Monday, April 2, 2012

Writers Rock!

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!

13 comments:

Charmaine Clancy said...

The rocks sound like a lovely idea, and your neighbor is very obliging.
Wagging Tales

Both Sides of the Dream said...

Ha ha ha: love it! How creative!

Linda Osmundson said...

My rock is inspirational - "Go write it!" With seven articles to finish by April 20th, the rock also keeps me on pace!

Dean K Miller said...

I took two of them and have set them on my desk. Yes...writers do rock. These were a really neat additional to the conference setting and a fun momento to take home.

Thanks Jenny and April!

Patricia Stoltey said...

The truth is, you and April rock! And yes, I brought a rock home too. I enjoyed the conference so much that I'd love to do it again next weekend...and the weekend after...

Jenny said...

Thanks, everyone, for your comments. Pat, you're going to have to run that one by Kerrie...

Name: Luana Krause said...

Jenny: Great post. Yes, writers do ROCK! Thanks for the inspiration. I didn't get to the conference this year.

Michelle Mach said...

I *loved* the rocks! So creative!

I had to use one of our cobblestones for a photo prop awhile back. I definitely was getting weird looks from neighbors as I was picking up individual stones, studying them, and putting them back in my quest for the "perfect" rock.

Jenny said...

Thanks, Luana!

Michelle, I'm glad to know I'm not the only crazy rock lady :-)

Jackie said...

What a great idea!

April Moore said...

Writers Rock!! Why didn't we think of that?!

Kerrie said...

I thought the rocks were so creative and that April and Jenny did an amazing job on them.

Pat, I would love to do a conference every weekend--not a problem. (just be sure to book me a room at a mental hospital because that is where I would eventually end up.)

Whole Foods Living said...

What a fun project and keepsake for the conference! Thanks for stopping by my blog! ~ Angela, Whole Foods Living, http://www.wholefoodsliving.blogspot.com/

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