I think it’s safe to say, this summer has not gone as anyone expected. I usually spend a lot of my summer growing as an author through writing conferences. This year, I was looking forward to the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference. While it is an amazing conference experience, it is also where I was to find out if Grasping Hope won the Selah Award in the Contemporary Women’s category. The conference was moved to November. I’m praying it gets to happen.
I also planned to attend other conferences. They were cancelled. I did, however, get to “attend” a couple virtual conferences. The Kentucky Christian Writers Conference did an amazing job presenting a virtual conference. I’ll be putting this conference on my list from now on. So, while they were different than I expected, I did get the chance to learn and grow as a writer this summer.
A new experience I’m enjoying is working with a speaking coach. I’ve directed a youth camp for years, as well as teaching Sunday school for various age groups. I’m not a stranger to creating and presenting lessons, but I want to move beyond the informal speaking I’m used to doing. Just as in my writing, I want to make sure I’m a strong speaker before I dive into the world of women’s conferences and other more formal speaking events. It’s a lot of homework, but I like it!
Working in a doctor’s office as a receptionist for my full time job, I found out I was essential during all this Covid stuff. I used to think essential was good. I’m rethinking that belief! Changes happen on a daily basis, and the work day leaves me drained when I finally get home each evening. That’s part of the reason I haven’t been as consistent as I usually am. I’m working to correct that. Please be patient with me.
I launched the third and final book in my Faith, Hope, and Love series in July. I’ve loved telling Katie’s story, but I’m excited about the next one I get to tell. If you haven’t checked out Relentless Love, you can find it here. https://www.amazon.com/Heather-Greer/dp/1649170076/
Whether I could actually have a vacation or not this summer, I’ve kept busy. What about you? What adventures have you had this summer?