Yes, yesterday was another of those semi-annual highlights of my life, AML meetings. I don’t have the time or energy to give you a minute-by-minute rundown (sorry), so I’m going to skip over the clandestine political strategizing by Utah County legislators-to-be (not mentioning names, Boyd), the hostile takeover of the AML leadership, the swarm of angry househusbands chasing down their Segullah wives, the mission-statement-destroying revolutionary speech by our president, the highly questionable standards (someone actually said “boob job”!!!!) at the reading, and the underhanded food-stealing by perpetrators from my own table who brazenly went back to the buffet line after being asked not to.
Nor will I mention how Brandon Sanderson swept the awards show; how Mark managed to use the word palimpsest in his paper without blinking; how Harlow Clark managed to discuss everything under the sun (as usual) and somehow tie together the works of O. S. Card, Margaret Young, Scott Bronson, C. S. Lewis, J. K. Rowling and Dave Wolverton; Marilyn Brown’s discussion of her epic struggle to understand just one line of a Clinton Larson poem (and finally getting it in the middle of the night); my desperate plea to Jim Faulconer to read his entire paper one more time so I could really get it; the mysterious spy (from Deseret Book?) masquerading as Chris Bigelow’s son (yeah, sure he’s only thirteen); and the way people kept insisting on jawing on about the Scriptures as Literature while I was trying to schmooze.
Nay, I will leave all of that unmentioned. Instead I will just say that once again I returned home refreshed and ready to hit the trenches. I love all those guys and can never overemphasize the ways that AML has enriched my life. Particularly this weekend I was grateful for Harlow Clark, who first dared to publish my very beginning-level poetry in Irreantum. His support encouraged me to keep on trying. When I write, I write for my AML friends (and now my Segullah friends). Without them, I would have produced nothing. Thanks, guys!