Tuesday, August 1, 2017

June and July Wrap-Up

Wow, summer has flown by!! I'll admit that I haven't done a stellar job of updating this blog during the past few months, but I promise that's not because I haven't been busy! After the rush and excitement of finishing a first draft in May, I filled the rest of my summer with lots of other fun events. :)

I started June by attending the fabulous Indiana SCBWI conference. Sometimes great things come in small packages.

Beautiful views from our hotel/conference center at an Indiana State Park

Swan family in the early morning! 

 Everyone there was kind and supportive and the faculty members were spectacular. I particularly loved the picture book session with Tammi Sauer. Hearing her advice really motivated me to keep working on my picture books.

Absolutely gorgeous gardens there as well. I was in heaven!

I spent the rest of June working on my current novel: BRITISH BOYFRIEND COURSE. I’m attending the Whole Novel Workshop at Highlights in August (yesssss!) and I needed to revise that novel before sending it to my mentor. Between that, teaching my summer class, and back-to-back-to-back kid’s birthday parties, June was FULL.

My son and I are shooting webs here, haha!

We had fun with the food.

In July, I had a few more deadlines for upcoming critiques. Our SCBWI group is holding a workshop with agent Danielle Chiotti in September so I needed to get my work ready for that. I also revised a new picture book for a critique at the Northern Ohio SCBWI conference later this year.

Beyond that, I’ve been reading and reading and reading. Middle grade fantasies and YA contemporary. Work from friends and attendees to the Whole Novel Workshop, lots of picture books,  plus a new craft book called STORY GENIUS. It’s been a little strange to take a break from writing this month, but it’s also been freeing.

I can’t wait to go back to Highlights in a few weeks. There will be time for writing lessons and critiques with my fellow attendees, along with lots of hard work revising BBC. And, of course, I’ll be spending time with friends--old and new--and eating lots of seriously scrumptious food there. Whoo-hoo!

And here are my calendars for June and July. June is a little pathetic after such a productive month in May, but there was a lot going on that month.

And July... I was more consistent this month at least. All of the green, yellow, and orange is related to reading! 


  1. YO have been very busy an staking time to enjoy life can/will feed our work. Impressive that BBC is "done." Congrats!

  2. Go YOU! :) And can't wait to see you at Highlights! xo