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Monday, May 19, 2014

New Orleans, RT, and Filling the Creative Well

All the time, I am asked where I get the ideas for my stories. When I answer, "everywhere, everyday," I often get looks of disbelief.

But this truth was proven to me again and again while I was in New Orleans this past week for the Romantic Times Convention.

For the first two days -- when the convention events were minimal -- my friends and I were able to tour the city, eat the local food, see the sites, and absorb the culture. Bits and pieces, facts and folklore, had my brain spinning in overtime.

The number of "What ifs" and overheard pieces of conversation -- enough to fill a number of notebooks -- were all filed away in that drawer of my brain marked future story ideas.

Before leaving for the convention, I was both excited to have the chance to see a city I'd never been to and anxious for the work that was ahead of me. Events like this are for networking and seeing old friends, but they are also about learning from our mentors and from those with more experience than us. They are about early mornings and late nights, about burning the candle at both ends.

Often, I come home exhausted from conferences and conventions. I want nothing more than three days of recovery time to feel back to normal. But, not this year. (Okay, I did take a two hour nap in my recliner snuggled up to my much-missed dog.) This year, as I sit back down at my computer day one of my return, I feel rejuvenated. I have a plan. I have goals.

And....I have notebooks to fill.

Constance Phillips lives in Ohio with her husband, daughter, and four canine kids. Her son, now on his own, is planning a wedding, reconfirming that romance still lives and breathes. When not writing stories of finding and rediscovering love, Constance and her husband spend the hours planning a cross-country motorcycle trip for the not-so-distant future…if they can find a sidecar big enough for the pups.

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8 comments:

Susana Ellis said...

Words to type, for me, rather than notebooks to fill. But yeah, I came back with the same feelings. Got great ideas for a time travel series from authors at the Beau Monde tea. Just have to sit down and start doing it!

Savannah Rose said...

I've been lucky enough to visit New Orleans twice. It's a city that changes every time I visit. A beautiful city with wonderful history and mystery.

Kristina Knight said...

I had a ball following all the pictures, tweets and facebook status updates...sounds like New Orleans was a very successful conference for a LOT of people. Wish i could've been there.

Meradeth Houston said...

Sounds like a wonderful trip! I'm glad you found some great inspiration!

Constance Phillips said...

Susana, I'm glad you were able to find some inspiration too! Savannah, I agree. I loved the history of the French Quarter. Kristina, it was a great city and convention. Thanks, Meradeth.

Constance Phillips said...

Susana, I'm glad you were able to find some inspiration too! Savannah, I agree. I loved the history of the French Quarter. Kristina, it was a great city and convention. Thanks, Meradeth.

Shay Lacy said...

I think I was so overwhelmed by the week that I didn't consciously find stories. But everywhere I go, everything I do, is fodder for a story at some point. Congratulations on storing up for the future!

Constance Phillips said...

Thanks, Shay!