Audra Krell

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Some Conference Highlights

This past weekend was the 10th Anniversary of the Christian Writer's Guild Writing for the Soul Conference. It was tremendous.

A couple of highlights:

Max Lucado was the keynote one evening. He reminded me that I will never write better than I live. I want to be a good writer. I better live well.

Phil Vischer surprised me with his powerful story. He created VeggieTales in 1990 and has a new company called Jellyfish Labs. The real story however, is in the way God moved in his life. Reaching a place of utter brokenness, Phil is now able to integrate faith in a fresh and authentic way, through his new company. I encourage you to check out his story, you'll be glad you did.

And a classic Audra moment:

At dinner one evening I sat next to a Neurologist, who was accompanying his writer wife. I let 30 minutes go by before asking if I could get his opinion on a medical question. He welcomed my question and I launched into Landon's story of his severe head injury. I threw out all my big terms: post traumatic memory loss, post concussive syndrome, etc. I wrapped up with, "So in your opinion is it normal for him to have these headaches for so long?"

"I really couldn't say, that's out of my area of expertise," he said.

"But you're a Neurologist."

"I'm a Urologist."

I died a thousand deaths.

"Well, you'll be happy to know my son's urine is a pale yellow, he seems really hydrated. . ."


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12 thoughts on “Some Conference Highlights

  1. Carolyn on said:

    Love it! 😀

  2. Thank you Carolyn. Hope your writing dreams are going as you wish!

  3. Audra, it was a surprise running into you during the last minutes of the conference. Glad I did!
    Your post concerning Landon and his headaches…assuming Landon is your son? My oldest son deals with post-traumatic headaches from an auto injury that occurred 18 months ago. We’ve had little luck with medicines, and doctors (even neurologists) could not figure out a solution.
    I’ll email you tonight with more details…I’m also interested in Landon’s story.

  4. Audra…sorry, I must have skipped over the last line in your post…of course he’s your son. 🙂

  5. Brock,
    I'll look forward to swapping stories, yes Landon is our youngest son, age 11. Talk to you soon!

  6. LOL! Love the bit from Max Lucado tho… ha!

  7. Max Lucado was a wonderful speaker. If you ever get the chance to hear him, take it!

  8. One more thing, Jerry replied to your comment… ha! And if I do get that chance, I will go see him… reading his current book.

  9. Urologist, neurologist. The pronunciation IS very close. Could happen to anyone.
    Glad you went away from the conference with such a lite nugget to live well. Do that and the writing will follow, eh.
    Just popping into your sphere. Hope Landon’s headaches are easing up? Headaches sure are unpleasant.
    God bless! And I know he is blessing you, it shows in your spirit.

  10. So good to see you Jannie!!!  He still hasn't had a day without a headache, but the last two days in row he has said they are better!!!! I'm so happy! Blessings to you Jannie girl.

  11. Haha. Love that. Glad you had a good week!

  12. Too much information Audra!!!!!
    Ha!! Okay – very funny! (I am laughing..WITH YOU!!).
    Sounds like a great conference!! And some wonderful insights…

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