Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Sixth Annual Jubilee Jambalaya Writers Conference

Most writers’ conferences are informative, and they’re usually good places to make contact with editors, agents, and other writers. But I don’t think there are many that can compete with the Jubilee Jambalaya Writers' Conference in Houma, Louisiana, when it comes to good old-fashioned fun. Picture great jambalaya for lunch, good music, and lots of friendly, pleasant people who love books and love talking about books.

This year, Steve and I were able to stay for the Saturday night shrimp, crab, and crawfish feed that Tina, one of the organizers, always puts on for the presenters. As the night wore on, F. Paul Wilson started strumming the guitar; a motley crew sang along. And then Tina--who's been battling cancer with a courage and grace that awes me--dragged out her wigs and charmed everyone into posing in them for pictures. Since I don’t have their permission, I’m not going to post the photos I took of some of the other authors. But this one of Steve looking like an aging hippy is just too good not to share.

I guess it's only fair that I suffer the same fate, so here’s you-know-who in a red wig.

What can I say? I love this conference!

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Blogger Charles Gramlich said...

Steve must love you very much to allow you to put that pic up on your blog. Man how he must love you. I mean really really really love you.

9:16 AM  
Blogger cs harris said...

Actually, Charles, he kinda reminded me of this other guy I know with a beard and long hair...

11:00 AM  
Blogger Steve Malley said...

Actually, my first thought was, "Charles got a BOB?!?!?!?!"

5:06 PM  
Blogger nolasteve said...

I really really really do. Also, I learned a long time ago (an advantage to being old) that it is foolish to take yourself too seriously. It is best to join the rest of the world when they laugh at you and enjoy the joke.

11:14 PM  
Blogger Sphinx Ink said...

At first I thought, "Hey, Charles managed to get to the conference after all!" Then on closer inspection...it's a REALLY different look for Steve. Maybe he could try working undercover in it. Research for the next thriller, maybe....

Thanks for the laugh!

12:06 PM  
Blogger Charles Gramlich said...

Well I have a feeling that either Steve or I should feel insulted. But I'm just not sure which. ;)

10:51 PM  

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