Boring Conference is back..although I wasn't aware that it had been here before. It's listed as "a celebration of the outwardly ordinary, mundane and prosy but which, on peeking beneath the surface, reveal hitherto undreamed of depths."
It takes place in London on Saturday, May 31. In the three previous Boring Conferences topics have included sneezing, toast, and yellow lines (on the road).
No word yet on this year's apparently boring topics. I would suggest accounting, lint, and nasal hair (if you are a fan of any, don't take offence, obviously I trust that all three of these have hidden thrills).
The first tickets wil be released on Feb. 28, see BoringConference.com for more information.
What actually caught my attention wasn't just the Conference but the fact that I think a lot of writing either reveals the extraordinary aspects of the ordinary, or the ordinary aspects of the extraordinary. I guess reality shows specialize in the latter, although as they run out of topics, increasingly they are revealing the ordinary aspects of ordinary subjects (Cupcake Wars anyone?).
Writers probably don't need to attend the Conference (although it might be enjoyable) because looking beneath the surface is a big part of the process. Checking whether you've revealed enough of that in what you've written might also be a good strategy for your second draft.