Insecure Writers Support Group-December Post

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Well, it’s been a while since I wrote a post.  Good thing I have IWSG (it’s a blog hop, so hop on in!) to get me back here.  It’s been an exhausting few weeks.  I flew to NYC to celebrate Thanksgiving with my daughters.  It’s the first time in at least 20 years that I didn’t make Thanksgiving dinner here at home.  They did all of the shopping and most of the cooking, and it was wonderful!

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Me and the kids, Thanksgiving 2016

And when I got back, I hit the ground running–lots of work for school.  But we are settling in and all is well.  But I’ve been exhausted!  I get home and sleep for a while then catch up on school and personal emails and work.

Good news–my wrist is almost back to normal.  I’ve been splint and cast free for almost a month.  I have another 2-3 weeks of occupational therapy.  My wrist and hand are getting stronger and more flexible daily–and less stiff and painful.

I have been working on my book dummy for “Dung Beetles in Love.”  I did a draft of it in October for the Smart Dummies Challenge.  And I’ve gotten some encouraging feedback for it.  Really, I never thought I’d be writing a story about dung beetles and poo-balls, but it’s a fun story.  Anyhow, after it was critiqued at Prairie Writers and Illustrators day–a local SCBWI event–I rewrote it and so had to redo almost all of the illustrations.  But I’m learning a lot and having fun.  I have a meeting with my mentor, Mira Reisberg, of Children’s Book Academy, and hope to have it ready to submit by the end of the year.  I’ll keep you posted!

Anyhow, this months IWSG question:

In terms of your writing career, where do you see yourself five years from now, and what’s your plan to get there?

Ooohhhh, 5 years–In five years, I will have several picture books published and one middle grade novel.  My plan–keep working, keep learning, keep practicing, and really start sending stuff out to agents and publishers.  At this point, I really want to be traditionally published, but I might change my mind.  For picture books, especially, it seems to be the way to go.  And I’d like to be illustrating for other people, too.

That was a pretty easy question, for once!  The doing isn’t always so easy.  For me the hardest part is the self-promotion, but I’m getting better at it.

Here’s a sketch from my dummy, which is still pretty rough, but I never let that stop me before….

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That’s all for now.

Thanks for stopping by!

I am a writer, handworker, artist and teacher (a WHAT!), and a mom of two beautiful daughters who are amazingly 17 and 21. I am working on getting my first book, a fantasy novel for young people, published and am busy spinning on my new spinning wheel. I have been a Waldorf early childhood teacher for 10 years now, and before that, I was a lawyer. Teaching is much more fun.

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