On a positive note, the conference also marked the end of the writing contest. I tried my hand at a new genre, horror( implied gore). I was pleasantly surprised to be awarded second place in adult short fiction. My story, Stranger in Town, is now in the associations 2011 anthology, on lulu.com, if you're interested.
For now I'm moving ahead with second in the series, title is tentatively Secret of Mesa Verde. I'm now re-thinking that. Maybe too Hardy Boys. I am in one of the revision stages right now. I have actually written the final page, but the story continues to breathe and grow.