys, (at least for me) is the after dinner drowning-your-sorrow-in-cheesecake because you didn't win pictures that Julie Wright, James Dashner, and I started years ago.

I didn't even get nominated for a Whitney this year. (The one book I had out in 2012 was disqualified because it was a rewrite of an earlier book.) So I figured that made me a double loser and I was completely qualified to crash the loser photos this year.

Here I am with the lovely Julie Wright, Melanie Jacobson, and Krista Jensen.Julie does despondent so well.


And here's the bitter group photo with awesome writers: Kelly Oram,  Tanya Parker Mills, Julie Wright, Melanie Jacobson, Krista Jensen, Theresa Sneed, Gregg Luke, Marsha Ward, and Annette Lyon.

Every time I look at Gregg I laugh. He's got the concept down.

Even though I love the loser photos, it wasn't my favorite moment this year. Julie Donaldson won the romance category for her book Edenbrooke (and best novel by a new author), which was especially  neat for me because she was one of the ladies in a week-long class I taught at BYU a few years ago. When she accepted her award she thanked me. I seriously nearly cried. I was so touched. It was way better than winning a Whitney.


8 comments:

Tiana Smith said...

I agree, the picture of Greg was the best :)

Eliza said...

Let's hear it for the lovely losers! Live to write another day!

Janette Rallison said...

Tiana, next year I've got to get a picture of myself doing a Gregg Luke.

Eliza, yep. I couldn't ask for better company.

Jessie Clark said...

I'm just jealous you get to hang out with such a fun group. And I loved Edenbrooke!

Janette Rallison said...

We are a fun bunch, if I do say so myself.(And I often say so myself.)

You're smart to love Edenbrooke!

OPS 571 Final Exam said...

This is very useful post for me and it helps me a lot. Thank you so much for this and have a great time... by OPS 571 Final Exam material provider

midi haytham said...

شركة تنظيف موكيت بالرياض
شركة تنظيف منازل بالرياض
شركة تنظيف واجهات زجاج بالرياض
شركة تنظيف مجالس بالرياض
ترميم البيت
شركة شفط بيارات بالرياض
شركة تنظيف بيوت الشعر بالرياض
شركة تنظيف بالرياض

عزل الاسطح
شركة تنظيف بيارات بالرياض
‪افضل شركة رش مبيدات بالرياض
افضل شركة مكافحة حشرات بالرياض
شركة تنظيف مساجد بالرياض
شركة تنظيف قصور بالرياض
شركات صيانة خزانات المياه
افضل شركة نقل اثاث بالرياض

Metamorfosis said...

Pelatihan SDM is a network marketing and training information or training an employee who has worked with many consulting firms and training institutions.
pendidikan dan pelatihan sdm, pelatihan akuntansi, sales marketing, manajemen bisnis, administrasi kantor, lembaga training motivasi, pelatihan sumber daya manusia, training manajemen, training sdm, informasi training, pusat pelatihan, pelatihan rumah sakit, training provider jakarta, training jakarta, training consultant jakarta, training center,