A few weeks ago I drove with my family to Sydney, Australia, from our home in Canberra, to attend the Omega Writers Conference.
The 2019 conference was held in the Winbourne Edmund Rice Conference Centre at Mulgoa – located in the western outskirts of Sydney near the Blue Mountains. We drove the scenic route via country roads and avoided city traffic.
We were happy to arrive at Mulgoa on the Friday afternoon in torrential rain. Eastern Australia is currently in a severe drought, and the nearby Warragamba Dam (Sydney’s main water supply) needed all the rainwater flowing in from the catchment area.
I also arrived at conference thirsty, but not thirsty for physical water. I was thirsty for the emotional and spiritual refreshment that flows from gathering with like-minded writing friends who understand the twists and turns of our unique writing journeys.
I was thankful that Steve had accepted our invitation to keynote our Aussie conference. It was great to have an opportunity to sit down with Steve and discuss my writing and future directions.
Health issues and family responsibilities have culminated in my writing being a low priority for the last three years. I’ve learned to be content with this season of life.
My word for 2019 has been contentment in the context of 1 Timothy 6:6 (NIV) — But Godliness with contentment is great gain.
It’s okay for my Heartsong backlist to remain out-of-print for three years. It’s okay that I’ve taken extended breaks from writing and haven’t looked at my work-in-progress for many months. It’s okay to take a breath and jump off the ‘writing treadmill’ and prioritise my family and health and well-being.
The conference inspired my husband and son to consider the idea of writing and creating stories. My son is a big fan of Aussie author David Rawlings’ debut book, The Baggage Handler. He was excited to meet David and get his hardcover copy of the book signed. In contrast, my daughter was fascinated by what Steve shared regarding the business side of publishing. I was inspired to continue on my writing journey, with the support of my writing friends, and wait on His timing.
I’m currently assisting in the planning of the 2020 Omega Writers Conference in Kingscliff, NSW, with my writing friends Andrea Grigg and Raewyn Elsegood. We’re thrilled to have Susan May Warren booked in as our keynote speaker.
I volunteered to help organize the 2020 conference because I value the opportunity to connect with writers in my part of the world.
I’ll visit Koorong (our local Christian book store in Canberra) on Saturday when Aussie author friends Carolyn Miller and Jenny Glazebrook will be holding their book signing. I’ve continued to blog with Inspy Romance, despite only publishing one novella in the last three years, because I love blogging and value our online community of writers and readers.