Today is the start of the 2011 Muse Online Writers Conference. This fabulous, free, online writers conference is the reason that I'm writing fiction. I fell into fiction writing after the first Muse conference I attended. I joined a writing forum that required writing both fiction and poetry, and I got hooked on the fiction.
It's too late to sign up for this year, but do check the website and sign up for the 2012 conference when registration opens. I'm fried, and the conference hasn't even started. Why? Well, a several reasons.
This year, for the second year in a row, I'm forum mod – for five forums, and I'm also supposed to be helping out on transcripts. There are also a couple of other workshops I'd like to participate in – but my time is limited. I have a day job, and this looks to be a busy week for me. I know from past years that there are FAR more great workshops than I have hours in the day to work on them.
So what are some of my favorites? Last year I modded MM The Queen of English's workshop on grammar and punctuation. And guess what? It was my absolute favorite workshop. I learned so much. It started to clear away the clouds surrounding COMMA rules, rules I still go back and go over every time I have a comma question. I found there's a huge difference between “sort of” knowing the rules and really, really having them down pat.
Now I really, really have the rules for pronoun agreement down cold, because pronoun agreement was a pet peeve of my father's, and he pounded it into my head. Since he was focused on oral language, he didn't pound away at punctuation rules with quite the same fervor.
And how about verb tenses? I'm 65, and it's my impression that back when I was in school, English grammar got far more board time than it did for my kids – and I still don't remember learning much about English verb tenses. I learned about verb tenses in French – then I learned about them in English from my father – when I made the mistake of claiming that English didn't have a subjunctive.
So this is going to be a busy week. I'm planning to follow a couple of the world building workshops in addition to the five workshops I'm modding.
Too bad there are only 24 hours in every day. This is a week I wish I could put in an order for an extra helping of hours.