I think I overdid it yesterday. Today I dont’ feel like doing anything. I have a paper to write that’s due in a week and a half and I need to be working on my portfolio, but today I am just sleepy and tired all over. I’m on my second Dr. Pepper so maybe that will chirk me up a bit.,
I did have one notable experience at the conference that I haven’t written about yet. One of the writers is the marketing director for University Press of Mississippi, the local scholarly press. I dealt with him a great deal when I was dong book reviews for various publications and brought his press some good publicity in various venues, but I never met him in person.
WEll, at a reception THursday night, I was waiting for a break in the conversation he was in so I could introduce myself. Instead, he finished his conversation, turned to me, and said, “You’re Julie Whitehead, aren’t you?”. He went on to say how glad me was to finally meet me, then as one of the other symposium writers was walking by, he grabbed him by the arm, called his name, and said, “This is Julie WHitehead, a really fine writer from Brandon. Julie, this is” etc.
I was floored. WE talked a bit about my writing I had done, with the conversation digressing to how pitiful the freelance/news market was nowadays. He said some of the nicest things to me–how I had really worked my way up in my career and how glad he was to see me doing more writing by signing up for he MFA program. It was really a nice moment in the entire week.