Post by Jenny
A couple of weeks ago, I knocked on my neighbor’s door and asked if I could buy some of her landscape rocks to use for a writer’s conference project. She did not close the door in my face but kindly suggested I take what I need. (We both knew she wouldn’t miss them. The previous homeowner was overly zealous with the cobblestones.)
Over the next few days, I poked around her yard, rejecting and selecting, no doubt earning a reputation as the neighborhood’s crazy rock lady. I gathered about 50 rocks, and, because they were dirty from lazing around on the ground as any self-respecting rock will do, I washed them in my kitchen sink. I took them to the home of one of my NCW partners in crime, and we began stamping them with inspirational messages.
A few days later, I gathered 50 more rocks. I washed them. This time, April came to my house, and we stamped the second batch.
Even after that, we needed more rocks. Again, I gathered and washed. My hands, which were already dry from weather and the seasonal war on germs, began to snag soft fabrics the way I imagine shark skin might. The words I stamped on the rocks grew shorter. In fact, if I could have found a way to make a single letter inspirational, I would have.
But, corny as it is, the one phrase I wish I would have thought to stamp is “writers rock.” Because we do! Whether multi-published or just beginning to get words down on a page, we’re creative, imaginative, friendly, fun people. I had a great time talking with many of the writers who attended the 7th annual NCW conference last weekend.
I’ve lost momentum in my writing, and the conference gave me a much-needed kick in the pants. As I get moving again, I’m not sure whether I’ll be sticking to my usual route or heading for the road less traveled. But I don’t think that matters right now, as long as I keep going forward.
If you were at the conference, I hope you had a great experience and want to come back. If you weren’t able to attend, well, maybe next year.
And to everyone who took a rock home: Thank you! I did not want to haul those things out of there.
If you attended the conference, please share your thoughts!