I had an amazing time at the conference. Although I didn't splurge on a room at the Langham Hotel, I was just across the road at the Travelodge so there was no travel time, and I had the delights of Melbourne on my doorstep.
On the Friday, I attended Margie Lawson's workshop, which included the EDITs system (my manuscript is now full of colour, highlighting different aspects) and powering up the emotions. I left the workshop feeling as if I'd learned so much new, amazing stuff that would inform my editing and my future writing.
Friday night was the 'One Enchanted Century' cocktail party, and inspired by Twilight, I went as a vamp with bat wings. (I love my wings, I think every girl should have a pair)
Of course, I wasn't the only vampire in the room: Nikki also looked very cool.
Kiki was wired for sound and took out a prize for her unique costume.
There was many gorgeous fairies at the party: it was as if 'wings' were the must-have accessory of the night.
A homage to Lizzie Gardiner's Gold Amex dress, was the Harlequin cover skirt:
And the Harlequin ladies themselves:
One of the highlights of the conference for me was meeting Kiki, my fabulous critique partner, in person.
The weekend was filled with workshops and fabulous conversation. It was lovely being able to put faces to names of the online friends I've made through the 50ks in 30 days challenge, and from the Romaus group. I came back from Melbourne with a request for a partial, and my head swimming with new writing craft information, and my veins coursing with writing mojo!
Bring on the Hot August nights - next year's Gold Coast conference.