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Monday, September 21, 2009

ACFW Afterglow

ACFW=American Christian Fiction Writers. I went to their national conference in Denver last weekend.

The best way to describe conference for me a reunion with hundreds of my closest family members, to put faces with people I have come to know and love via email.

I may post several times about conference - different aspects of the experience - but for now I'll share high points and low points.

The low points jumped on me when I crossed the two-building length one more time to get to lunch--to discover the meal was a buffet and I had to stand in line. I started crying. I went to conference sans cane and sans pain pills and overall did well. But I'd had it by lunch that day.

As for high points, I laughed and smiled my way through the booksigning. No, I didn't have an out-the-door line like Debbie Macomber (I sat a table near her). But I did have a lot more than the "possibly none" every writer fears at occasions like this.

The laughter?

My roommate and good friend Connie Peters brought four of my books to sign. I wrote something different in each one. For my mystery, I was trying to write Enjoy the murder and mayhem.

I was talking while I was signing and my subconscious took over. I actually wrote Enjoy your murder and mayhem.

Susan Davis, who shared the table with me, told Connie,"Well, it's your book. You bought it."

Renewed laughter.

There is more to the story, about a purple pen (thanks to Rene Gutheridge).

Tears of happiness when a friend from Echostar took a bus from downtown Denver to the Tech Center to come to the signing. Waving at you, Gregory!

Later I'll tell you what I learned.


Jan Parrish said...

It was great seeing you again. Blessings, Jan

Susan Page Davis said...

Darlene, I had so much fun being with you at conference. You had more people come to you at the book signing than I did, so I just horned in on YOUR friends. Thanks for putting up with me.

Ruthie said...

Nice to read your blog and I'm enjoying your comments on Facebook. :)
Have a great Fall.

Becky said...

Hi Darlene
We read and posted a review of your book on our ezine
Please tell us what you think,
Becky and Jean.

Darlene Franklin said...

Yes, Ruthie, great to hear from you on Facebook! It brings us close once again. And thanks for the review, Becky.

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Anonymous said...


Is the pink back ground part of the afterglow? I love it, it's very cheery.

Hugs and Blessings,

Darlene Franklin said...

No, the pink is part of the blog to start with. :) Glad you like it.