Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Realm Makers 2018 Overview + Announcement! (Laurie)

I just got home from Realm Makers 2018 on Sunday night, and it was amazing! For those of you who aren't familiar with it, Realm Makers is a writing conference specifically for Christian writers of fantasy and science fiction, but through the community they've built online and in person it feels just as much like a family reunion as a conference :) I've hardly begun to process what I learned, so I thought instead I'd recap with some pictures!

I had the opportunity to connect with so many friends new and old, writers who are just beginning and authors who have won prestigious awards (can you spot fellow Lands Uncharted blogger KaLyn in one of these photos?). And I love them all!!

A fun dinner on the first night!

Hanging out with author H.L. Burke and her pineapple :)
Lovely ladies from my local writing group!

One of the highlights of Realm Makers every year is the awards banquet, where attendees are encouraged to wear costumes from their favorite fandoms. I found a cool dress at Goodwill and went as a sorceress, but as you can tell, some people's ensembles are much more elaborate!

This amazing lady made her own wings!
Selfie with my dear friend and fellow Love2ReadLove2Write author Deanna Fugett!
My fabulous roomies!

Two years ago, I attended Realm Makers and pitched Common to several agents and publishers. It was unbelievably exciting and humbling to see my own book at the bookstore this year and get to participate in a giant book signing!


I also got just a few books signed while I was there... Don't worry, I already owned all but three of them :)

They were heavy to carry around, but so worth it!

It's good to be home, but I miss all my writer friends already! What have been some of the highlights of your summer?

Now, are you wondering about our announcement?? We've decided to cut back a bit on our blogging schedule to free up more time for our writing! Plus, we have a new Instagram account and will be making pretty graphics for it! (Find us here.) But we'll all still be here, continuing to provide the content we hope you've enjoyed during Lands Uncharted's two and a half years of existence :) Starting next week, we'll be posting every Tuesday, alternating between talking about the Writer's Life and What We're Reading, Top 3s every Saturday (you knew we wouldn't cut back on that, right?), and special guests on some Thursdays and Fridays. Thanks for continuing to follow us, we so appreciate you all!

See you next time!


  1. I had a great time with you, Laurie!

    1. I had a great time with you, too, Katie! I'm so glad you reached out about being roommates :)

  2. It was fun singing with you!

    1. That was so much fun - you're a fabulous singer!

  3. Such a great time at RM. Glad we got to catch up in person! Looking forward to next year!

  4. One of these days I will make it to RM! Sounds like a great experience!

    1. It really was a great experience, I hope you're able to make it someday, Jemma! Thanks for commenting!


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