OCC just celebrated â€œAwesome August!â€ Here are the details of the day from a Program Directorâ€™s POVâ€¦
We had Emma Holly visit us in the morning, and this five foot dynamo gave a workshop that made several women start fanning themselves from the sheer HOTNESS of the content. That was a first for me in my time as Program Director and I really enjoyed her tips on sexy writing. She gave us many tips to spice up our scenes and first piece of advice was to â€œget in touch with our kinks,â€ so Ladies and Gentlemenâ€¦GET BUSY!
Emma kept making me laugh because sheâ€™d get the steam level to rising, then sheâ€™d pause, glance at us, take a lo-o-o-ng sip of her waterâ€¦and pick up where she left off. Her comedic timing was dead-on funny. She gave two of her ARCs (advanced release copies) away as door prizes and I donâ€™t know who won them but I certainly hope that one of those people will loan their book to me when theyâ€™re done â€“ I donâ€™t know if I can wait until October 4th to find out who did what to who.
The Board of Directors changed tactics and strategies all dayâ€¦almost as fast as America West changed Susan Elizabeth Phillipsâ€™ flight schedule! (Herein, sheâ€™ll be referred to as SEP to save typing.) We started lunch thinking weâ€™d see SEP at about 12:30 and by the end of lunchtime, this Program Director was wondering if SEP would EVER get to California. We updated the membership over the next hour â€“ plane is delayed, plane left, etc â€“ until finally the plane arrived and I heaved a sigh of relief. It was the first time Iâ€™d ever been happy to have my phone ring in the middle of a meeting.
I spoke with SEP and she told me that â€œI didnâ€™t even need to introduce herâ€¦sheâ€™d have her notes in her hand when she stepped out of the car and sheâ€™d just run in and start talkingâ€ and darned if that isnâ€™t exactly what she didâ€¦another first for me in Programs. God she gave the best talk! Diane Pershing told me afterward that she rarely takes notes and SEP had her scribbling away.
We found out that Susan is a â€œset of the pantsâ€ writer, that she has a tremendous fear of the blank page and that it takes her about a year to write each book. She doesnâ€™t take a break in between books. She gave us tips on writing subplots, flashbacks, how to fix scenes and many, many more â€œmillion dollarâ€ tips.
If anyone missed getting a handout and would like one, just send a note to us on the Craft Loop or email me privately and Iâ€™ll forward it to you. Susan gave me more in 40 minutes of talking that I ever knew was possible. And she told me four times that we were the most organized group that sheâ€™d ever seen.
Thanks to everyone on the Board who zigged and zagged with each change to the schedule and to all the OCC members that stayed on site and waited for SEP so we could give her a tremendous welcome!
The last tidbit I wanted to add about Augustâ€¦.Susan Elizabeth Phillips told me that OCC members have the best collection of shoes that sheâ€™s ever seen. I thought that was pretty amusing and wanted to encourage you all to bring that fancy footwear to Conference next year so you could have a built in conversation opener .
So, August was awesome and I am on to planning the September meeting with Michele Scott and Leanne Banks. Micheleâ€™s talk is on â€œGetting Your Foot in the Doorâ€ and Leanne will be talking about â€œDeveloping the Relationship Between the Hero and Heroine.â€ I especially canâ€™t wait for the brainstorming session that Leanne is conducting later in the evening during the guest receptionâ€¦.I hope to see you all volunteering at the September meeting so you can be part of that.