Each year that I have had the opportunity to attend the Life, the Universe, and Everything symposium, I’ve had a wonderful time making new contacts, reconnecting with the Utah writing and art community, and participating on panels. This year was amazing. Participating on panels and helping up-and-coming writers find resources and contacts has allowed me to grow so much over the years, and I love the atmosphere of learning and camaraderie that is always present there. Thank you to the LTUE organizers for having me back again this year, and for all of your hard work behind the scenes to make everything run smoothly.
As I love to do after conferences, here is a shout-out to many of the amazing authors, artists, and friends I had the pleasure of associating with other the weekend:
Angie Lofthouse, Caryn Larrynaga, Ben Ireland, Candace J. Thomace, Kelly and John Olsen, Julie and Jay Barnson (and Rowan, and Brenna), Ben Keeley, Joe Vasicek, Daniel Friend, Kevin and Acacia Haws, Trevor and Destry Downs-Robertson, Scott Tarbet, Jodi Milner, Colton Goodrich, Collin Jensen, Scott Parkin, Howard and Sandra Taylor, Beth Meacham, Nathan Shumate, Lehua Parker, Andrea Pearson, Nihon Joe, Julie Frost, Holli Anderson, James Wymore, Nathan Croft, Jason King, Travis Dunn, Craig Nybo, Cody Langille and the UHWA, the League of Utah Writers, the Leading Edge Magazine, Immortal Works, Futurehouse Publishing, Xchyler Publishing, Fiction Vortex, and so many more!
Thank you all for an amazing weekend! If I get into graduate school in faraway places in the fall, I may not attend this convention for a few years, so this has been a bittersweet experience this time around. I have truly grown so much and found a sense of community with nerdy people like myself by attending and participating at this conference year after year.
To all my readers, friends and associates, do good, and keep writing!
To see all my photos from LTUE 2017, check out my album here on Facebook: bit.ly/2l0TKYk.
I can’t believe LTUE 2017 is less than two weeks away! Here is my schedule for this round. I’m honored and excited to participate again. Keep writing, and I’ll see you there!
February 16-18 at the Marriott Hotel & Conference Center in Provo
- 11:00-11:50 AM: Natural Disasters (Birch)
What makes natural disasters so devastating? How do we mitigate these effects? After a disaster, how do people and civilizations recover? This panel seeks to explain the answers using historical events.
Daniel Friend, James Ganiere (M), Beth Meacham, Sarah E. Seeley
- 12:00-12:50 PM: How to Make a Species: Adaptation and Evolution (Cedar)
This panel will seek to explain how a species (real or fictitious) might come to be through the science of evolution and adaptation.
Derick William Dalton, Helge Moulding (M), Scott R. Parkin, Howard Tayler, Sarah E. Seeley
- 3:00-3:50 PM: Geology…in Space! Or, How to Make a Planet (Aspen)
Using the theories of astronomy and geology to explain how a planet is formed, as well as planetary characteristics that might support life.
Daniel Friend (M), Colton Goodrich, Sarah E. Seeley, Collin Jensen
- 6:00 – 6:50 PM: Book Signing (2 hours)
(Zion, Bryce, Arches, Timpanogos)
*I’ll be in the vendors room at the Immortal Works table all three days!
My first LTUE behind the booth selling books was two years ago. I had an amazing experience again this year. I feel like I’ve grown so much since I first started out, and it’s been wonderful to speak on panels and make so many friends.
I wanted to keep this year’s thoughts short and sweet. To the many authors, writers, and readers whom I’ve come to know, may the coming years be bright and wonderful for all of you. You’ve all helped and enriched my experience as an author in so many ways, and I hope to have the courage to nurture others in the future as they begin their writing journeys as well.
Here are just a few I wanted to mention by name whom I met or reconnected with this year:
Dave Butler, Sara Butler, Jason King, Holli Lloyd Anderson, David West, David Brian Doering, C. David Belt, Kelly and John Olsen, Scott Taylor, J Scott Savage, Jay Barnson, Julie Barnson, Julie Frost, Deren Hansen, Adrienne Monson, Daniel Friend, Daniel Braithwaite, Craig Nybo, Robert J Defendi, Ben Ireland, Danielle Parker, Candace Thomas, UHWA people, the Fiction Vortex people, Joe Vasicek, Benjamin Keeley, Nathan Shumate, Andrea Pearson, Steven Peck, Michaelbrent Collings, and many, many more.
To all who organized, attended, and contributed, take care, get some rest, and enjoy the holiday!
(To see more pictures from this event, check out my album LTUE 2016 on Facebook).
Here is my panel and event schedule for LTUE (Life, The Universe, And Everything) writing symposium coming up next week. To learn more about LTUE, and why it is so awesome you should come join us for panels, book signing, and networking with local authors, visit www.LTUE.net or check out the Facebook page for the latest updates.
Thursday, February 11
- 2:00-3:00 PM: The Spread of Disease (Cedar)
Johnathan Marson (Moderator), Charlie Pulsipher, Sarah E. Seeley, Holli Anderson
- 5:00-6:00 PM: Applied Biotechnology (Timpanogos)
Wayne Hanewicz (Moderator), Tyler Jolley, Sarah E. Seeley
Friday, February 12
- 8:00-10:00 PM: Evening Mass Book Signing (Zion, Bryce, Arches, all three roomes opened up in one)
Saturday, February 13
- 1:00-2:00 PM: John Williams: The Power of Film Score (Timpanogos)
Renee Collins, Joe Monson, Craig Nybo, Sarah E. Seeley
- 6:00-7:00 PM: Steampunk: Don’t Break Your World (Cedar)
J Scott Savage, Sarah E. Seeley, Dan Willis, Paul Genesse
**I will be selling books all three days! Look for me in the dealers’ room with S. A. Butler and Deren Hensen. I will also possibly be helping a little at the Utah HWA booth when things aren’t too crazy.
See you there!
(To see other events I’ll be appearing at this year, check out my Events tab.)