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Even More Travel Fun

I Had a Great Time at Superstars…

I had the pleasure to meet many talented writers as well as hang around with some old friends I have known for over three decades. Fun conversations and I learned all kinds of stuff.

But the travel problems I could have done without, especially that first trip in. (grin)

And I was expecting issues going back because in my experience when things go south, it goes all the way south. I was mostly right about that.

I was up and eating breakfast at 6 a.m. Mountain Time, which is 5 a.m. my normal time. About when I wind down normally, so my sleep schedule is twisted twelve full hours at the moment. I am staying up as late as I can manage tonight to get back to normal quickly.

But as I was dropped off at the airport in Colorado Springs and went to check my bag, I discovered that my flight from there to Denver to catch a flight to Portland was three hours delayed. I would miss my flight by hours. And all other flights from Denver to Portland were full.

An earlier flight from CS (that I was there early enough to catch) had one seat open and as the nice person was trying to book it for me, the guy beside me got it. Ah, well.

Then it became clear to the fine folks at the counter at 6:45 a.m. that me and the other guy were far from the only ones. Everyone on my extremely delayed flight needed to make connections. So they gave three of us a combined taxi voucher to get us to Denver airport.

A drive into the snow. Ah, that was fun, but our cab driver seemed to know what he was doing, thankfully.

So I got to my Portland flight gate just fine and then as I sat there, I watched the flight get delayed and then even more delayed. It wasn’t snowing that hard, but planes were having to be de-iced.

Finally got on the plane and curled up against a window and ready to take a nap when in my foggy state I came to realize the plane was parked out where it would get on the runway. Parked being the operative word. Other planes were going around us.

The pilot then came on and said we had mechanical troubles, but they were working to fix it.

In the middle of a snowstorm about a mile from the terminal. This did not bode well.

So I tried to sleep and about one hour later they got it fixed and the rest of the flight was thankfully normal and my bag even made it. Then I had the two-plus hour drive in the rain and dark to get home. So started in a car to the airport, then a taxi through the snow to Denver, then plane, then another car in rain.  Made it about three hours late.

Now I remember why I don’t travel much these days. (grin)

February  Regular Workshops are Starting In Two Days…

I sent out some codes tonight for those of you signed up through me for the workshops, but I have others to do and my eyes are threatening to just shut. So don’t panic I will be back with you tomorrow evening and get you the codes for the workshops starting on Tuesday and Wednesday.

If you have credits from the Kickstarter, you need to write me to sign up. You can also sign up through me and use Paypal just like normal. Or you can go directly to Teachable and sign up there for any workshop using either Paypal or a credit card.

To see all the courses, just hit the link at the top of the Teachable page that says “All Courses” and it will show you all the lectures and workshops available.

Class #13… Feb 6th … Think Like a Publisher
Class #14… Feb 6th … Endings
Class #15… Feb 6th … Point of View
Class #16… Feb 6th … Writing Mysteries
Class #17… Feb 6th … Speed
Class #18… Feb 6th … Teams in Fiction
Class #19… Feb 7th … Depth in Writing
Class #20… Feb 7th … How to Edit Your Own Work
Class #21… Feb 7th … Character Development
Class #22… Feb 7th … Writing Secondary Plot Lines
Class #23… Feb 7th … Advanced Depth
Class #24… Feb 7th … Novel Structure

Full information about any workshop and schedule is under Online Workshops on the sidebar.


  • David Cole

    It looks like a lot of other attendees didn’t manage to make it out of one airport or the other and had to get schlepped back to the hotel, so I’m glad that at least you made it back safely.

    • dwsmith

      Yeah, saw that. I think I was one of the lucky ones with that changing weather. Hope everyone made it by today.