Monday, April 26, 2010

I love my writer's conference!

The past week has been a hectic one full of new friends, fun activities, great classes and major hustling. The annual LDStorymaker's conference was held in Provo on Friday and Saturday and it was bigger and better than ever. I can't remember exact numbers from last year, but it was around 260 attendees. This year it was 453--yes, you read that right, attendance nearly doubled this year (and it had gone up about a hundred last year).
Unfortunately, that meant that I never had a chance to find (never mind talk to) so many of the people I wanted to see, but I met a ton of new people who had never attended a writer's conference before, or had, at least, never attended this one.

Conferences always invigorate me and have me looking forward to the projects I've got lined up ahead of me, and this year was no exception. I spent several days preparing for the trip just getting things settled at home and baking a cake for the Author's Incognito party Friday night. Which is pictured below.
Turned out pretty cute, didn't it? I'd never done wood grain before, but it was easier than I expected. The entire thing is edible and all the decorations are made of fondant. The silver pearl dust was purchased here (and comes in lots of fun colors). I did this design because Cake Central is doing a Steam Punk cake contest this month and I wanted to try something that would at least marginally qualify. You can read the full set of directions here on my new cake blog.

At the conference we also got to see the finished music video that I spent a day filming last month. I was amazed, we seriously were there almost all day, yet the parts I was there for only took up about thirty seconds of the actual four-and-a-half-minute video. It was all in good fun though. I can't wait to see what they come up with for next year. They are doing a lyric contest for next year's video, so if you are a dab hand at writing lyrics (to something reasonably recent, and available on a Karaoke CD so they can dub different words to the music) you should totally submit something. I'm already mulling around some ideas. You can see this year's video below:


11 comments:

Shanda said...

It was great to see and talk with you at the conference, Heather. It went by way too quickly. That video was awesome! Such a fun way to start off the conference.

Shanda said...

BTW, I have a couple of pictures I want to send you but don't have your email address. You can reach me at ldswbr at gmail com. Thanks!

Charity said...

That video was awesome! And inspiring. Maybe next year I'll be eligible to attend! :)

Carolyn V. said...

The conference was so much fun! The video rocks. =)

Keith Fisher said...

The cake was wonderful. you are getting better and better at making them.

Heather Justesen said...

Thanks Shanda, I love those pics ad appreciate you taking a few minutes to interview me for your podcast! Thanks!

Charity, everyone is eligible to attend the Storymaker's conference, assuming you can scrounge the money and get out of work to come--which you totally should next year!

Thanks, Keith, I think so too. it's amazing what you can do with some practice and hundred of hours of studying videos online! lol

L.T. Elliot said...

Your cakes rock, Heather! And you even more so. =]

Kathi Oram Peterson said...

The conference was awesome. It was great seeing you. And you make terrific cakes. I'll never forget the James Dashner cake you made in January.

Tamara Hart Heiner said...

hey, you were quoted in Mormon Times! Isn't that cool???

elizabeth mueller said...

It was sooo fun seeing you there! I'm glad we had time to connect! I can't wait for next year! :)

elizabeth mueller said...

I LOVED this! It was so much fun watching it in Conference! I wonder who's going to win the lyric contests for next year! It'll be fuuuuun!!