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Archive for July, 2015

GLAWS Writers Conference

Wow, did we have a good time at our first writers conference! Orion flew to San Francisco to join Kyros (and see his new house), then drove down to Los Angeles for GLAWS, the Greater Los Angeles Writers Society Conference. Panels were mixed for us. Some were on things we already knew. Others had us furiously taking notes. One had us write from a prompt, then read it out loud. We both enjoyed that one, since we write stories from prompts every week. (Some of them are the short stories we’ve posted here on the blog.) The speakers at lunch-time were interesting and we made some new contacts. The only problem arose on Saturday and Sunday, when the air conditioning went out. It was in the 90s all weekend and the windows were painted shut! We all suffered together.

All in all, it was a very interesting experience. We’ll probably do GLAWS again next year. With us living in two different states, it’s hard to coordinate our schedules to attend one.

Hello Boston!

Hey everyone. Kyros here. I’m in Boston for the next week doing research for book 2, Running to the Past. Orion and I figured that since neither of us had ever been to Boston before, one of us should visit and find out a little more about the city. Especially since James and Diana are going to be spending some time here in book 2.

I’m staying in an AirBnB in the South Boston neighborhood (Go Southie!). This is a great neighborhood and the people I’ve met have all been really friendly. I had lunch at a local restaurant/bar and casually mentioned to the waitress that I was doing research for a book about some people from Southie. As soon as I finished eating she dragged me over to a table of local women who were having lunch, introduced me and told me to sit down. I learned more in that one afternoon about the neighborhood, the people, and the culture of that area than I have in the rest of my trip combined. Yay for fortuitous connections! I’ve got lots of notes. Can’t wait to put them into the book.