Realm Makers 2019

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during Mr. Batson’s continuing session | picture credit goes to Mary!

AGH SO REALM MAKERS HAPPENED. AND IT WAS AMAZING. I honestly don’t even know where to begin. I don’t know if the wonder that happened in those three days could be summed up in a post.

But I guess I’ll try. XD

Thursday I went to the pre-conference about writing series by Robert Liparulo which was SO interesting. I learned about the different types of series, the pros and cons of writing a series, how to plan a series, and how to market a series. It was all so informative and it really helped me, since I’m planning on publishing my first books as a trilogy! I also got to meet with some friends who also went to the pre-conference for lunch, which was SO FABULOUS.

After that, there was an opening welcome and keynote given by the RM faculty and Brent Weeks, which was hilarious and also very encouraging!

Friday was a whole whirlwind of sessions and electives and I loved ALL OF IT. I learned about writing my Christian worldview organically into my writing (Morgan Busse did this class and it was my absolute FAVORITE CLASS of the entire conference, she did SUCH a great job), I learned about writing fairytale retellings with C.J. Redwine (which gave me waaaay too many plot bunnies, if I’m being honest XD), and had a great time in Wayne Thomas Batson’s continuing sessions about balancing life and writing. It really convicted me and made me realize I need to be better about juggling everything.

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on our way back from a quick Starbucks break | picture credit goes to Christine!

I also got to hang out with some AWESOME friends! Seeing all of my friends from last year, and also some new faces was THE BEST. I wish I could’ve devoted all of my time to talking and hanging out with all of them, but I had to settle with sitting together during sessions and eating meals together. It was so magical, seeing everyone again. I LOVE YOU GUYS. <333

And then, of course, there was the big Awards Dinner, which is ALWAYS a blast! I must have taken a hundred (blurry, of course) pictures of everybody in their costumes. This was probably my favorite part of the entire conference, honestly. I couldn’t stop smiling the entire time, and when I got back to my hotel, my cheeks hurt.

For this year’s dinner, I decided to dress as a favorite cartoon character of mine…Dipper Pines from Gravity Falls! I was sure hardly anyone would know who I was (and I did get mistaken for a Camp Half Blood resident more than a few times XD), but I was pleasantly surprised by how many people came up to me and complimented me on my choice! I even had one of the waiters bringing food to the tables come up to me and ask me where Mabel was. XD

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from top to bottom // Mary as Steampunk Ariel | Tracey as Tris Prior | Christine as Kuzco | Josiah as Phoenix Wright | Savannah as Peggy Carter (though that photo does NOT do her gorgeous outfit justice)

Saturday was the big day. At least for me. XD I decided I wanted to pitch my novel Imprint to Linda Howard at Tyndale publishing this year and my appointment actually went really well! I did flounder a bit, struggling with what to say and feeling all of my nerves strain any sense from brain right out my ears…XD But Mrs. Howard was very nice and understanding, and after talking with here, I would really LOVE to work with her. She was so kind and told me all about Tyndale’s publishing process and she even asked for more chapters of my novel! I WAS ECSTATIC TO SAY THE LEAST.

Before said pitch took place, however, I was a ball of jittery nerves. I could barely eat anything and when I had to leave mid-class (Jill Williamson’s worldbuilding session, which I was a bit bummed to miss 😦 to get to my appointment, I thought I was going to pass out from my body shooting so much adrenaline into my veins. I could barely hold my pencil and when the time came I had to take several deep breaths to keep my heart from pounding out of my chest. I wasn’t hardly as nervous as my body would have me believe I was. But my body does betray me, often times during stressful situations. XD As it turned out, I had nothing to worry about and it went very well.

After another amazing session (Ronie Kendig’s class about capturing your reader’s attention, which was absolutely fascinating), and a wonderful closing keynote by Brent Weeks, I went out to Panera with my buds one last time. It was such a great time and I ALREADY MISS ALL OF YOU SO MUUUUUCH. Then we all went to the book festival together and I had to say my goodbyes. It was so SAD. Thank goodness for the internet, so we can all keep in touch!

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from top to bottom // Lisa | Skye | Christine

That last day of Realm Makers was one of the best days of 2019 for me. It was such an incredible time and Sunday morning, it felt like reality just came crashing back down on me. It felt so weird, that it was just…over. But I’ll never forget it. ^_^

Vacation wasn’t entirely over for me just yet though. Me and my family got to go a bit farther down Missouri to Branson, where we got to visit the College of the Ozarks (a college I’ve been considering attending, and now after visiting, I am SO AMAZED by and interested in) and stay at the Keeter Center, which is a hotel run by the students of the college! It was incredibly nice and I’ve never stayed in such a nice hotel. I really felt like a country hick, amazed by everything in the room. XD

After staying there for a few days (going to Silver Dollar City and the Butterfly Palace), we topped off our final day in Branson by going to see Samson live at the Sights and Sound Theater! IT WAS SO AMAZING GUYS. I CAN’T STOP THINKING ABOUT HOW AWESOME IT WAS. You should seriously consider going to a production there. The tickets aren’t the cheapest, but IT IS WORTH IT.

