I have been somewhat absent from the blogosphere as of late. That’s because, in the last three weeks, I have done a lot of things.
- Spent a few days in Georgia, visiting friends
- Facilitated a Shenandoah Writers meeting
- Met with the fabulous people of the Arts Council of the Valley, who are helping me and the Write-Brained Network put on our WB Workshop
- Gone to the dentist—not all that time-consuming, but it did take me away from work
- Gotten my hair cut (not a pixie—sorry to disappoint)—ditto from above note
- Traveled to Front Royal, Va., for a mini writers’ retreat with Sara McClung and Cristin Terrill
- Gone with Jodi Meadows to an author reading/signing of debut literary novelist Hannah Pittard (The Fates Will Find Their Way)
- Gotten sick
- Trying not to be sick
- Writing interview questions for both Wendy Toliver and Meg Cabot (I’m interviewing them for an article for the 2012 Children’s Writer’s & Illustrator’s Market [Writer’s Digest Books], and I need to send the questions, um, Nowsville, if I expect to meet my March 1 deadline. Wha??)
- Contacting potential speakers for the WB Workshop
- Building a Web site for the WB Workshop
- Oh yeah—and I also started querying (in a *tiny* round) my latest YA manuscript, so this is why I have to distract myself with all the other stuff. So I won’t go nuts.
I was going to write a post about how wonderful and ooey-gooey it made me feel to see my former students and my Georgia be-fris, but decided I don’t have the brain power to dedicate to that this week. All my energy needs to be focused on interviewing those two awesome authors. And I definitely think the urge to clone myself and stick one Ricki clone back in Georgia would overwhelm me, so I don’t even want to go there.
I also wanted to write about how much fun I had at my writers’ retreat this past weekend, but Cristin did a great job of it here. I agree with her wholeheartedly—that getting together with other writers and realizing you all think you suck is really important for a writer’s sanity.
I will say, however, I would recommend a get-together like this to anyone. I felt completely recharged come Sunday morning, and I actually wish we’d had another day, since we all seemed to be much more in work mode—you know, at, like, 11 p.m. Saturday night. Next time, we vowed we will add at least a day or two more.
We now have a date for the Write-Brained Network’s workshop. We have a title, too.
Drumroll, please . . .
The One-Stop Workshop
for the Serious Writer:
A Roadmap from
“How to” through “I Did”
Mark your calendars for 9.10. 11, folks—for a full day of tips from the pros as well as writerly camaraderie.
Okay, well, that’s it for me at the moment. I hope you can bear with me through all this craziness. I promise to be back with a super awesome “In the Blogosphere” this Friday or Saturday.
Happy Wednesday, everyone!