What a weekend!
The problem with these conferences is that they go by too quickly.
I was grating cheese for Taco Tuesday tonight and I noticed my thumb feeling tender, right on the side of the joint. Such a weird feeling. It suddenly occurred to me that it was from the insane amounts of note taking I did on Saturday during sessions with Linda Urban, Cheryl Klein, and Bruce Coville.
Hélène Boudreau talked about her path to publishing her latest book, I Dare you Not to Yawn.
I was so impressed with all of them. Their passion and knowledge, and how they connected with us was wonderful.
I usually attend SCBWI conferences as an illustrator, but this time around I decide to go for the Novel Intensive Track. I’ve been working on a fantasy novel for a few years now. I’m in revisions and this weekend was exactly what I needed to give me that extra boost.
The critique circle at the end on Sunday was pretty great, too. I love hearing what others are working on. We are so diverse. And imaginative. And crazy.
The main thing that I always walk away from SCBWI events is faith in humanity. Truly. I have yet to meet someone there that wasn’t a sincere and warm and beautiful person – some quirky, some boisterous, some quiet, all genuine. I’m always left with a sense of awe at the children’s publishing industry.