Don’t worry, friends! I’m still alive! Well…at least I will be once I drink this cup of coffee.

Over the last two weeks, I have slept in four different states, traveled through seven, and even spent a little bit of time between states. Literally. I stopped at a gas station the other day (where I was excited to get it for $4.08…that’s sad) and on one side of the gas station was the “Welcome to Michigan” sign and on the other side of the gas station was the “Welcome to Indiana” sign. I’m really not sure where exactly I was!

Anyways, last week, I was in Wheaton, Illinois for the Write-to-Publish Conference at Wheaton College. Talk about information overload! But it was really, really good. I did learn a lot, and I got to meet some really cool people—including key editors from the Christian publishing world.

[I started writing about it last week while I was there—that was my last blog post, Information Overload—but obviously I didn’t quite make it in the blogosphere for the rest of the week. Sorry about that.]

The conference was helpful in the tips and tricks-of-the-trade, as well as encouraging through sound, biblical advice and motivation to continue on in the call of writing. (Because that’s mostly easier said than done.)

Not to mention the 17 books I brought home from the conference…don’t worry, I didn’t pay anywhere near full-price for all but two of them.

After the conference concluded on Saturday evening, I was able to spend some time with a really cool family. The Mungons let me crash at their house on Saturday and Sunday nights, giving me a bit of time to decompress as well as enjoy their company. They even saved me a bowl of ice cream…for which I was (and always am) incredibly grateful. 

My next big event on the calendar is the GARBC Conference in Dearborn, Mich. at the end of the month. I’ll be reporting on the Students Alive! program and the National Talents For Christ competition throughout the week. I might need to hibernate until then. 

So my conclusion, after the last two weeks?

God is good. I’m tired. God is good. Now go write. God is good. 

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