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Writing by nature is a solitary endeavor. Ask any successful author and they will tell you that getting to the point of publication took countless hours of alone-time in front of a screen. Things can get pretty quiet; just you, a blank piece of paper and the ticking clock. And that’s one of the reasons some writers never become authors. It’s just too lonely out there.

That’s why we need to reach out to others like us and attending a conference is a great step. I just got back from the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators annual conference in New York City. I was surrounded by people just like me! Writers who are almost authors. Artists who are almost illustrators. And of course those who have already found success.

While I didn’t come away with a lot of new tools for my writing box, I did leave with a renewed conviction that this is what I was meant to do. What I got out of the experience was validation that I am on the right track and that if I keep plugging away, success will follow. I just need to be patient. And I know we read this type of advice all the time. But when you pay good money for the advice, somehow it matters a little more. You are invested, literally.

In the Grand Hyatt’s ballroom on Sunday, I stood three feet away from Arthur A. Levine  (publisher of the Harry Potter series)  and was tongue-tied. This year I had nothing to offer. But next year? If he’s there, I’m going to give him the best break-out middle grade chapter book pitch he’s ever heard!

Now that’s the attitude!

Write on everybody.

Getting Noticed… It’s Nice.

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A few days ago, after my morning tea, I  discovered that my blog had been nominated for a Liebster Award! WOW! I jumped up and down and did a Happy Dance. But then I asked myself… What is a Liebster Award? After a little Google search I found that it’s a fun way to get people excited about your stuff and, at the same time, pay it forward. So THANKS to the fair and talented Lily of odetocreation.wordpress.com. She thought my stuff was worthy of a shout out!

The Rules:
  • You must link back to the person who nominated you.
  • You must answer the 11 questions given to you by the nominee.
  • You must pick 11 nominees with under 200 (or 2000 if you want to go with that) followers to answer your questions.
  • You cannot nominate the person who nominated you.
  • You must let the people you nominate know they have been nominated.

My answers to Lily’s questions:

  • Favorite movie:  Little Miss Sunshine
  • Song that makes me feel alive:   The Logical Song  by Supertramp
  • If I could live anywhere, where would it be:   Bath, Maine
  • Favorite food:  Greek salad or chocolate cake
  • Favorite word:  serendipity
  • Favorite hobby:  collecting Fire King
  • If I could change my name:  I like my name.
  • Favorite snack:  buffalo chicken wings with blue cheese
  • Favorite class in college:  Editing. I know. I’m weird.
  • Favorite poem: The Red Wheelbarrow, by William Carlos Williams
  • Favorite season:  SPRING!

Here are some noteworthy blogs that I think you’ll really like. Most deal with writing and books while a few focus on travel and cooking. Enjoy!

Margaux’s Blog

One Book, Two Books, Old Books, New Books

A Penny and her Jots

Emu’s Debuts

Wicked Words

Jodie Llewellyn

papermashed

nicholasandriani

kateloveton

thriftyniftynancy

AngieKozBlogs

Now, for those I nominated, here are your questions:

  1. What was your favorite cereal as a kid?
  2. What is your favorite movie?
  3. How old is the oldest thing in your closet?
  4. What is the name of your favorite pet (past or present)?
  5. Who is your favorite author?
  6. What is the coolest city you have ever visited?
  7. What is the oldest food in your fridge?
  8. What is your favorite brand of soap?
  9. What do you crave when you crave?
  10. What is your favorite TV sitcom (past or present)?
  11. What era in history best defines you?

I guess that’s it. Carry on everyone. I will be rooting for us all when they announce the winners of the 2014 Liebster Awards! – Kathy

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