Monday, April 27, 2009
Wow. Before I say anything else, I just want to say thanks to the many Dashner Duders who came to the writers conference this past weekend. Simply put, you blew me away. T-shirts (Donna and Debbie). Dashnog buttons (LexiconLuvr). Iron-ons (Graham Chops). Just amazing. Here are some pictures:
(If you're new here, the Duders have been creating a language they call Dashnog based on the confirmation words you have to type in to leave a comment.) I am one lucky author.
I've been debating ever since I got home how to blog about this past conference. My studly man friend, J. Scott Savage, was in charge, and he pulled it off spectacularly. Great facilities at the Marriott. Awesome guests, awesome classes, awesome food, awesome everything. And over ONE HUNDRED more attendees than last year. Can you say "word of mouth?"
The thing is, I don't really know what to say or who to mention. I don't dare risk leaving anyone out. And if you weren't there, you just wouldn't appreciate the awesomeness of it all. But for two very full days I had the time of my life, and I just want everyone involved to know how thankful I am. So, thank you. Very much. Like, way much. Like, really, really, really ababunda much.
A special shout out to Dean Lorey, our keynote speaker and author of the NIGHTMARE ACADEMY series from Harper Collins and an accomplished screenwriter/ producer in Hollywood. I ended up lucky enough to be your official escort buddy liaison person guy, and I enjoyed every minute of it. You've inspired me to give screenwriting a shot.
The best part of all was meeting old friends and new, as well as people who used to be fans but are now friends. Whattup. Let us hear from you in the comments.
To cap it all off, I was shocked and honored to win the Whitney Award for 2008 Best Youth Fiction (THE 13TH REALITY). To everyone who voted, thank you very much. My only regret was that I gave the single stupidest acceptance speech in history because I genuinely didn't expect to win and hadn't prepared. At all. I didn't even thank my wife! Idiot. (Me, not my wife.)
Sweetie? Love of my life? Most glorious woman mine eyes have ever beheld? The goddess who helped me get to where I am? Thank you.
And thanks to everyone responsible for creating and attending a conference I'll never forget. And I'm sorry I didn't mention more names. I just can't risk leaving so many good people out!
Posted by James Dashner at 9:19 AM