My presentation was on tension and conflict in your writing. I actually built a story with five tension beats with the audience so we could discuss how to integrate internal and external conflict, how to keep your tension building rather than sagging, and how to breathe anticipation into your work. I got a lot of compliments on it, so I think it went well. I also called up someone from the audience and had them stand there while I demonstrated different punches and kicks and why most fight scenes in fiction weren't realistic and how to make them better. I think that was my favorite part.
But the best thing that happened besides meeting so many great people was this:
They had reserved parking for me! Isn't that cool? So fun.
Sunday I taught a Gospel Doctrine lesson about Learning by Study and Also by Faith which ended up being a really good discussion on what motivates us to learn and why we choose not to---do we feel too old, too dumb, too lazy? Do we learn out of interest or fear? It was a good lesson.
Monday was my Canada Day Celebration and Book Signing. We had families from Toronto and Cardston come, and people who just wanted to know more about Canada. I had such a great time and was glad my fellow author Jordan McCollum was there to share it with me.
As you can imagine I am thoroughly exhausted, but in a good way. I am so glad for the opportunities I have to share my books, my knowledge, and my culture, and thank you to everyone who supports me.
So, what have you been doing while I was gone?