Dinner Conversation with Husband

Over spaghetti at Biaggi’s tonight.

Catherine: There’s a workshop in Madison. It features Donald Maas and Nalo Hopkinson.

Bryon: And they are?

Catherine: Famous writer people. Nalo Hopkinson was a guest at Readercon
last year. She’s taught at Clarion as well. Donald Maass is a famous literary agent who is well known for teaching seminars on writing. This seminar will be based on his book The Fire in Fiction. He also wrote Writing the Breakout Novel.

Bryon: Oh. (sips iced tea). Are you going?

Catherine: I’d like to. We really can’t afford it. Not with my trip to Norway. I wish I’d known about this before. It’s not in the budget.

Bryon: You should go.

Catherine: Well, it’s like $550 for the three days of class, and another $350 for the hotel.

Bryon: Could you find another hotel? A cheaper one?

Catherine: Yeah. (Pulls tea bag out of mug) I could. Allison would have to give me that Friday off.

Bryon: You know she would.

Catherine: I don’t know. It’s expensive. I feel like when I got that scholarship to Japan, and I didn’t think I should go, because I needed to earn money.

Bryon: (nods) Maybe we can use part of our tax return for it.

Catherine: I was also thinking about that for Norway debt.

Bryon: We can pay for it.

Catherine: I don’t want to do anything to jeopardize our anniversary trip next year.

Bryon: (shrug) That’s next year.

Catherine: I shouldn’t.

Bryon: Listen, woman, the only chance I have at getting a full-scale Lost in Space robot is if you become a best-selling author. You’d best get started.


So, it looks like I will be going to that workshop in Madison, pending getting the boss to give me the day off. I’ll be seeking out alternative hotels, although if there were someone I knew going who wanted to share a room, I’d consider the Holiday Inn. I’d have to know you fairly well, though, or you’d have to be recommended by someone I did.

And Bryon did talk me into going on the Japan trip as well. FYI.


Author: Catherine Schaff-Stump

Catherine Schaff-Stump writes fiction for children and young adults. Her most recent book, The Vessel of Ra, is the first book in the Klaereon Scroll series. She is currently working on its sequel, as well as penning the middle grade adventures of Abigail Rath, monster hunter.

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