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Realm Makers & Beyond!

Posted by on August 7, 2017

Saying farewell to Realm Makers 2017!

Hey you guys!

How is your summer going?

Well, mine will be over with in eight days. I’m trying not to hyperventilate, so we won’t talk about that.

If you’ve followed me via Instagram or Twitter, you’ll know that my family and I have just returned from an epic adventure. Two weeks worth of sight-seeing and driving forever in Ms. Hedwig through epic landscapes consisting of deserts and mountains and monsoons. And the kids did amazing. So did Ms. Hedwig.

First, Realm Makers. If you are a writer/wanting to write and love all things speculative fiction, then this conference is for you. This year was amazing and I can’t wait to apply everything that I’ve learned. And I got to meet Mary Weber! And James L. Rubart, Ted Dekker, and Robert Liparulo. Not to mention connecting with fellow authors and lovers of books.

These guys are such troopers!

Why is this important? Because it helps propel me forward in my writing journey and getting book three to you all as soon as I can. Plus all the good advice on writing and life. There is so much I’d love to highlight, but it would take too long today. Watch for future spotlight posts on creative endeavors and some of the awesome folks I met. Unfortunately, I didn’t take pictures like I should have. I was just so in the moment, I forgot. Oops! Now I’m kicking myself because I can’t share any with you. So you’ll have to scour social media with the hashtag #realmmakers2017. You’ll find a bunch. 🙂

But Realm Makers was only part of the trip. My family and I visited the Hoover Dam, the Grand Canyon, Meteor Crater, Roswell’s UFO Museum, Carlsbad Cavern, the kids got to dip their toes in Lake Tahoe, and we got to meet up with friends we hadn’t seen in 17 years! And we celebrated 15 years of marriage! If you want to see pictures of our adventures out west, visit my Instagram profile. There were just too many awesome pics (of landscapes and not of people. 😛 ) to be able to share here.

Pictures cannot capture the epicness!

Well, that brings us today. The kids are registered for school, school supplies have been bought, can’t say the same about the clothes, but we are as prepared as we can be for this next season in our lives.

I take that back. I’m not prepared at all. 😮

But I will be making strides in the next couple of days.

I’m about halfway through reading and marking up book three. I hope to have a title for you all soon! And there is another Ladies of Spec Facebook party in the works! End of Summer Book Bash! Join us for some bookish fun, special guests, and giveaways.

That’s all I have time for. Off to make dinner and finish unpacking. Hoping to dig into book three tonight. 🙂

Now that summer is drawing to a close, what are you most looking forward to this fall?

2 Responses to Realm Makers & Beyond!

  1. Kessie

    Goodness, what an epic journey you guys have been on! You’ll be processing it for months. It’s always good to shake up your routine and see new things. Good luck as school and work set in!

    • J.L. Mbewe

      Thank you! And yes, I have a feeling I will be processing for months. I thought I could do some on the long, drive home, but my brain was so fried. Ha! Here’s hoping for a productive fall! And best wishes on your writing! I need to stop by and see what you’ve been up to lately. 🙂

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