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Polaris 2009

For the most part, Polaris was a blast. The hotel was nice. The panel rooms (except the panels in the squash courts) were closer together than in the other hotel, so it was much easier to get from one to another. The hotel staff were very accommodating. The Polaris guests were very friendly and entertaining. The DJs for the two dances were much, much better than the previous two years. They played songs we could actually dance to!!!!

The Writers' Workshop was very useful this year. It was led by a literary agent who talked about the agency and publication aspects of writing. I feel a lot more confident about submitting my works now than I did before. That's probably because I understand more of it and recognize how that aspect of the business functions. It is no longer a nebulous group of people sitting behind big desks who stamp manuscripts with a big red REJECTED label. Yup, putting a face to the industry really helps.

I made friends with a couple of published authors this year. I hope to see them and develop the friendships further at next year's Polaris.

The only sad part is that I slept through most of Saturday (the main day) because of depression. I've been fighting depression for several months and was hoping the convention (that I always look forward to) would help break through it. Alas, I am now reduced to contacting my doctor again...or maybe my psychiatrist because my doctor didn't take it seriously enough when I raised the issue last time.
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I'm so sorry that you ended up missing most of Saturday due to depression. Considering its severity and the struggle you've had all these months, I think you would be very wise to contact your doctor or psychiatrist. I'm tempted to say psychiatrist because I've had experience with doctors who won't take certain issues seriously and it sounds like yours falls into that category.

Well, despite the depression, you obviously had a terrific time at Polaris. :-) It's always great when the guests are friendly and the DJs play decent music at con dances. And your time at Polaris was very productive as well given what you learned at the Writer's Workshop! I hope you will be able to further develop the friendships you formed with those two published authors.
Thank you. I am feeling more positive (despite the depression) about the possibility of publication.

I have an appointment with my family doctor on Friday afternoon. If it appears he doesn't take me seriously, I will move on to the psychiatrist. There is definitely something wrong beyond attitude (which is how he dismissed it last time).
The DJs for the two dances were much, much better than the previous two years. They played songs we could actually dance to!!!!
Heh! We had no such luck at FedCon in Bonn :) Lucky you!

It was led by a literary agent who talked about the agency and publication aspects of writing. I feel a lot more confident about submitting my works now than I did before.
That's great.

The only sad part is that I slept through most of Saturday (the main day) because of depression.
Aww hon!
Do you understand what brought this on?

Sorry for being absent for a bit.
*huggles*
You are a fairly regular poster on LJ, so I was getting concerned about you. :)

Nope, I don't know what's bringing on the depression. I'm seeing my family doctor this afternoon about it. Maybe this time he'll take me seriously. Argh! If not, I'll request a referral back to my old psychiatrist.
How are you feeling now/
has the extra sleep made things lighter?

Hope your family doctor will shed some light on this or refer you to your old psychiatrist.
*huggles*
I think the issue is primarily finances. My doctor is taking it seriously this time, so I am as hopeful as one who is depressed can be. I see him again on Monday.
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