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* CHUCK SAMBUCHINO – IN THE WRITERS CLUB CASINO *

Another wonderful experience from the Southeastern Writers Association Conference last week.

Let me start by making a little fun of myself. Last year at the SWA Conference I’m pretty sure I was ~scared out of my wits.~ The entire time I felt completely out of my depth and overwhelmed but at the same time inspired and determined any kicking, spitting mule you’d like to imagine.

I was also awkward as hell.

This year my awkwardness had dropped dramatically from their previous As Hell levels. Thanks to a great shift in attitude and the experience Model UN gave me, I’ve actually finally learned how to talk.

I realized I’d changed a bit when I found myself sitting next to Chuck Sambuchino, one of the biggest names there, the first night of the conference–and he was teaching me to play Poker.

I still can’t say I’d be able to win if I sat down at a Poker table now. No, I’m afraid I definitely would not have the confidence to engage in any alternate forms of the game. Cough. But I did pick the gist of it up and when I started making decisions we started winning. Of course, the stakes weren’t high. It was also fun watch Mr. Sambuchino dramatically slap down an immense bet of 50 cents.

My mad Poker skillz aren’t the only thing I picked up from him last week, however. Even though he had to leave the conference Wednesday morning, he taught four classes:  Screenwriting, Nonfiction, Business of the Business – Agent Focus, and Business of the Business – Editor Focus.

I have notes on all the classes, but I have a TON of screenwriting stuff. They’ll definitely fill a post or two in the future. I enjoyed the classes and liked Mr. Sambuchino’s teaching style. He’s laid back and very open to questions. He makes jokes and laughs at the business and himself. He also played the piano before class–medleys including Coldplay’s Speed of Sound and Nirvana’s Smells Like Teen Spirit.

I’m sorry. That’s awesome. As an eighteen-year-old, I find it simply epic. =)

I’d highly recommend Mr. Sambuchino as a class instructor–and the good news is he’s going to be teaching at the South Carolina Writer’s Workshop at Myrtle Beach in October! Hopefully his classroom will have a piano.

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HORROR, WEDDINGS, AND CROCHET :)

I went to the bookstore yesterday on a high from the conference. Never a good idea. Then again, I may singlehandedly save the industry at the rate I’m going.

I’m kidding. What I actually did was sit down with a HUMONGOUS stack of magazines. Like:

This.

This.

Except not that neat.

I looked over the entire back wall of a Books-A-Million and picked up anything that looked interesting to me. I picked up crochet magazines because I used to love to crochet. I picked up wedding magazines because I’ve had some pretty cool wedding stories in my life. I looked over film review magazines because that’s something I want to learn how to do. I looked at horror magazines because that’s a little like fantasy–but, as I decided, not much.

I flipped through to see which one took fictions and checked out a few other sections that I might like to write for. Then I picked a handful that seemed like the best winners for me (and my budget):

Writer’s Journal
Realms of Fantasy
Writer’s Digest
American Girl (which I’ve already discovered does not take fiction submissions)

I also picked up Otaku USA because I’m also running an anime review blog under a persona.

The final think I bought was The Waters and the Wild by Francesca Lia Block. Four things to say about that:

1. I want Jennifer Heuer to do my jacket cover.
2. The synopsis of this book grabbed me…and then I discovered it didn’t do justice to the first chapter.
3. That name is too pretty to be real. It’s either a pseudonym or the lady’s parents are overpassionate.
4.  $17 is too much for that tiny hardback. I only bought it on a binge.

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