I've been a memeber of She Writes for years and am finally realizing how many fantastic communities there are within the organization. I recently submitted the first 2k words of my YA novel to the YA contest being held now. I am in…"
"It was a wonderful experience to meet the other writers at today's reading and to hear their voices reading the wonderful pieces in oil & Water. Maureen, thank you for all the hard work putting together this event and for your friend's…"
I've been a memeber of She Writes for years and am finally realizing how many fantastic communities there are within the organization. I recently submitted the first 2k words of my YA novel to the YA contest being held now. I am in the process of rewritng my first draft and working on making all those "shitty first draft" pages better. I blog about secondary infertility, life and leave fiction excerpts at: www.writerhughes.wordpress.com and I am happy to say I have a short story in the winter edition of moonShine review (a southern literary journal)www.moonshinereview.wordpress.com. Today I'm trying to get it all together before heading out of town to visit family with my 3 year old little one. Looking forward to getting to know everyone here!
Laura, thank you for your note. As soon as I hear from any others who are interested and what dates would be open for them, I'll go the next step. If there are particular dates in late September (after 19th) and in October that would be particularly good for you, please let me know. The artist who is offering the space would like to be able to get a date on the schedule and she's offered to help with promo (she's excellent at that). I'm hoping this will be easy (!) to coordinate. Will be back in touch when I hear from the others. Maureen
Hi Laura, thanks for the support. I got home at 11:30 Tuesday night and ran around all day helping spouse prepare for the audio book launch last night. It was an incredible evening. Todd Randolph, a fantastic actress who is on the audio read from Edith Wharton's biography, A Backward Glance. She read the section on Henry James at The Mount and it was hilarious. What an amazing evening to be sitting on the veranda at The Mount listening to Edith's words. Today, I'm back to reality, such as it is, unpacking, reorganizing and working on the book proposal. I'll let you know how it goes. Nicky
Laura- Still dipping my toes into the wonderful SheWrites pool and found your website. Looks fabulous. Can't wait to explore it more thoroughly. I'm especially intrigued by the writing contests. Writing from prompts is a great way to generate new material. Thanks!
Actually, over the last week, I was about as Southern as I have gotten -- assuming DC counts. My God, the car thermometer literally read 113 degrees outside. Don't people BAKE THINGS at that temperature? I was happy to return to Seattle, where it is a crisp 68 degrees and rainy.
Yeah, I guess the only other reason to keep talking is to make sure they remember you when they get around to reading those three chapters a month from now. I kind of figure that any personal connection helps.
I was late for lunch because the person before me in the agent conference went longer than supposed to. My 12:45 appointment started more like 1:00! Annoying!
Both agent conferences went well. I've sent them first 50 pages or whatever they asked for. Now I get to wait. I also got a chance to speak with two authors I've had contact with but not gotten a chance to meet, so that was good. The panels were ok, but the most valuable thing was meeting authors and agents.
When I didn't see you in the afternoon, I figured you'd gone home early since you weren't feeling well. We'll try to meet up again some other time. If you're ever in Charlottesville, be sure to let me know!