Tuesday, March 1, 2011
Another boot camp highlight were the critiques. We were all assigned to a small critique group prior to the conference. Everyone did written critiques for each other and then we had a breakout session together. The brainstorming as a group was fantastic! This happened after learning all day Saturday from Lisa. It was so interesting to see how that changed things for everyone. Very valuable. Lisa also provided everyone with a fantastic written critique as well as meetings with each small group.
Amazing conference! Can't wait to tackle my manuscripts.
I just received word that my poem "Jack-o'-Lantern" will be appearing in the October issue of Highlights High Five. Hooray! Be sure to check it out at your local bookstore or library. I always look forward to seeing their illustrations. It's such a fun surprise!
Thanks so much for all of the support from my writer friends and from my family. My parents are the best cheerleaders a girl could ever hope for. Before this all started they surprised me with a cute pink marathon t-shirt and a big box of chocolates. A piece for each day that I completed a manuscript. (In March I'm going on a diet.) And my mom sent daily e-mails to keep me motivated. ;-)
My husband and kiddos were really great too. Didn't let me get lazy. Let me have my writing time, even at night. And the kids were so into it that they were coming up with new ideas for me too. Then I'd hear "Mom, did you write about ____ yet? That will be a really good one." They also endured endless nights of take-out and frozen dinners. (I'm really going on a diet in March.) Thank you guys - love you!