I am a great fan of the films directed by Wes Anderson -- in particular "The Grand Budapest Hotel", which recounts the chance meeting between a writer and the titular inn's proprietor.
As the film opens, the writer, known appropriately only as "The Author", addresses the audience, saying:
It is an extremely common mistake. People think the writer's imagination is always at work, that he is constantly inventing an endless supply of incidents and episodes; that he simply dreams up his stories out of thin air. In point of fact, the opposite is true. Once the public knows you are a writer, they bring the characters and events to you -- and as long as you maintain your ability to look and carefully listen, these stories will continue to seek you out over your lifetime. To him who has often told the tales of others, many tales will be told.
Indeed, as one whose only paychecks have come from telling the tales of others for more than a decade now, there's a lot of truth to that. And as much as I'd like to say the pieces I consider my best to have originated from a lot of hard work on my part, the truth, as The Author states, is that oftentimes, the best stories are the ones you don't go looking for at all.
It's because of this that last year, we decided to host a pair of "Meet the Editors" sessions at HydroVision International to interact with some of the people, companies and organizations we might not otherwise hear from.
I think I speak for all my counterparts when I say they were a success, and we gained a lot of good material and contacts from them. And even though we are, admittedly, still trying to make use of many of the things we learned in Nashville, we are once more pleased to host two Meet the Editors sessions at HydroVision International in Portland.
These sessions will include Hydro Review and HRW-Hydro Review Worldwide managing editor Elizabeth Ingram, HRW-Hydro Review Worldwide chief editor David Appleyard, Hydro Group associate editor Greg Poindexter and myself, giving you an opportunity to share ideas that could potentially make their way to our magazines or website, HydroWorld.com.
Both sessions take place at teh PennWell booth on the exhibit hall floor, with the first taking place Wednesday, July 16 from 12:45 pm -- 1:15 pm, and the second taking place Thursday, July 16 at the same time.
So, we very much look forward to hearing what you have to say or putting names with faces. And if you can't make it to Portland, as always, we welcome you to get in touch via email or telephone.