#HNS2013: Thursday’s Children

Welcome to the Thursday’s Children Blog Hop, where writers come together to share whatever inspires them throughout their writing journey. I’d like to thank our lovely hosts, Rhiann and Kristina, for inviting me to participate. Thank you! Make sure to check out the other bloggers via this Link List: http://www.linkytools.com/wordpress_list.aspx?id=197142&type=basic. We’d love for you to join us!

If you read my March 13th post, Fangirling in Florida, you’ll know how excited I’ve been about attending the HNS (Historical Novel Society) conference. Well, lemme tell ya…


I met the most incredible and talented people. Some I knew from Twitter, others I met for the first time, and their kindness can’t be lauded enough. Seriously. My little demons called Doubt and Insecurity—who whispered “Interloper” in my head during the flight to St. Pete—were stomped out quite effectively that first night.

The panels were diverse and jam-packed with information. I wish I could’ve sat in on all of them. If you missed the conference, or want to listen to all the panels like I do, the audio tapes are available for purchase here.

I’ll never forget meeting Diana Gabaldon, or seeing Gillian Bagwell dressed as Lady Rivers, complete with 18th Century wig and voice. EPIC.

The Renaissance Vinoy is absolutely beautiful. Built in 1925 and restored in 1992, it exudes both glamour and comfort with equal grace. I can’t wait to go back. If you ever have a chance to visit, it’s worth it.

I wish I had pictures, but apparently I’m camera illiterate as well as computer. If you follow the #HNS2013 hashtag on Twitter though, plenty of people have pics on their blogs.  I managed to take two of the hotel on my phone that look halfway decent. They’re from the veranda looking out on the bay and courtyard.


Inspiration surrounded me during this conference. I have fantastic new friends, new ideas, and renewed energy. I also have validation I’m on the “write” path. If you can get to a conference, do it. It’s easy enough to start the writing journey, but it’s damn hard to stay there. Meeting other writers keeps you writing. And we need to keep writing. Our souls demand it.

As do our stories.

Happy writing!

17 Responses to “#HNS2013: Thursday’s Children

  • That sounds wonderful Kate. A writer’s conference must be really inspiring. I’d love to do one. So glad you came away enthused. 🙂

    • It truly was fabulous! Thanks, Elaine 🙂

  • So glad you had a lovely time! I suspect I’ll have to wait a few years before circumstances allow me to attend a conference, but meanwhile I can live vicariously, right?

    • Absolutely. I do it all the time. *smooshes*

  • How lovely to hear you got out to a conference! I haven’t been to that one, but it sounds just up my alley. You should try coming to the SCBWI annual conferences (upcoming one in LA in Aug). Yes, true, it’s so important to meet other writers.

    • I’ll have to check that one out for next year!! Thanks, Stacey 🙂

  • I love conferences and this sounds like a great one.

    I had to laugh at the interloper feeling, though. That’s exactly the way I feel on my way or sometimes when I’m walking to my hotel room on the first day. Weird, you’d think that reaction would go away after awhile.

    • Surprisingly, mine did. But it’s due wholly to the people I met! 🙂

  • Conferences are SO good for the writerly soul. Now, if only I could find (a) a conference in Hawaii and (2) money to attend it, I would be all set! PS: Diana Gabaldon is my CPs absolute favorite writer and she totally fangirled in an embarrassing way when she met her. Sounds like you had an awesome time!

    • Lol! I had to restrain myself 🙂 I’m jealous that you live in Hawaii!!

  • So so jealous!

    • Aww. There’s always #HNS2015!!

  • That sounds like so much fun! I’m glad you had such a great time.

  • So jealous! But I’m really happy you had a great and inspiring time 🙂

    • I did, thanks 🙂 It was so crazy though, I didn’t take ANY notes. Too wound up. But the audio recordings are on sale now and the panels were great 🙂

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