It’s A Two-Conference October for Me!

If you’re in the mood to come hear me speak (and why wouldn’t you be?), you’ve got two (TWO!) opportunities this month, lucky you.

JRW Conference LogoI’ll be at the 15th annual James River Writers conference in Richmond, VA Oct 13 – 15, 2017 giving a two-hour Cash & Creativity: How Cleaning Up Your Finances Can Spark New Creative Success master class on Friday, and joining in on panels during the conference itself both Saturday and Sunday. Registration is still open, but you’d better act fast!

 

MidAtl-BannerTwo weeks later, I’ll be presenting a special three-hour, expanded version of Cash & Creativity as an intensive the day before SCBWI Mid-Atlantic’s annual conference in Dulles, Virginia. The intensives will be held Friday, October 27, and the conference itself is on Saturday, October 28.

I hope to see you at one or both of these events – let me know if you’re coming! And if you’d like to find out about future events as soon as they’re added to my calendar, sign up for my newsletter and I promise you’ll be first to hear.

 

 

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Cash & Creativity: Come Hear Me Speak!

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If you’re in the Washington, D.C. area, I’ll be presenting Cash & Creativity: How Cleaning Up Your Finances Can Spark New Creative Success at the January 9th, 2016 meeting of the Washington Romance Writers at the Hyatt Regency hotel in Bethesda, Maryland at 10:15 a.m. Come join us!

Cash & Creativity:
How Cleaning Up Your Finances Can Spark New Creative Success

If you wish you could earn more from your writing or you’ve been feeling stuck in creative quicksand, the problem might not be your writing, but how you deal with money. Uncertainty or fear about your finances—regardless of your net worth—can shut down your creativity in unexpected ways.

This one-hour workshop with author Angele McQuade will teach you strategies for uncovering the truth about your finances, tying up energy-draining financial loose ends, and learning simple, more effective ways to organize and manage your money. You’ll also learn similar strategies for tying up your creative loose ends, prioritizing your projects, and crafting a reimagined vision for your writing career. Be prepared to leave the workshop inspired to take enthusiastic, deliberate action toward both your creative and financial goals.

Angele McQuade is the author of two books about investing, including INVESTMENT CLUBS FOR DUMMIES, and has been a monthly columnist for Better Investing magazine for more than fifteen years. She’s taught classes about personal finance, writing, and creativity across the United States and in Berlin, Germany. Angele also writes novels for children and young adults, and is a member of SCBWI, RWA, WRW, and YARWA. She is represented by Jennifer Laughran of the Andrea Brown Literary Agency.

Music everywhere we go…

When we lived in Berlin, we’d frequently see and/or hear musicians on trains, in train stations, and sometimes even on the sidewalk right outside our home.

Here in the DC area, musicians don’t play on the Metro trains at all and only rarely in or near the stations. So whenever we do encounter someone sharing their musical talent in a public place, it’s definitely a lovely surprise.

Here are a few of the musicians we’ve encountered lately, and yes, we do show our appreciation with at least a dollar or two to each!

August 21, 2015: Clarendon Metro station, Arlington, VA

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February 21, 2014: Washington, DC (photo taken through the window of a brew pub near Shaw Metro station)

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November 24, 2013: Washington, DC (outside the National Archives)

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#LoveIsEverywhere, Exhibit G

LIE 7.2.15I see hearts in unexpected places all the time as I go about my day, and they always remind me that love is everywhere. Sharing some of these hearts here with you is one of the many ways I aim to send love right back out into the world.

Spotted this tangled-up heart along the curb in Arlington, VA – July 2, 2015

#LoveIsEverywhere, Exhibit C

Photo credit: Angele McQuade
Photo credit: Angele McQuade

I see hearts in unexpected places all the time as I go about my day, and they always remind me that love is everywhere. Sharing some of these hearts here with you is one of the many ways I aim to send love right back out into the world as often as I can.

I was absolutely tickled to be asked to speak about money and also my writing career at the venerable Neighbor’s Club in Arlington on February 11th, and even more delighted when I arrived to find this heart wreath on the door.

A lovely day, and a lovely welcome!

The 8th thing I love about living in Arlington, VA…

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Wait, what – Hurt Locker is a musical? Nope…just an elaborate inside joke from the current Broadway production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch.

Finally being close enough to New York that theater weekends can be a real thing!

Thanks to Vamoose Bus and its direct trips from Arlington to Penn Station in Midtown Manhattan, we’ve been taking full advantage of this proximity to catch up on some amazing Broadway shows.

 

Our first trip up not long after moving back to the US from Berlin, we saw Wicked (Theater Girl’s pick for her very first Broadway show), plus the sadly now-closed After Midnight (with Dulé Hill!) and Buyer & Cellar (Michael Urie!).

On our second trip, we were extra-ambitious and managed to squeeze in four shows plus a whole day with a friend conveniently visiting from Berlin that same weekend. Seeing Neil Patrick Harris and Lena Hall in the new production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch is a thrill I’m still pinching myself over months later, matched only by FINALLY seeing Alan Cumming in the latest Cabaret revival (Michelle Williams, too). Stunning performances, all.

Neil Patrick Harris and Lena Hall? Enough said.
Neil Patrick Harris and Lena Hall? Enough said.

 

Seriously, looking back at those sentences I just typed, I have to wonder if I’m not the luckiest person ever.

 

 

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Add in Pippin and this other kinda-well-known actor Daniel Radcliffe (Daniel Radcliffe!!!) in The Cripple of Inishmaan and I already know it’s going to be hard to top that theater-licious weekend.

 

At least until Theater Girl is stage managing professional shows of her own, because you know I’m going to want to be in the audience for those every single night.