Cramming a Ton into One Weekend

What a whirlwind weekend. First, I have to say, I LOVE CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA!!! There’s something about that city that speaks to me. I have city lust, big time. Don’t know if I’ll ever live there, though one of my dreams is to own a pretty house near the water.

Tonya Kappes, fellow Goddess at The Naked Hero, and I were invited to give a workshop at the Lowcountry RWA chapter meeting. Any excuse to visit Charleston! We flew in Friday, did our workshop Saturday–followed by a book signing set up by the fantabulous Amy Fagley of the Lowcountry chapter. Shout out to Amy, Sharon, Sharon Marie, Tina–who’s not actually a Lowcountry member, but who is awesome!!–Florina, Nina, Dorothy, and the rest of you fun gals!

Tonya did a running blog about our adventure (which you can see here and here). Our workshop was on Stripping Down the Hero Archetypes. A totally interactive, mutli-learning modality experience which everyone LOVED (you can see snippets of the workshop videos here).

I wrote so much on the plane ride there and back that I want to take a plane trip every week just to up my word count.

Then, icing on the cake, Tonya, who used to own a bead company (sold it for beaucoup $$$$ so she could write… OMG!) taught me how to bead! Got home, took my daughter to the bead shop in a nearby city which was closed, headed to Hobby Lobby, which was also closed (they don’t care to do business on Sundays apparently), and ended up at Michael’s spending WAY TOO MUCH $$$ on beads.

BUT we each made our first bracelets yesterday and we’re hooked on beading. Or should I say toggled on beading? Strung on beading? Whatever. WE LOVE IT!

To top off the weekend, I finished the chapters of my cozy proposal! That is to say, I finished the first draft of said chapters. Still have to revise, but that’s okay. I love revisions. I can dig into revisions. The meat is there, and it’s all gravy now.

Icing on the cake was record numbers of people visiting and entering to win FREE BOOKS over at Books on the House (and the kids/teen site). This week, Brenda Novak, gearing up for her online auction which begins MAY 1st (to benefit diabetes research) is giving away totes of books and gift certificates for the auction. My son has the disease and I’m thrilled to help Brenda however I can. The Stiletto Gang has donated signed books, too!

All in all, it was a great weekend (minus the hour+ I spend unsubscribing from all these email lists I somehow managed to get on…no, for the last time, I DO NOT NEED VIAGRA, and I’m a writer and DO NOT WANT A CAREER CHANGE TO MEDICAL TRANSCRIBING!!!

Food for thought: How do we get ON these email lists in the first place? Are you a beader? Been to and love Charleston? Have great productivity on an airplane? Enjoy interactive workshops?

Let’s hear it!


12 replies
  1. Tonya Kappes
    Tonya Kappes says:

    FUN!! Misa you are too funny. Of course I bead~only when I have to. Having the company, beading was my LIFE and now writing is.
    I absolutely love love love Charleston. The sights are amazing, the people are my kind, the food is even better, BUT the company we held court with last weekend, LowCountry gals, were amazing and made our workshop even more enjoyable.
    You and your daughter made some cool designs!
    The Brenda Novack auction is such a great thing! I was on there last night and she has some really cool NEW items to bid on. A mentorship from her and her editor!!! Amazing!

  2. Dorothy McFalls
    Dorothy McFalls says:

    Yes! Both you and Tonya need to move to Charleston. We'd have too much fun.

    I'm looking forward to Brenda Novak's auction to support Diabetes Research. Shopping for a great cause!

  3. Sharon Marie
    Sharon Marie says:

    Hey Misa, happy to see you this morning on this cool blog. Having you and Tonya at the Lowcountry RWA was THE MOST FUN ever at a workshop. Do make it a yearly event. When I was a little girl I was a beader and loved it. Plus I ended up with something pretty to wear. I'm looking forward to the auction in support of Diabetes Research. I have to run catch a plane so I can write my next chapter.

  4. Tonya Kappes
    Tonya Kappes says:

    I definitely had the best news in a long time in Charleston! Two agent requests on top the ones I have makes me think Charleston and I have good MOJO!

  5. Susan McBride
    Susan McBride says:

    Misa, I've never been to Charleston, but am dying to go one of these days! So I am pea green with envy! Sounds like a fabulous weekend of stripping down heroes, writing, having a ball…and, girl, that bracelet is gorgeous! Thanks for sharing with us. 🙂


  6. Kathy
    Kathy says:

    I don't bead, I used to crochet, an dI was in Charleston, SC about a 100 years ago it seems. Actually it was 1976 and 1980 that I was there last. We were actice duty army heading to and from Germany. So at that rate I never actually had the chance to visit the city. My dream is to get in my car and drive until I want to stop for the night. I love to fly but being on my own time schedule and just seeing what was there woudl be great fun for me. I had grand plans for a road trip to Nationals, but they wre squashe dwhen our landlord decided we should move after 14 years here.So now I'm trying to find a place to live and decide if this is the sign to make a major break and change jobs and move to Fort Hood, TX or stay in rural East Texas that we've lived in for the past 20 years.

  7. Betty Ann
    Betty Ann says:

    You have excellent content on this blog.

    I just had to comment about this amazing complete bead book.

    I linked it here. This site has all kinds of beading resources.

    Enjoy everyone

  8. Marilyn Brant
    Marilyn Brant says:

    Oh, fun!! What a wonderful weekend you ladies must've had! Misa and Tonya, I've only done a little beading, but I loved it! The bracelets in the photo are beautiful. 😉

  9. Misa
    Misa says:

    Yes, beading and I are now frenemies. It's definitely love-hate until I get better at it. Can't figure out the knots on the stretchy cord!!

    But SC will always be lovers!!!

  10. Marilyn Meredith a.k.a. F. M. Meredith
    Marilyn Meredith a.k.a. F. M. Meredith says:

    I don't bead, but I'm sucker when it comes to buying darling bracelets and necklaces others have made. When I'm at craft fairs (selling my books) it doesn't help when I'm next to someone selling their beaded jewelry.

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