From Conference to Coffee (On the Beach)

Written by Ryan R. Campbell

Ryan R. Campbell is an International Book Awards finalist, the founder of the Writescast Network, and the co-founder of Kill Your Darlings Candle Company.

Posted on May 19, 2022

Filed under On Writing | Personal

It’s been a whirlwind couple of weeks. While I worked on preparing When the Stars Conspire for another round of beta reads and sketched the initial shape of Not A Cult, I Promise, I also spoke at my first in-person writing-related event after two years of virtual speaking engagements.

Oh, and I spent some time on the beach for the first time in just as long (if not longer, honestly).

Lakefly Writers Recap

After originally having been slated to speak at the 2020 iteration of Lakefly Writers Conference—which would go on to be canceled in 2020 and 2021 as a result of the pandemic—I was invited to present at the 2022 installment of this fantastic event in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Here are some photos from my presentation on the Five Fun Floaties of Scene Structure and from around the conference in general.

Rolling Around Rincón

Okay, so we only rolled around Rincón if you count the rental car, but the point is this—my wife and I were able to go on our first vacation since February 2019 in recent weeks as well. This was our second trip together to Puerto Rico, though my wife has been there a number of other times for school and subsequently to visit friends.

And yes, I know I mentioned coffee on the beach in the post title, but I didn’t happen to snap any pictures of me drinking coffee on our balcony overlooking the beach. You’ll just have to take my word for it. Also, the cat? His name is Tuxedo, and he’s the resident lounger-in-chief at the Tamboo Hotel in Rincón. Truly a celebrity.

Okay, Well, Back to Work

I’m really relieved and grateful to have had the opportunity to speak to the writing community as well as go on vacation again. We’re already looking forward to our next trip, which we’re hoping will be to Spain later this year.

But, in the meantime, it’s back to work. I’ve got manuscripts to write and revise, and there’s the ol’ day job to check in for as well.

Share Your Experience

Until we connect again, tell me about a recent trip of yours in the comments (or, if you haven’t taken a trip in a moment), tell me where you want to go next!

And want to have me speak at your event for readers or writers? Contact me here.


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