My fab Utah trip part two and the famous guy

Janette Rallison and some wonderful, marvelous, incredibly talented writers.

After hanging out with Shannon Hale and her fab entourage, I went to BYU to teach at an annual writer’s workshop. And really, I don’t know when I’ve had so much fun. Writers are great to hang out with because they totally get me. Not only that, I can go on and on about the sins of misusing point of view or faulty motivation and people actually care about what I’m saying. They write it down. (As opposed to my husband and kids who try to block me out.)

Carol and Cherie, who were in charge of the conference were hilarious. I will never forget them dancing around Stephen Fraser in sunglasses to the song Secret Agent Man. And I’m sure Stephen won’t forget it either. Rick Walton and Will Terry ought to be comedians. I want copies of their presentations to cheer me up every time I get to down about this business. I won’t detail the entire staff–but they were all wonderful.

Also, it’s great to bounce ideas off of other writers. When I was critiquing my class’s manuscripts I think I tried to add romance subplots to all of them. So you’re writing sci-fi story about the end of the world? It could use a little romance. A coming of age, character driven novel, about a girl coming to terms with her mother’s abandonment? Add a neighbor boy. And some raccoons. Because raccoons are really cute and kids love them.

I think I gave the class all my best ideas.

We had lots of fun, and I hadn’t anticipated how hard it was going to be to say goodbye to my class. I miss them already, and I want to know how all of their stories turn out.

So Amy, Julie, Susan, Melinda, Laura, Lisa, Elizabeth, Mike, Darlene, Kaye, Kristi, Jared, and Erin, (am I forgetting anyone?) when you get published, I want to know!

Oh, and one more thing–I told my class that I had used Orlando Bloom’s name in a shameless attempt to get more hits on my blog. They didn’t approve of my methods. They suggested that instead of simply writing Orlando Bloom, Orlando Bloom, Orlando Bloom over and over again that I should write: Shirtless Orlando Bloom, Shirtless Orlando Bloom, Shirtless Orlando Bloom. (You can tell my class consisted of mainly women.)

So here it is ladies: Shirtless Orlando Bloom


  1. Lillian Syville
    June 28, 2008 at 5:04 pm

    Sounds like fun.

  2. Shirley Bahlmann
    June 28, 2008 at 5:53 pm

    Hey, I was at the BYU Children’s Conference last year! I loved the dancing part, too. Oorah!

  3. Shirley Bahlmann
    June 28, 2008 at 5:54 pm

    Oh, I forgot to tell you that people were saying good things about you on the Internet. I forget where, maybe it was even on Storymakers, or Authors Incognito. It really was positive feedback, even though they misspelled your name!

  4. Melinda
    June 28, 2008 at 8:37 pm


    We loved you, too. You were awesome. -Too bad you can’t come to our critique group. We could totally use your amazing brainstorming ability.

    Hi Shirley! I was in your group last year.

  5. megs
    June 29, 2008 at 6:08 pm

    You’re right. Pretty much everything gets a little boring without a touch of romantic interest. At least it is for me. There are some very renowned authors out there whom I could never be friends with because they kill any buds of romance or even kind thoughts toward the opposite sex. I’ll know you’ll never let me down!

  6. Jared
    June 30, 2008 at 9:30 am

    That’s hilarious. Shameful, but hilarious.
    Use the raccoons.


  7. Tamra Norton
    June 30, 2008 at 2:16 pm

    Can I request a shirtless George Clooney or Viggo Mortensen for your next blog? đŸ™‚

  8. Jenna Consolo
    June 30, 2008 at 4:19 pm

    Pretty good tactic!

  9. Asenath
    June 30, 2008 at 6:20 pm

    oh my goodness mother.

  10. Kristi Stevens
    July 1, 2008 at 11:22 am


    We miss you too. What an amazing conference. How are we going to continue writing without you. (Notice my tense. Maybe I should be an editor)

    You are the best. Not enough can be said about what an amazing mentor you are.

    Bravo on shirtless Orlando Bloom, there just aren’t enough shirtless men in the internet

  11. Heather B. Moore
    July 1, 2008 at 11:59 am

    So did it work? Do you have a ton more hits???

  12. Janette Rallison
    July 2, 2008 at 11:13 am

    I don’t have the same spike as I did the time I first mentioned Orlando, but overall hits are up. Perhaps this is just due to a bunch of people from the conference checking out my blog . . .or perhaps I should just make famous shirtless guys a regular feature of my blog . . .

  13. The Golfing Librarian
    July 3, 2008 at 8:23 am

    I’ll forward you a photo…wait, oh, you said “famous guys”. Never mind.

  14. ♥Merrianne♥
    July 11, 2008 at 6:30 pm

    AAAH YES…. ORLANDO BL♥♥M!!! đŸ™‚

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