May 10, 2011

Action Snapshots of Storymakers and The Whitney Gala. Yeah, that's what we'll call them.

I borrowed my son's smaller camera for my trip, and through some misunderstanding, I wasn't using it properly. So next year I will bring my big camera, lug it around everywhere, and take great pics. But until then, put on your 3D glasses and enjoy!

The Table of Awesome that I was invited to sit at Friday morning. L-R Abel Keogh-The Third, Sara Crowe-literary agent, (outof pic) Dan Wells-I Am Not A Serial Killer, Howard Tayler, who drew my caricature while we were sitting there and I will post it later)-Schlock Mercenary, Don Carey-Bumpy Landings, Rob Wells-Variant, Bruce Eschler, TJ Bronley (who was just as giddy as I was), and Berin Stephens-Dragon War Relic.

Sarah M. Eden at book signing.

My friends, Daron Fraley (a Cody boy)-The Thorn, Abel Keogh (who helped me with The Inn)-The Third, and Tracy Hunter Abramson who is all kinds of awesome support-Smokescreen (and others).

Sue and Leah from our fun Cody group!

Sally, from CO, Norma and Carla from our Cody group!

Carla Parsons, who made me write fiction, then made me submit it. I'm doing the same to her, now.

Fun Speculative Fiction Panel. "What are some good settings for Spec fiction?" James: "Mazes?"

James Dashner, Robison Wells, Dave Wolverton/Farland, Julie Wright, and Howard Tayler

The LDSWBR ladies: Shanda, Mindy, and Sheila, and Melissa J. Cunningham. They all rock.

Me and the LDSWBR ladies. I got to help with their Whitney presentation a bit.

Finally got to meet the Gracious Rogue, David J. West, one of my first Twitter buddies.

Me and James Dashner. The Dash. Maze Runner. 13th Reality. That guy. He knows me now.

At the Whitney Awards Gala, I was happy to sit with Gale Sears, whose book, The Silence of God, was nominated.

My friend, Stephanie Black. I love her. She is so sweet. And she writes murder suspense. So, so sweet. Her book, Cold As Ice, won a Whitney!

The losers' cheesecake pity picture. L-R Susan Law Corpany, Janette Rallison, Sarah M. Eden, Tracy Hunter Abramson, James Dashner, J. Scott Savage

I loved this moment. Julie Wright, Cross My Heart, won for Romance.  Several years ago Rob came up with the idea for the Whitney's, and the first people he told, Dan Wells, Brandon Sanderson, Annette Lyon, and Julie, all won this year.

This may be my favorite picture. Annette Lyon, Band of Sisters, won for General Fiction. She's still weepy here. Weepy and happy. I was so happy for her, too.

Robison Wells, Variant, and Dan Wells, the Serial Killer Trilogy, and their happy agent, Sara Crowe. Dan won Best Novel of the Year, Mr. Monster (tied with Brandon Sanderson, Way of Kings). His acceptance began with, "What is wrong with you people?"

Josi Kilpack took over from Robison Wells this year and did a fabulous job. Yay, Josi!

Me and my humble host, Marion Jensen. I'm not the only one who takes wrong turns in Salt Lake City. He was awesome.

Between my camera and people trying to be cute we tried this picture 4 times. This is the best one, hand and all. Rob's wife Erin is so sweet and we were both in purple. It required a picture.

Winners Dan Wells and Brandon Sanderson, and not winner, Howard Tayler. Aww, Howard. Brandon Sanderson is an inspiration to me and I chickened out introducing myself, even though I had a llama story all ready.

James Dashner was invited to also not be a winner in the winner picture. Aww, James.

Covenant Editors Kirk Shaw and Samantha Van Walraven, and Tracy, who is also a Covenant author.

I had a very good talk with Kirk after his class, and Samantha is my editor at Covenant. Samantha's advice to me for the evening: "Keep writing, and win one of these." Okee doke.

John Ferguson, who was one who kept trying to walk through my pictures. So I took one of him. Turned out pretty good, actually.

Shanda interviewing Howard for LDSWBR. She interviewed me, too. Very fun.

I loved finally meeting Kimberly Vanderhorst, who gave me wonderful feedback for Grace & Chocolate before I submitted it, and now it's coming out in 2012! She's just beautiful!

Annette, Sheila, Josi, Sarah, Lisa Mangum, Shanda, and Mindy. Lisa is the author of The Hourglass Door, The Golden Spiral, and (squeal) The Forgotten Locket, coming out at the end of this month. I love this series!

I'm hoping other attendees post better pics than these! But you get the idea. I'll be posting what I learned from the workshops all week. It was such an amazing conference. I was sad when it was over, but my head was so stuffed with new information I was ready to come home and put it to use. I honestly can't wait until I qualify to be part of this amazing group of people who make up LDStorymakers. I've already made so many friends.

Thanks to all who make it happen!


T.J. said...

Great pictures. Wish I could've gone to the Whitneys! Your camera was having some fun all on its own, wasn't it?

Kimberly said...

Though it was far too brief, I so enjoyed meeting you. You're as sweet and sincere in person as you are online. Loveliness incarnate!

Can't wait to be cheering for you at the Whitneys - SOON!

Jaime Theler said...

So fun!!

Sheila said...

I love your pictures! Can I use some of them? It was nice being able to get to hang out with you. Your time is coming for a Whitney. I can't wait to read your book(s).

Don said...

Very fun pictures. I've got some uploading now, and somehow you managed to be in a lot of them.

Great to see you, and hope to do it again sooner than next spring!

Krista said...

TJ, I was so frustrated I almost didn't take any more. Glad I did.

Kym, thank you! I was so glad you were at the Whitneys because I hardly got to see you at the conference.

Jaime, you and Crystal did an incredible job. Thank you so much!

Haha, Sheila, yes you can use some if you want! Thanks! :)

Don, definitely! And your pics turned out great! How was I in so many of them? Very fun!

Shallee said...

These are some great pictures! New follower here, and a Storymakers attendee as well! The conference really was amazing. Congrats on the book coming out next year.

Christy said...

Such fun photos and what a great conference! It was good to see you and I felt so bad to interrupt you when you were speaking with Marion! I hope to be able to get to know you better!

Taffy said...

Great pics! Reading your post I realized I didn't take a single picture! Glad some of you did!

Kate said...

So jealous--but glad you had fun and learned lots!

David J. West said...

Glad we could finally hang out a little in person.

Shanda said...

Great pics, Krista, and as always it was wonderful hanging with you in person. Thanks for sitting next to me in Dan's class. So glad I didn't end up jumping into your lap during the scary movie clips. :)

I'm stealing that pic of you and Erin, since you didn't make it into my purple ladies pic after the gala.

Also, thank you for your bit of inspiration that helped us finalize our Whitney presentation. Couldn't have done it without you!

Melanie Jacobson said...

Sam is my editor too! Does that make us related somehow? Anyway, I'm so glad you posted these. I've only seen snapshots here and there. I went to the conference but not the Whitneys this year. I don't know why. I think it's because the last two years, I sat at tables with strangers and chewed my way silently through a slightly awkward dinner. These photos kinda help me feel like I made it there after all.

Stephanie Black said...

Love the pictures! And thank you so much for the kind words. It was so fun to meet you!

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