Thursday, September 15, 2016

Conferences, and Weddings, and Parties! Oh my!

September is always a busy (and fun!) month for me because my mother, mother-in-law, and myself all have our birthdays this month. This year September is even crazier though. I have something big scheduled for every weekend this month, including traveling to Vermont and Tennessee on back-to-back weekends!

Next weekend I'm flying to the east coast for my cousin's wedding. I LOVE weddings and I'm really looking forward to seeing my extended family as well.

The following weekend is my 35th birthday party!  And this isn't going to be any normal birthday party either. The theme is...Fairy Tea Party!! I'm envisioning scarfing tea sandwiches and tiny desserts while wearing flower crowns and catching up with friends. :)

But let's not forget this weekend. I'm driving 6+ hours to attend the MidSouth SCBWI conference in Nashville, Tennessee! Although I've been to a few SCBWI conferences now, I've never been to the MidSouth one so this will be a new experience for me. I've heard really great things about the conference and they have wonderful faculty members scheduled.

This will also be the largest conference I've attended. It starts Friday night and lasts until Sunday afternoon and I plan to do as much as possible! I'll be going to five workshops, keynote speeches, critique groups, first-page readings, and a professional critique. Whew!

It's been almost a year since I attended a conference and I'm eager to spend the whole weekend immersed in the kidlit community. I hope to have renewed energy and motivation to come home and dive back into my WIP.

I'll post again with my thoughts on the conference and the rest of my September travels!

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