After all that craziness, we drove home. And now I’m back and just now getting over the exhaustion. XD It’s going to be tough going back to work and the drudgery of ‘normal’ life, but I think I might surprise myself. It’s always a good feeling getting home from an adventure. 🙂

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the gang at Panera | picture credit goes to Jenneth!

That was my experience at Realm Makers, very, very briefly summed up. I could go on and on about what went on that past weekend, but we would be here for ages. XD I miss all you Realmies dearly! I hope we get to see each other again soon! And those of you who didn’t attend this year…I WISH YOU COULD’VE BEEN THERE. It really was a magical time!

New Until Next Time!

12 thoughts on “Realm Makers 2019

  1. Awwww! THIS MAKES ME SO HAPPY. AND SAD. BECAUSE I MISS YOU. D’: But goodness gracious, IT WAS SO MUCH FUN!!!!

    I absolutely ADORED your Dipper Pines costume. I’m such a Gravity Falls nerd and was ecstatic when I saw you cosplayed as that. It was the best! Totally brilliant!

    I’m so sorry the nerves got to you so bad before you pitched. I did that last year. I literally made myself sick to my stomach I was so nervous. The nerves are REAL. But, giiirrrllll, you DID it! And it sounds like it went awesomely. I’M SO SO SO SO PROUD OF YOU!!! Taking that initiative is HUGE. You did amazing! *HUGS*

    The whole event really did go by waaaay too fast. But how fun you got to go on a little vacation afterwards. I’m sure that helped ease the sadness of RM being over. That’s awesome you and your family got to do that. Sounds like a blast!

    This was the best to read. Gave me a chance to relive it all over again! It was just soooo wonderful seeing you again! You are a GEM! Love ya, girl! ❤

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    1. Awwww, I’M GLAD IT MAKES YOU HAPPY. AND YES, IT’S SO SAD. I MISS YOU TOO. T_T It really was just EPIC.

      THANK YOU SO MUCH. It was really fun, and I wanted to go with something simple, but fun this year, so it worked out awesome! 😀

      Yeah…I’m kind of a worrywart. 😛 I was so worried I was going to pass out, I was so thankful I didn’t. XD AND I DIDN’T HAVE ANYTHING TO WORRY ABOUT. IT WAS FINE. It really did go great!! It was soooo awesome talking to Linda Howard! AGGGHHH THANK YOU. *HUGS BACK*

      Ugh I knooow. Yeah! It was a nice little add-on to an already epic vacation! 🙂 It did help a lot…even though I was still really sad for RM to be over… *tears* But me and my family had a ton of fun together!

      Aww, thanks!! Reliving things is the best way to remember them, right? I never want to forget my time there! It was SO AWESOME seeing you again! YOU ARE SUCH A SWEET PERSON. <333

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  2. Omigoodness I am kicking myself for not realizing who you were earlier. I would have given you a bear hug. It was so nice to meet you!!! You are so sweet, and your costume was awesome. I now need to binge Gravity Falls. I’m so glad your appointment went good!!!
    Really wish I had gotten to talk to you more. ❤

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    1. DON’T WORRY ABOUT IT!! It was so awesome seeing you in person!! Awww, you are too kind! And thanks! It’s like the best show ever. XD Thank you!! I was just glad I didn’t pass out, honestly. 😛 Same! Hopefully we’ll see each other again someday!! ❤

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  3. I love this post so muuuch!! *hugs it and YOU forever* Great pictures and I love hearing more about your thoughts and experiences! Aaahh that’s so awesome that your pitch appointment went well! (Though I’m sorry you were so stressed! *hugs*) I loved getting to see you again and as always wish we could have hung out more! Thanks for sharing and I’m so glad RM was magical again for you this year! ❤

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    1. YAY thank yooou!! *hugs right back* It was a lot of fun, writing the post and reliving everything all over again! AGH yes!! I’m really happy about that! (Haha, yeah…I’m still alive, and that’s what counts I guess…XD) It was so nice seeing you too! I knooow, me too! I wish I could have hung out with EVERYONE more. So little time… 😛 Glad you enjoyed it! It really was a wonderful experience, and I hope you had a fabulous time too! ❤

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  4. Thanks for the summary and pictures, Madeline! It brings on the RM’18 nostalgia. I miss being around other writers, learning much, buying books, and eating at Panera (even though they couldn’t get my name right).
    Realm Makers re-caps like this help me anticipate next year!

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    1. You’re very welcome!! Aww, I’m so sad you couldn’t come this year! But I’m glad the post brought back some good nostalgia! ^_^ (And that’s so funny Panera couldn’t get your name right XD)
      Hopefully you’ll be able to come next year! 😀

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