Friday, March 13, 2009

Serendipity Was on the Menu

I've got a few articles on the back burner, but currently am too busy/tired/excited to write them. I'm attending the UVU Forum on Children's Literature in Orem, Utah and have been since yesterday.

I've had my manuscript "The Secret Life of My Cat, Sneakers" reviewed again by Rick Waltonyesterday. That was strangely exciting. It lead to the highlight yesterday for me which was the brainstorming session I had with Rick about different things I could do to add a new dimension to my story. This session was interrupted by the arrival of Michael O. Tunnellwho chatted with Rick about how much the children's book publishing industry has changed. That lead to me tagging along and accidentally sitting at the same lunch table with them and the visiting editor, Abby Ranger from Hyperion, as well as author Shannon Hale.

That's about as cool as it got. What? You didn't think I actually talked to any of these people, did you? Fortunately, my friend, author Carol Lynch Williams, joined us. She is such a warm person. I can always count on her to make me feel welcome.

Despite alarming sleep deprivation, my depression is under control, the ticking is kept in check with a steady stream of proteiny snacks, and as for ADHD, I'm so tired I've resigned myself to the fact that I have no brain.

Today's sessions haven't been as exciting for me, though I can partially blame my allergies. Mother Nature's little hellions are trying to encase my eyes in their yellow, gunky love. I left the conference for a time in an emergency run to Walmart for some ClaritinD and much needed peace of mind.

And now you know what I've been up to. I'm so glad that I'm pushing myself so I can participate in this forum instead of staying home in a blue funk. Hopefully, I will be able to resume a regular blogging schedule next week. Hopefully, you're having a great day as well…

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