Time to put out a Public Service Announcement for all you folks who follow any of the OYANers.

In a few weeks, June 17th - June 22nd, there’s going to be the One Year Adventure Novel Summer Workshop and Reunion. Also known as #OYANCon. The workshop will basically consist of:

  • Awesome. 
  • Surprises.
  • Generally silliness by Gabrielle’s Parents.
  • Awesome.
  • Meaningful lectures.
  • Critique groups in which we will all suppress the urge to faint at reading our work aloud.
  • Cosplay.
  • Awesome.
  • Fandom gatherings, including the Doctor Who Gathering.
  • Games.
  • Ridiculous acts of randomness caused by the general lack of sleep.
  • More awesome.
  • Music.
  • Hysterical laughter.
  • Too much clapping.
  • Crying.
  • Hugging.
  • Jumping up and down.
  • Screaming.
  • Teenagers sobbing in parking lots.
  • Teenagers sobbing on college campuses.
  • Heck, maybe even teenagers sobbing in Walmart. Anything could happen.
  • Jokes.
  • Quotes that we will write down, post, and reblog forever.
  • Lots of pictures.
  • More hugging.
  • More weeping.
  • JESUS.
  • Renewed fuel for writing.
  • Teenagers gearing up to save the world.
  • JESUS.
  • JESUS.
  • Friendships made.
  • Lives changed.
  • Stories born.

And when everybody gets home Tumblr is going to be flooded with posts talking about the above mentioned topics. They will most likely all be tagged with the tag #WORKSHOP WITHDRAWALS. 

Try not to panic. This is normal. Prepare yourself. This is going to be awesome.

I was just in the bathroom brushing my teeth and I practically was falling asleep while standing up and....

I was reminded of the time nearly a year ago now at last year’s OYAN Workshop when I was sitting on the couch in Gabrielle’s living room talking to Gabrielle, Carolyn, and Rachel, and one minute I was talking and was in the middle of a sentence as part of a very deep thought, and the next I had literally fallen asleep and they were waking me up telling me, “Lindsey? You might need to go to bed.” To my credit it was like 2 in the morning. But. It brings up the fact that after next week it will be the Week of No Sleep and Ridiculously Intensive Feels About Everything and I’m not entirely sure that I’m ready for that, as much as I’d love to be there right this very second. For once I’d like to go to Kansas and not have a full itinerary and just be able to see my friends, and breathe, and go to bed at normal hours, and basically what I’m saying is that I’d like to be with people but not have every second booked up. I’d like to experience what it would be like to spend life with these friends in person  without the rush of OYANCon even though the Workshop is seriously like the best most life-changing thing ever and it catapults my writing to higher levels each year. See what I’m saying? I think I want the best of both worlds.