Schmoozing

Creative people often work in isolation so some of us will do anything to see other humans (adult humans). This weekend, I boarded a plane and flew to Manchester, NH where my good friend Joyce picked me up and drove me to the Poland Springs Campground. Here I get a chance to schmooze with all these amazing writers and friends. We work, we laugh, we talk, we eat, we drink, we eat, we drink, we laugh more… you get it. My hubby has been away quite a bit so I totally needed this break. On Monday, I’ll be back to work and busy but for now, I’m so happy being surrounded by support and love. 

 In eight minutes I will swing into action making PB & J’s, prodding small children out of bed, and nagging them toward the bus. Thank goodness they are not big enough to take the middle school bus 6:30 or the high school bus 7:00. I just said good-bye to hubby. September is full of business travel for him (three weeks in a row but home for weekends.) We are headed to Maine for two of those weekends. One to visit his family and attend the Great State of Maine Air Show. (Bring your ear plugs.) The second time to take me to my writers schmooze. I can’t wait.

I’ve been working hard on my novel. Writing, reading craft books, and thinking. A lot of thinking about who my character is and what he would really do. Trying to let him write the story and not insert myself too much. Since he is loosely based on my older son (9), I’ve found myself delving deeply into I.’s personality. All characters need a flaw, and he certainly has them (as do we all). As a mother (a jewish mother : )) it is hard to believe that my son could have any, so the journey into this character and into this book (with an anti-semitic and bullying plot) is emotional.

Once the kids are on the bus. I’ll settle down with a cup of tea and my laptop and write another couple of chapters. Hope I can revise the first draft by schmooze time. Until then, I’m looking forward to cool nights, loons on the lakes, and you all.

Places and People

This weekend I had places to go and people to see. On Saturday morning, I was to be in Holliston, Mass. as the NE-SCBWI conference co-director for a meeting to present all the exciting things we are planning for April 2009. At the same time, however, I wanted to be at Poland Spring Campground Schmoozing with my writing buddies.  I ended up driving down Friday evening so that I wouldn’t have to drive six hours in one day. I stayed over-night, presented at the meeting and saw the wonderful folks who volunteer to make NE-SCBWI work. Then I hopped in the car and drove four hours to the campground. I missed the critique time but got to connect with

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, and Jeanne Bracken. They showed me online scrabble. They are so evil!  (Check out their blogs for pictures.) The weekend was very full and the most amazing thing was that the timing all worked. I said I’d be at the campground at 4 pm and I was. Thankfully, I was safe and sound despite the rain, and traffic.

Hubby starts his job in Maryland this week and we will finish out the school year in Maine. Things to do this week.
1. Finish Roar send to agent. Check in on manuscript sales status. (ick)
2. Work on novel every day.
3. Sort through clothes toys and books. Weed out what you do not want to move.
Okay, that it way enough.