I went to Baltimore to attend a Writer's Conference. These conferences are helpful because I'm getting 45 minutes to an hour of introductory information on all aspects of writing and publishing. Between the past 2 conferences, I have been introduced to writing the first novel, what agents look for, choices in publishing, how to attract a traditional publisher, literary law, etc. I read more books on Novel Writing, Dialogue, and Character Development. I found and signed up to take Writing the First Novel at the UCLA Extension Writer's studio in February, 2003. It's a 4-day workshop, 9 - 5 each day. Can't imagine writing that long, no matter how much I love it. This has been the busiest month.