Just finished day 1 of my writer’s group’s semi-annual writing retreat: the Write-Off! Spring is our long weekend (4-day) retreat, and I got about a chapter revised in my novel. Three more days to go!
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Mar 21 2014
Was invited to the local chapter of SCBWI this week to present on writing SF/F/H for YA and MG writers. Tons of fun-we had a great discussion. Thanks, so much, Pamela, for inviting me!
Retreats are amazing for getting stuff done, but there always seems to be a digging out when I come home. Sigh. Today: catching up on emails and volunteer work. Did get a grant application finished and mailed in before the deadline this week for When Words Collide–have another one due in two weeks, then grant writing season is over for this year!
I was wondering how to incorporate the back story into my novel, and this morning at 5:00 AM I woke up with the idea in my head and came downstairs and wrote it down. I’m not doing it in exactly the way I first thought of it, but I have a variation I think will work. Feels good! Also, this week I got asked to teach 3 more courses at the Alexandra Centre. One is new to me, but the other two I’ve done before. Looking forward to them!
It is good to have another short story in the mail. I really must look at some I have finished but not submitted and see if they need a polish–then decide where to send them. Tomorrow: going to New York to see the sights with my sister; but I’ll also get to SFWA’s Authors’ and Editors’ Reception. Should be great!
The role of SFWA secretary promises to be a demanding one, at least for the first few months, but I’m getting a bit more efficient with procedures and routines. Whew! Also, back to the editing job and loving it. Making good progress. And, last night I got a draft of my AFA application done, and it’s not due until September. Looking forward to getting back to the novel, and AFA support would certainly help. Hope third time is the charm.
Rainy day today, and none of my family home. Just the perfect day to get lots of writing done!
It was such a delight to teach the year-long novel writing course at the Alexandra Centre this year. Last night was our last class and I’m really going to miss the bi-weekly get-togethers with my students. I won’t miss the students, though, because I am sure I will see them at various writing events in the future. All of them seemed very excited about continuing to write and be part of the writing community.
Well, I’m off to Edmonton for the WGA Conference. Will moderate a genre session tomorrow afternoon, and there is an opportunity to sell my collection. Should be great. Also, I decided to take the bus–weather’s bad for driving and I can relax rather than worry about the roads. AND, I can get some work done during the 3 hours’s trip each way.
Very cool: I stood for election for the position of secretary with the Science Fiction Writers of America, and won! I fly to San Jose to attend the Nebula Awards weekend in a week and a half, to meet the other members of the board, and to learn more about my portfolio from the previous secretary! Yay!